Why Embryo Freezing?

For couples in Albuquerque, New Mexico and around the country, infertility is a problematic condition and the time in one's life when dealing with the condition can be extremely troubling and stressful. On top of the emotional distress that comes from learning that one may not become pregnant except with the use of fertility treatment, many struggle to deal with the financial burden required when pursuing such procedures. Not surprisingly, many ask about potential ways to reduce the ultimate cost of treatment, factoring this into their decision of whether to pursue treatment in the first place. Embryo freezing is one way that may bring down the cost of future treatment sessions if they prove necessary.

For all its fame and popularity among fertility specialists, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has a success rate cited at around 50% in best case scenarios, and often much lower depending on various factors. The procedure is far from a guaranteed success, although many couples and individuals around the world have realized their dream of becoming parents thanks to IVF. To keep costs of future sessions a little lower, many choose to freeze any unused embryos from the first session. What's more, women who are successful on their initial attempt may choose to use the unused embryos as they pursue another pregnancy. Some donate unused embryos if they do not need them for their own fertility treatment.

In addition to those pursuing in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies, other couples may find embryo freezing a good option. Couples who may find embryo freezing, or cryopreservation, an attractive treatment include those in which one partner must undergo treatment for cancer; such treatment may render the partner infertile, or may interfere with their ability to produce health eggs and sperm. Infertile couples using donor embryos may be attracted to the use of frozen embryos, as well as women who may be at an increased risk of severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. 

Talk to an Albuquerque fertility specialist to determine if the procedure is right for you. The service is available at many fertility clinics and doctor's offices, and many are considered candidates. The embryos are usually able to survive freezing for 10 years while still being effective and healthy. Not all embryos survive the freezing and/or thawing process. It's also worth noting that success rates using frozen embryos are lower than when using fresh embryos.

Learn more about embryo freezing in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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