Embryo Banking / Embyro Cryopreservation
Embryo cryopreservation is the freezing of embryos for use in future. This can be done when an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle produces more embryos than can be implanted into the uterus at one time. Frozen embryos can be thawed at a later date and implanted into the uterus. These embryos are believed to have the same success rate as fresh embryos.
Embryo cryopreservation is often recommended for people having IVF treatment. It means that if required, future cycles of IVF will take less time, as the eggs have already been retrieved and fertilized.
Average length of stay abroad: 4 - 6 weeks
Usually embryo cryopreservation is done following IVF treatment. It takes several weeks for the woman's natural cycle to be suppressed, the egg stimulation, egg retrieval, egg fertilization, and embryo cultivation to take place.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED
Embryos are slowly frozen down to -196°C where they are stored in an antifreeze solution to prevent the corruption of genetic material.
The embryos are later thawed ready for implantation. The embryos are sometimes used after the mother has given birth, and wants more children, or in cases where the first treatment is unsuccessful.
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