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    Old 01-12-2008, 07:14 AM   #1
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    What's involved in a "Frozen Embryo Transfer"?

    Hi ladies. I've been away from this board for a long time. Not sure if any of you remember me, or perhaps it's a whole new crew on here by now. Just wondering if any of you have even undertake a "frozen embryo transfer" and what was involved. Did you have to take meds? Cycle monitoring? How many embryos did you transfer? Were you given your chances for success?

    My DH and I have 3 frozen embryos and would like to do a transfer later this year. I only want to transfer one embryo because I don't feel equipped to handle a set of twins but I do worry about that single embryo not taking and ending up with nothing. I'd love to hear about other people's experiences.


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    Old 01-12-2008, 08:39 AM   #2
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    Re: What's involved in a "Frozen Embryo Transfer"?

    Hi CHJH, and welcome back. I have already undergone one FET cycle and started lupron just yesterday on my second FET attempt. Theses cycles do require medication and monitoring, however, a fresh cycle requires a whole lot more of both.

    As for meds, in my case, BCP (5 weeks) is required to regulate my cycle and quiet my ovaries. A few days before my last BCP I start lupron injections each morning. About a week later I start taking estradiol each day. (I take this in form of a pill, as much as 2 pills 3X/day, but I know some people have done the patch or the suppository.) A couple of days before the transfer I start the progesterone injections which I continue until beta (ouch! these really hurt ). I visit the office for no more than 2-3 u/s's during this entire time period to confirm all is quiet and my lining looks good.

    The first FET, we thawed 3 embryos and since all survived we transferred all three. None took. They were 4 cell, 5 cell, and 6 cell (grades C, B, and B, respectively). Since I still have 12 frosties remaining, this time I requested they thaw 6 and we see if any of them can make it to blast stage (I think that's at least 36 cells, right?)... if they don't, then we'll thaw the remaining 6 (which are at the morula stage) and transfer the 3 best at that time. So blast is def what we want!

    Hope this helped and good luck to you!!!!

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