Our Newport Beach fertility center underscores the benefits of frozen embryo transfers
Reproductive technology continues to evolve. Robert Anderson MD and Don Royster MD keep up on the latest developments in the field and provide recommendations to our patients. One question we often receive from our patients is whether to opt for a fresh or frozen embryo transfer. The doctors at our Newport Beach fertility center are here to shed some light on this topic.
Fresh or frozen embryo transfer?
With IVF, female patients undergo ovarian stimulation so that our Newport Beach fertility center doctors can retrieve the eggs. After fertilizing the eggs in the IVF lab, the next step involves either a fresh or frozen embryo transfer.
For a fresh embryo transfer, the physician will perform the procedure three to five days after the retrieval. In a frozen embryo transfer, the embryo used was created in the past and is thawed before the transfer.
Highlighting the advantages of frozen embryo transfer
Before patients decide on a fresh or frozen embryo transfer, we help them understand the benefits of frozen embryo transfers. Our doctors generally recommend frozen embryo transfers for two big reasons.
Less interference from medications. During a fresh cycle, a woman still has ovarian stimulation medications in her body. These medications can interfere with embryo implantation. With a frozen transfer, there is time for the medicine to leave the woman’s body, which can increase the likelihood of IVF success.
Time for genetic testing. Preimplantation genetic testing helps our team transfer healthy embryos. However, we can only do this type of testing during a frozen cycle.
At the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine, we help our patients start and expand their families. We use proven fertility treatments, like fresh or frozen embryo transfer during IVF, to improve the odds of success. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors