Often in an IVF cycle an embryo(s) will be frozen to allow time for genetic testing or preparation of the patient’s uterus. Once euploid embryos are identified, they can be warmed and transferred to the uterus, one embryo at a time. The frozen embryo transfer procedure takes place in exactly the same way as a fresh embryo transfer. A thin catheter is inserted into the uterus through the cervix. The embryo is then introduced into the uterine cavity through this tube. The procedure takes very little time and there is minimal discomfort. One of the ways we can ease the physical, financial, and emotional burden of undergoing multiple IVF cycles is by using cryopreserved, or frozen, embryos. Storage of euploid embryos can provide patients the opportunity for fertility preservation with the intention of using the embryos in subsequent IVF cycles when the initial cycle is unsuccessful, or years later when the patient is ready to have another child.
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