It is a great feeling to be a mother; it brings joy and satisfaction. If you have tried to conceive for several years without success, consider opting for frozen embryo transfer. The beauty of frozen embryo transfer is that you don’t have to take medication to boost egg production and time to prepare. You only choose for embryo adoption. Embryo adoption is receiving frozen embryo after in vitro fertilization at no cost at all. However, embryo adoption is done after the woman who donates the embryo has had a successful pregnancy. To understand better about frozen embryo transfer; it is crucial to have knowledge of the basic terms.
What is an embryo definition?
An embryo is an organism in the early stages of development. An embryo can be a fresh embryo or frozen embryo.
What frozen embryo transfer timeline entails
Your cycle may be natural, or you may be using hormones to control it. Your doctor will monitor you during your cycle to determine the best time to place an embryo or embryos in the uterus. Blood test, as well as vaginal ultrasound, will be carried out.
The frozen embryo is thawed in a laboratory. A specialist must conduct thawing, and it takes 30 to 45 minutes. London fertility center says “we highly advise you to use our advanced process for thawing known as laser assisted hatching” through this process, the tiny holes are created on the embryo to cause them to hatch and increase the chance of embryo implantation.
- Embryo Transfer
Your body must be ready to receive the embryo. You will undergo a procedure in which the doctor will use a small thin tube; the tube holds the embryo. The small thin tube is inserted through the vagina, cervix and to the uterus. Embryo implantation will take place at the lining of the womb. Embryo transfer is not painful at all, although, you may experience discomfort.
To ensure you have a successful frozen embryo transfer, you must prepare yourself for it. If you do so, you will increase your chances of embryo implantation, embryo development as well as a healthy pregnancy.
What to do to prepare for frozen embryo transfer
- Eat a healthy diet
The journey to motherhood calls for a balanced diet. The nutrients will promote healthy embryo development. Consider taking whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 and drink plenty of water. You can take daily supplements like folic acid.
- Fertility cleansing
It is an excellent way to prepare your body for pregnancy. You can use certain herbs to get rid of the toxins before pregnancy; this will balance your hormones, and the uterus will be ready for embryo implantation. Perform fertility cleansing before you start taking any medication for frozen embryo transfer if any.
- Prepare the uterine lining
A healthy uterine lining is crucial. Take enough iron so that you can have adequate healthy blood. If you have a deficiency in iron, you are at risk of having a miscarriage, worse still you can suffer from anemia which is life threatening. Get a fertility massage to strengthen your uterus and aids blood circulation
What to do after embryo transfer
After embryo transfer, it is advisable to take bed rest for at least 24 hours. Still avoid water skiing, jogging, and strenuous activities. After 24 hours you can resume your routine but at a slow pace for 3 to 4 days. Anything that can cause uterus to contract should be avoided as it can hinder embryo implantation. You may experience some cramping. It is normal, and there should be no cause of alarm. Cramping can be a sign of pregnancy. Don’t travel, so that in case a complication arises, for example, bleeding, you can visit your fertility specialist. Traveling can be stressful to your body as well as your mind. After 18 days; you can contact the fertility specialist to schedule for a pregnancy test. If the result is positive, congratulations, however, if negative, you can still try again. Taking a home pregnancy test is highly discouraged as it can give false results, it can be positive or negative.
In conclusion, you may be wondering how effective is frozen embryo transfer is as compared to fresh embryo. Dr. Gillian Lockwood commented that ’ Chances of success with frozen eggs are equally the same as with fresh eggs.”