At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health (AZARH), we offer state-of-the-art In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) services, including embryo cryopreservation. Embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing) is an appealing option for many patients that undergo the IVF process, offering you multiple chances of pregnancy from just one egg retrieval.
Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
Many of our patients have excess embryos created during IVF and are able to freeze embryos through a specialized process called vitrification. Freezing embryos offers you a number of benefits and options, including giving you the option of doing a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) in the future. A Frozen Embryo Transfer can be easier and more cost effective than a fresh embryo transfer, as you are able to avoid certain visits and procedures associated with repeated egg retrievals.
Leaders in Cryopreservation Techniques
Our Lab Director, Diane Hammitt phD, has published numerous scientific articles over the last twenty years on embryo cryopreservation, or the freezing of embryos. The IVF laboratories she directed at the Mayo Clinic from 1992 through 2005 were national and world leaders in embryo cryopreservation. More than 60% of patients entering the Mayo Clinic IVF program had extra embryos available for freezing because of a unique method of grading and selecting the best embryos for fresh embryo transfer and freezing the remaining embryos for later use.
A frozen embryo transfer is much less costly and less invasive than an egg retrieval. High success rates with frozen embryos lowers the overall cost of infertility treatment and the time away from work for patients to achieve their goal of conception and delivery of a healthy baby.