Improving an IVF outcome sometimes requires extra patience
At Texas Fertility Center, we pledge to find the shortest path between infertility and positive pregnancy. Advances in freezing techniques have led to a new IVF protocol that suspends treatment beyond the current cycle. Waiting a month or more between egg retrieval and embryo transfer may seem difficult. However, your TFC fertility doctor will explain why freeze all IVF is so promising.
What Is freeze all IVF?
In vitro fertilization has historically included five phases. These include suppression and ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, fertilization, embryo transfer and uterine support. With freeze all IVF, embryos are flash frozen (called vitrification) and preserved. In contrast to having a doctor transfer them to the uterus within 3-5 days of fertilization.
Since 1978, IVF steps have remained much the same. While effective, ovarian suppression and stimulation with gonadotropins and GnRH agonists and antagonists can lead to artificially high levels of estrogen and an early increase in the progesterone level. The process of mimicking natural pregnancy isn’t perfect.
Freeze all IVF improves on the IVF process because it allows the woman’s uterine conditions to normalize prior to an embryo transfer.
Who Is a candidate?
Thanks to vitrification, virtually anyone is a candidate for freeze all IVF. It benefits couples with a history of failed IVF or canceled cycles, or couples pursuing fertility preservation or fertility rescue prior to cancer treatment. Other situation may prompt your fertility doctor to recommend freeze all IVF.
- Women who are low responders
- Patients who have been diagnosed as high responders or have experienced ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
- Women with endometriosis
- Couples undergoing preimplantation genetic diagnosis PGD
Contact us at Texas Fertility Center. We will arrange for a time to speak with a fertility doctor about the benefits of freeze all IVF. If you have a stimulation cycle in the planning stages, the opportunity to freeze embryos for future use is available to you at TFC.