Frozen Embryo Transfer
Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) involves the use of thawed embryos that were frozen in a previous IVF Cycle for Egg Donor and transfer of the embryo into the uterus of the surrogate.
A surrogate is required to undergo a Frozen Embryo Transfer cycle in order to achieve a pregnancy. Prior to this procedure, she will be asked to meet with the treating specialist to ensure she is medically suitable for the surrogacy program. The surrogate will also be asked to attend an information session with a fertility coordinator. During this session, she will be informed about the type of treatment she will undergo (e.g. medications), the risks of the procedure and the pregnancy, lifestyle recommendations and other requirements.
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Understanding the Frozen Embryo Transfer Procedure
The Frozen Embryo Transfer for Surrogate treatment cycle generally follows these stages:
- Once the three-month embryo quarantine period is over and the final screening tests are cleared, the surrogate can start Frozen Embryo Transfer treatment (FET).
- Before the embryo can be transferred, it is necessary for the lining of the surrogate’s uterus (also known as the endometrium) to become thick and prepare for potential implantation of an embryo. For pregnancy to occur, the embryo must implant into the lining of the female’s uterus. Preparation of the endometrium is achieved in a number of ways. The type of preparation for the surrogate will be discussed with the treating specialist.
- Once the endometrium is prepared, the scientists will thaw the embryo for transfer. The embryo transfer itself takes only a few minutes. The embryologist will discuss with the patient the quality of the embryo prior to the transfer.
- Surrogate’s pregnancy blood test is due approximately 14 days after the embryo transfer. She will be informed of the outcome. With the surrogate’s permission, the results can also be provided to the intended parent(s).
- People wishing to have assisted reproductive treatment in Victoria must undergo a criminal records check and child protection order check. For further information please visit our page Legislative Requirements – Victoria.
- All treatment procedures are carried out in our RTAC (Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee) accredited fertility clinics, where gametes (eggs/sperm) and embryos are also stored.
Things to Consider
We would like you to take a moment to consider some of the factors that may influence the decisions you make in your journey towards parenthood with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
Some of the things you may have to consider are:
- Relevant laws.
- Your feelings about being a single parent if you are undergoing treatment as a single.
- If you are undergoing treatment as a couple you need to determine which partner will provide the sperm. For some couples this is clear, other couples need to negotiate this based on medical history and genetic factors.
- Your feelings about creating a family where only one partner will be a genetic parent.
- If the outcome is unsuccessful, will this have an impact on your relationship?
- Who needs to know about this: family, friends, work? This could be a great challenge for families who have not accepted their son’s sexual orientation and/ or male partner.
- What you plan to tell the child about his or her origins. How will you handle his or her questions about meeting the surrogate/egg donor? Writing down your answers to anticipated questions will not only help you prepare for them but may help guide you in making some important decisions
We invite you to take your time to consider the above. Try not to feel rushed and trust your instinct.
At Rainbow Fertility, our specialists have extensive experience in helping create LGBTI+ families. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about the fertility treatment options available to you.
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