Fertility Specialists Experienced in Embryo Freezing
It has been nearly 30 years since the first child was born from a frozen then thawed human embryo, and today, this type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is common.
At Southern California Reproductive Center, our fertility specialists utilize the most advanced technology available to offer patients the highest standard of care available. We have become one of the leading fertility centers, performing hundreds of in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures every year. Because a fair number of embryos are created during IVF in order to select only the highest quality, most viable embryos, there are “leftover” embryos after IVF and embryo transfer are completed. Over a third of our IVF patients have spare embryos that are suitable for cryopreservation (freezing).
The embryos are stored in our state-of-the-art lab, so they never leave the premises. When the patient decides the time is right, the embryo is thawed for frozen embryo transfer.
Why consider freezing embryos?
If fresh embryo transfers are not working, frozen embryo transfers may be the answer. Also, if you have a number of frozen embryos available the next time you try to get pregnant, some or all of the remaining frozen embryos can now be thawed and transferred.
If you DID have a birth as a result of your fresh embryo transfer, and decide to expand your family by giving your child a new baby brother or sister, you’re all set. Your SCRC fertility specialist simply takes the frozen embryos from our ART (assisted reproductive technologies) lab and “defrosts” them for implantation.
In either of the above cases, because you made the decision to freeze these extra embryos, you have saved time, money, and – most importantly – saved yourself the physical and emotional stress of doing the entire IVF cycle from scratch again.