(Closed) Considering Embryo Freezing

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I work for a fertility clinic and think this is a great idea! They will grade the embryos and help you choose the best possible one for ivf so only one needs to be implanted (single embryo transfer) decreasing the likelihood of multiples. 

It can be expensive but if you can afford it, do it! 

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

graces7 :  I did IVF and it’s not fun but worth it to get pregnant (ours was medically necessary not a lifestyle choice). The silver lining is my frozen “maybe babies” because I know that even though I plan to keep having kids after 35 I’ll always be using younger healthier embryos. My doctor actually wouldn’t put in more than one embryo on the first round because they don’t want multiples (and neither did I!) – I’d be suspicious of doctors that encourage multiples. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

graces7 :  I’m doing IVF but not for fertility issues, so we have a high chance of success and I won’t be cycling again as we have extra frozen embies. I’m 29 and my eggs are the best they’ll ever be so we’re keeping the extra if we want future kids.

Honestly the whole thing wasn’t that bad. I heard a lot about side effects, mood swings, pain etc but aside from cramping it wasn’t bad. Plus although I hate needles and felt faint the first time doing it I got used to injecting myself. The worst for me was my fear of anesthesia as I needed to be put under for the retrieval because I had so many eggs (we ended up with 19 eggs!) and that was a little traumatic but I’m okay now, but that’s just a personal thing. My ovaries ended up a bit overstimulated so I had to walk slower the bext couple of weeks and tried to avoid picking up my 10kg toddler but that’s all 🙂

Basically pregnancy’s success depends largely on the age of the eggs, not the mother at the time of pregnancy or the man so freezing them is an excellent idea and as I said it’s not bad going through the process! Trust me, you get prodded and have cramping just as much being pregnant so it’s good practice lol

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

I would do it. Single embryo transfers (SET’s) are becoming more of the rule as opposed to the exception as technology improves (assuming you haven’t already had multiple failed transfers/losses). A good clinic will push for SET’s, especially if you (or in your case the embryos) are younger and you don’t have the history I mentioned above. Personally, I found out at 33 that I had almost no eggs left and had a hell of a time making enough to even get an embryo. I did a SET and am currently pregnant and have one frozen for later (as that’s all I could make in 3 IVF cycles). I wouldn’t wish the hell I went through to get my two embryos on anyone.

If a family is important to you and you have the means to do so, I strongly encourage you to freeze some eggs or embryos, as going though IVF when your ovaries are almost caput is hard as hell and way more expensive too. By The Way, if you do decide to go forward with this, make sure the clinic you choose uses vitrification (fast freezing) to freeze you embryos. Some clinics are still using outdated slow freezing technology, which has a much reduced rate of embryos surviving a thaw. I personally would refuse to use a clinic that doesn’t use vitrification, as who knows how outadted the rest of their methods and technology are as well.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

No, it’s uncommon, which is why I was so shocked. Thanks, and good luck with your decision.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Multiples are not as common if you transfer 1 embryo at a time.  It’s possible to transfer 1 and end up with twins, but not common.  Do you have fertility issues?  Or just doing this for insurance for later?  I’ve done 6 rounds over the last 2.5 years and will be doing a 7th next month.  I dunno if I’m just numb or it or what, but the medication and procedure is not really a big deal to me.  10 or so days of shots, with about 3 or 4 monitoring sessions.  1 day for retreival.  And done.  Good luck with whatever ou decide.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We went through two rounds of IVF.  We had two separate single embryo transfers after the first cycle, both of which failed.  After the second round of IVF, we elected to transfer two embryos (and our RE agreed), not because we wanted multiples, but because the single transfers had failed.  We are now a little over 7 weeks along with twins.  If you transfer two, it is a real possibility!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

graces7 :  From start to finish, it will be about 14 days, like a “normal” cycle.  Some REs like to start with a few weeks of birth control (I don’t really count that as time in the cycle). And then you start stims (FSH injections to stimulate the growth of your eggs).  Stim is usually 10-12 days, and then a trigger short (final step to mature the eggs).  36 hours later the eggs are retreived and you’re done.  32 or 33 is not *that* late.  Many people start then and are successful on their own.  But banking embryos now is definitely not a bad idea since your eggs are younger and more likely to be genetically normal if you want a large family.  I totally understand feeling better knowing you have embyos in your back pocket in case you need them. But also, if you try natrually later, and are successful on your own.  Are you ok knowing you have unused embryos and have a plan for them?

Post # 13
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Honey bee

graces7 :  Some people have a hard time with the concept of “leaving behind” embryos, since they essentially have the potential to be a person. It kind of goes along with the “when does life begin” debate. Some people will actually give their embryos up for adoption or donate them to science. It’s something I struggle with knowing I am doing IVF and will probably only have one more child. It’s a little hard to think of these little embryos never getting to be implanted, but not everyone feels this way.

I am doing something similar, but can only get pregnant via IVF. I am doing it a year earlier than I want to be pregnant, so I can hopefully get higher quality eggs and if all goes well, have them ready to go in the future. My body didn’t handle the hormones from previous fertility struggles, so I think its awesome to be able to go through that and then take time to recover and normalize before actually getting pregnant.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

How many kids do you ideally want?  You say you could be ready to start at 32 or 33, which is the same age at which most people I know had their first kid without any trouble (including myself, my mom, my sister, most of my friends, etc).  I don’t see the need for this?  I feel like you have time.  Maybe I’d get it if you were like 36+!right now, but you have plenty of time to TTC and have 3+ kids without intervention, assuming no serious fertility issues.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

graces7 :  Sorry, I just mean, that some people believe that the embryo is “life” and have a hard time discarding them.  So if you do create some now, but have no issues getting pregnant on your own later, you could have left over embryos that you do not need anymore and you would need to decide if you want to discard, or donate, or use them.

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