Facts about Frozen-Thawed Embryo Transfer

The transfer of embryos to the uterus after having been previously cryopreserved and thawed is referred to as Frozen-Thawed Embryo Transfer. This important procedure is useful for the management of infertility, with generally positive outcomes comparable to fresh embryo transfers. Women who have a high risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), or those who require a quarantine period for embryos or even unfertilized oocytes are not good candidates for fresh embryo transfer. Thus, Frozen-Thawed Embryo Transfer offers a viable solution for these patients and another chance at getting pregnant. Before beginning the process, initial consultation, screening, and other tests must Continue reading →

How to Know if Cryopreservation is Right For You

Not every couple who deal with infertility will need to undergo in-vitro fertilization, and not all IVF patients will need to worry about cryopreservation, the freezing, storage of sperm, oocytes, or embryos. For example, the embryo cryopreservation process requires high quality embryos at Day 3 of development, after the best embryos have been transferred to the mother. They can also be preserved at the blastocyst stage on Day 5 or Day 6, as long as development has progressed normally. Most embryos do not progress beyond Day 3 unless they are viable and likely to result in pregnancy. Cryopreservation should be Continue reading →

Advantages of Cryopreservation

Cryopreservation is a fertility therapy that involves the extraction, freezing, and storage of a woman’s oocytes for future use. The oocytes can be thawed when the patient is ready to use them, at which point they can be fertilized through in-vitro fertilization and transferred back into the uterus as embryos or blastocysts. From this point on, the pregnancy can proceed as normal. Cryopreservation allows for several advantages that would otherwise be unavailable to patients seeking to get pregnant by natural, usual methods. It is important to increase the IVF success rates in the Philippines, same as other parts of the Continue reading →

An Overview of Cryopreservation

Cryopreservation is the procedure that makes it possible to stabilize the cells at sub-freezing temperatures. Many advances in this technology have led to the emergence of methods that allow for long-term, low-temperature maintenance of sperm, ova, and embryos. Cryopreservation is an integral part of assisted reproductive therapy, and is vital for the preservation of fertility for cancer patients, particularly before radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Cryogenic storage appears to be the only proven solution that offers men a chance of having children in the future: cancer therapy and its adjuvants often lead to reproductive cell damage, resulting in subfertility or sterility due Continue reading →

How To Find A Good Egg Freezing Clinic

Couples in search of a fertility clinic also need to know how to find the best egg freezing clinic as well. Ideally, the assisted reproductive therapy clinic, laboratory, or egg bank offers the cryogenic freezing of eggs for future use. Unfortunately, neither the CDC nor other government regulations entity collects data on the success rate for freezing eggs. Fortunately, data on pregnancy rates and live birth rates from these procedures are indeed submitted to the CDC. This information is available to the public for free. The difference between choosing an HMO and choosing an ART provider is that the latter Continue reading →

Guidelines For Choosing A Fertility Specialist

For women and couples who are struggling to start a family, there is a similar sequence of events. After the first few months of unsuccessful attempts, one or both partners seek medical advice. Sometimes these sources of advice include the Internet, friends in the medical or paramedical fields, or an actual consultation with a gynecologist for the woman, and a urologist for the man. Another specialist comes to mind, whose expertise can lend some insight into the bigger picture and provide advice for both partners during the same consultation. This physician is the infertility specialist, and is qualified to handle Continue reading →

Why You Should Consider Egg Freezing Earlier, Rather than Later

In previous generations, women and young couples would begin their families much earlier than they do today. Among adults, the age difference between them and their mothers is not nearly as large as it is for them and their own children. At least one in five women waits until after they have reached 35 years of age to start their families. This is a smart choice for several reasons — whether it is maturity, financial stability in their careers, or the fact that they have finally found the right partner and have a stable, healthy relationship. Unfortunately, as women age, Continue reading →

Egg Freezing is No Longer An Experimental Technique

Oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, is a relatively new technique used in assisted reproductive therapy. When a young woman’s eggs are cryogenically frozen and used later for in-vitro fertilization, they are as successful in resulting in pregnancy rates and birth rates of healthy babies similar to rates achieved by IVF cycles that use fresh eggs. A recent study by the Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has replaced a previous report five years ago. In 2008, the report indicated that egg freezing was an experimental technique, and it should only be used as such. Almost one thousand Continue reading →

How Anti-Müllerian Hormone Is Associated With IVF

Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a hormone encoded by the AMH gene and produced by the granulosa cells in the ovaries during a woman’s reproductive years. AMH controls the formation of ovarian follicles by inhibiting recruitment of the follicles by follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). For women and couples dealing with infertility, high AMH levels should be encouraging. High levels of this hormone are indicative of a greater chance that there are enough healthy eggs remaining to support and sustain a pregnancy. Since AMH levels reveal vital qualitative and quantitative information about a woman’s eggs, and high levels of this hormone are correlated Continue reading →