30 years ago, a child was born from a frozen, then thawed human embryo. This embryo freezing technology is called Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). And it is more common than you think.
Here at Shore IVF, with the help of our incredible fertility specialists with decades of experience make sure that all of our patients are receiving the highest standard of care. Not to mention that we go above and beyond in making sure that we have state-of-the-art technology available to help deliver the standard of care.
Over the years we have become one of the leading IVF clinics in the country and continue to provide the best services to our patients.
Why Should You Consider Freezing Your Embryos?
Frozen embryo transfer is an option that you can consider when fresh embryo transfers don’t work. But here’s the thing, you cannot do frozen embryo transfers if you never froze your embryos in the first place.
So, before you try for a pregnancy next time, make sure you freeze some of your embryos, that way you can have peace of mind that if you are having trouble getting pregnant, you can use your frozen embryos and give yourself a higher chance of pregnancy.
If you ever need to get your frozen embryo implanted, you can just contact your Shore IVF fertility specialist and they will “defrost” the embryo for you for implantation.
The good thing about freezing your embryos is that if you ever face any issues getting pregnant, you won’t have to go through the physical and emotional stress of doing an entire IVF cycle.
How Long Can You Freeze An Embryo?
In theory you can freeze embryos indefinitely. They can be frozen at any staged from “just-fertilized” all the way through the hatching blastocyst stage.
The cool thing about freezing embryos is that once they go through the cryopreservation process, or the cryo-vitrification process (this is the technical term for it), there is no biological activity that can take place after that until they are thawed.
Because these embryos are stored in secure containers under liquid nitrogen at -321oF temperatures.
Back in the day there was a birth from a frozen embryo that had been stored for over 8 years. That birth made news headlines. But these days it is common for embryos to be stored for more than 10 years. Births from those embryos aren’t even considered newsworthy these days.
Are There Any Health Complications For Babies Born From Frozen Embryos?
You will be surprised to know that babies born from frozen embryos actually have a lower chance of having any health complications compared to babies born from fresh embryo transfer, according to Dr. Sari Pelkonen of Finland.
Babies that are born from frozen embryos usually are less likely to be born prematurely, have higher birth weights and are also have a lesser chance of being too small for their gestational age.
So if you think about it, you are giving your baby a chance to be born healthier by freezing your embryos.
How Can I Be Sure That My Frozen Embryos Aren’t Being Mixed Up With Someone Else’s?
This is a common question and here are Shore IVF, keeping our quality standards is one of the most important things that we focus on. With our decades of experience storing sperm, eggs, and embryos, we have developed an identification process that has multiple redundancies and cross-checking systems that practically reduces the chances of having an identification error to 0%.