Frozen Embryos- The Why, What and How

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At Malpani Infertility Clinic, led by the esteemed Dr. Anjali Malpani and Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, we prioritize patient education and support throughout your IVF journey. This includes a comprehensive understanding of embryo freezing, a valuable tool for many patients considering IVF.

What is Embryo Freezing?

Embryo freezing, also known as cryopreservation, is a process that safely preserves embryos for future use in IVF cycles. During an IVF cycle, eggs are retrieved, fertilized with sperm, and allowed to develop into embryos. If more high-quality embryos are created than needed for a fresh transfer, the remaining ones can be frozen using vitrification, a rapid freezing technique.

Who Can Benefit from Embryo Freezing?

Embryo freezing offers numerous advantages for various patients undergoing IVF:

  • Women who want to delay childbearing: This allows them to preserve their fertility at a younger age, potentially leading to higher pregnancy success rates in the future.
  • Couples facing medical treatments: If a partner requires medical treatment that could impact fertility, embryo freezing allows them to preserve their chance of having biological children later.
  • Those with a family history of early menopause: Freezing embryos offers a chance to have a biological child despite potential future fertility decline.
  • Couples considering using donor sperm: Embryo freezing allows for future attempts using the same frozen embryos without needing to repeat the egg retrieval process.
Why Choose to Freeze Embryos at Malpani Infertility Clinic?

While not every patient will have embryos suitable for freezing, our team at Malpani Infertility Clinic highly recommends it for those who do. Here are some key benefits to consider:

  • Reduced Cost and Increased Convenience for Subsequent Pregnancies: Frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles are significantly less expensive than fresh cycles. There are no egg retrieval or insemination procedures involved, and medication and monitoring costs are lower.
  • Easier on the Patient: Because there's no egg retrieval involved, FET cycles eliminate the need for anesthesia, making the process more comfortable for our patients.
  • Reduced Risk of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS): We at Malpani Infertility Clinic closely monitor patients for OHSS and use specialized protocols to minimize risk. If a patient shows signs of OHSS, freezing the remaining embryos allows them to pursue pregnancy at a safer time through FET.
  • Building Your Family Over Time: Once you welcome your first child, frozen embryos can be used for future pregnancies, allowing you to expand your family on your own terms.
  • Long-Term Storage with Vitrification: Thanks to vitrification technology, frozen embryos can be stored for many years without compromising their viability at Malpani Infertility Clinic.
Considering Your Options After Completing Your Family

After completing your family, you may still have frozen embryos remaining. Here are some options to consider:

  • Donate embryos to other infertile couples
  • Donate them to medical research
  • Allow the embryos to thaw and pass naturally

This can be a complex decision, and we encourage open communication with our team at Malpani Infertility Clinic to explore all options and make the choice that feels right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Embryo Freezing
  • How much does embryo freezing cost? The cost of embryo freezing can vary depending on factors like the number of embryos frozen and storage duration. Our team at Malpani Infertility Clinic will provide a transparent cost breakdown during your consultation.
  • How long can embryos be frozen? Thanks to advancements in vitrification technology, frozen embryos can be stored indefinitely without significant risk of damage.
  • What is the success rate of using frozen embryos? Success rates with frozen embryos are comparable to those using fresh embryos and depend on several factors, including the woman's age at the time of egg retrieval and embryo quality.
  • Are there any side effects to embryo freezing? The hormonal medications used to stimulate egg production for IVF may cause mild, temporary side effects like bloating or mood swings. The embryo freezing process itself is minimally invasive and well-tolerated.
Considering Embryo Freezing?

If you're considering IVF and are interested in learning more about embryo freezing, our team at Malpani Infertility Clinic is here to guide you. We'll discuss your individual needs and circumstances to determine if embryo freezing is the right option for you. Don't hesitate to visit to learn more and get a free second opinion.

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.