Lots of patients who have a poor ovarian response end up getting only one or two embryos in an IVF cycle . Their options are to transfer the fresh embryo in the IVF cycle; or to freeze them, one at a time , store and pool them, and then transfer them later on, one at a time, after thawing them.

The reason this is a better option is because time is at a premium for patients with poor ovarian reserve. Transferring an embryo and then waiting to see whether a pregnancy occurs or not ends up consuming a lot of time. It makes more sense to do 3-4 egg collection cycles , back to back , and therefore collect lots of eggs , and as many embryos as possible , within a short span of time.

Once your embryos are frozen, you now have the luxury of time of being able to transfer these embryos back into your uterus whenever you're ready. You don't have to worry about the ticking of your biological clock damaging your chances of getting pregnant, because your embryos are safely frozen !

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

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