Whether you are undergoing fertility treatment or have had your eggs or embryos frozen, you will have heard of the term ‘FET’ or Frozen Embryo Transfer.
FET cycles can be used when a patient has embryos frozen from previous cycles of IVF. It is performed in a unstimulated cycle and involves careful monitoring and preparation of the lining of the uterus (endometrium), ready for the transfer of frozen embryos.
If you have any questions about having an FET then you can speak to our experienced team who will be happy to help.Call 0333 240 7300
What happens during an FET cycle?
With a frozen embryo transfer, there’s no need to go through an entire IVF cycle again. You already have embryos, so there’s no need for your ovaries to be stimulated and eggs recovered as before.
Regardless if you have your frozen embryos stored in our bank or you are having them transferred to us from another clinic, our expert team of embryologists will carefully thaw the embryo/s and assess their suitability. If the embryo is still suitable after thawing, it will be transferred into the womb as in a normal IVF cycle.
The Procedure (2 weeks)
Initial Scan & Consultation
The first step is for you to come in for an Initial Scan and Consultation where a Fertility Doctor will assess you and devise a personalised treatment plan which will give you the best chance of success.
2 weeks before the start of your period you will come in to meet with a fertility nurse who will talk you through your treatment plan and go through the consent forms with you.
Scans & Blood tests
You will have 2 or 3 monitoring scans usually spaced days apart; each takes 20 minutes. The doctor may perform blood tests at these appointments.
The embryo transfer is a quick and easy procedure which does not need sedation and feels similar to a smear test
We will invite you back to the clinic for a pregnancy blood test and give you the test results by the end of the day.
What are the FET success rates?
Although initially it was believed that fresh embryos offer better success rates than using frozen embryos, success rates for IVF using frozen embryos have increased year on year and are now comparable to using fresh embryos. At CREATE we are very proud of our FET success rates because we have invested a great deal of research and effort into advancing our techniques to ensure we create and freeze high quality embryos.
Clinical pregnancies per treatment cycle | IVF & ICSI | July 15 - June 16 | CREATE St Paul's
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