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When a couple first comes to us for treatment, the very first thing we do is counsel and educate them. In fact, this becomes the foundation of the entire procedure. The things we discuss with them at this point of time are the very things that will help them manage some of the rough patches they go through later. Apart from various details about the procedure itself, we also talk to our patients about what frozen embryos are and how they are used in the IVF procedure.
As a part of the IVF procedure, we first harvest and fertilize the maximum number of eggs we can. This is what we follow, regardless of whether you choose to use your own or a donor’s eggs. In case the number of eggs is more than what we need in a fresh cycle, the ones that are left over will be cryogenically preserved. If necessary, these will be used in future pregnancy efforts.
Though this is what we aim to do, not all the patients actually have extra embryos that are of a good enough quality for freezing. However, for patients who have good quality embryos, we do tell recommend that they freeze these. Not all patients want to or are inclined to spend that additional money.
Frozen embryos- the benefits
Their concern is that the success rates with these embryos won’t be good; the fact is that frozen embryos are equally precious and there are a number of benefits attached to them:
Once your family is complete, chances are, there are still some embryos left over and most couples are in a quandary as to what they can do with them. There are options such as:
It’s true that this decision can be a difficult one but it’s something that most couples have to take a decision on.
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