What Happens During Embryo Transfer?
An embryo transfer is the last part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. At Fertility Centers of New England, all embryos are grown for 5 days to the Blastocyst stage prior to transfer into the uterus. Many patients ask what happens during embryo transfer? What Happens During Embryo Transfer? Early in the morning, on […]
Many couples are wary of using cryopreserved embryos believing that there are increased risks of health to the child and lower chance of a successful pregnancy. However, transfer of cryopreserved embryos is safe and highly effective in helping couples achieve a successful pregnancy. Numerous studies performed in the last few years and an analysis of […]
Though the exact details remain unclear, the recent events highlighted in the news have certainly raised concerns regarding the management and safety of cryopreserved specimens. After cryopreservation, oocytes or embryos are stored in tanks which must be kept filled with liquid nitrogen in order to maintain proper storage temperature and conditions. All liquid nitrogen storage […]
Reproductive capacity is an age dependent process and is influenced by different conditions, some genetic and many not. The idea of fertility preservation may, in fact, be a misnomer and incorrect label; because it is reproductive capacity that is hoped to be preserved. The cryopreservation of gametes does not ensure the ability to become pregnant […]
Risk of Cancer Treatment to Future Fertility
Thinking about future fertility is a low priority for most when diagnosed with cancer. But thanks to modern therapy cancer is often a chronic disease and in many cases can be cured or sufficiently ameliorated to allow years of quality living. Potentially safeguarding future fertility before undergoing cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiation or surgery should […]
Due to recent medical advances, a cancer diagnosis–although devastating–no longer means the loss of life or even ultimate fertility. Fertility preservation options should be considered when planning cancer treatment because chemotherapy and radiation, the standards of care in cancer treatment, can result in gonadotoxicity rendering both men and women permanently sterile. The new field of […]
The transfer of a solitary embryo gains more support in North America. The idea is not new and was the focus of early IVF. Most often it has been applied to those patients with medical contraindications for multiple pregnancies. Ten years later, eSET (elective single embryo transfer) gains validity as a practice modicum in assisted […]
Cryopreservation: What is it?
Cryopreservation (freezing) of embryos has been associated with IVF since its inception in the 1908’s. The use of Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) has resulted greater than 150,000 health births worldwide. The availability of freezing viable human embryos is a necessary and desirable process. Cryopreservation indirectly allows for the control of how many embryos can be […]