The clinics providing Embryo Freezing are listed below. Contact them today to get a quote, make an appointment or have an online consultation.
Our practice is committed to personalized and compassionate patient care. Dr Abbasi offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of infertility and reproductive endocrinology disorders with her years of experience in the field.
- Languages: English, French, Urdu
- Additional Services: Local Accommodation Assistance, Translator Services
The Mexican Institute of Infertility is a multi-disciplinary establishment for men and women experiencing difficulties with reproduction.
- Testimonial: " thank you so much for the memorable experience " MJ
- Languages: Spanish, English
- Additional Services: Airport Transfers, Hotel to Clinic Transfers, Nutrition Counseling
Irega Cancun is home to a professional team of fertility care experts who are passionate about making your dreams of having a baby come true and we guarantee it with our IVF Guarantee program.
- Testimonial: " This whole experience has been incredible, we are so happy. " M & A Jenkins
- Languages: Spanish, English
- Additional Services: Airport Transfers, Translator Services
Tijuana Infertility Clinic is made up of a qualified medical team and IVF professionals who offer highly specialized areas in the study diagnosis and treatment of infertility for males and females.
- Languages: Spanish, English
- Additional Services: Airport Transfers, Hotel to Clinic Transfers, Local Accommodation Assistance
Our doors are open to provide an excellent service to our IVF patients in conjunction with the highest standards of international quality with Panama IVF.
- Languages: English, Spanish
- Additional Services: Airport pickup, , Local Accommodation Assistance, Translator Services
The globally recognized Colombian Center for Fertility and Sterility (CECOLFES) offers couples the opportunity to identify and solve the problems encountered in having children.
- Testimonial: " Fantastic! My husband and I tried InVitro in the US and spent entirely too much money and did not get pregnant. " dukiemud
- Languages: English, Spanish
- Additional Services: Hotel Reservations, Local Accommodation Assistance, Airport Transfers
UKCFA offers a wide range of infertility treatments tailored to meet your needs and make you feel enlightened on your journey to Parenthood. We are run by UK’s leading IVF Fertility Consultants with a unique partnership with Cyprus IVF Centre (CIC) in Famagusta.
- Testimonial: " Our twin boys were born on 1 February. Both are very well and healthy, though I feel like I have been run over by a truck, whilst my husband is completely besotted. "
- Languages: English
- Additional Services: Local Accommodation Assistance, Translator Services, Hotel to Clinic Transfers
A professional and experienced team in Assisted Reproduction whose aim is to provide you the maximum quality with regard to diagnostic and fertility treatment.
- Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, Czech, German
- Additional Services: Hotel Reservations
Spain is famous in the world for infertility and reproductive medicine technologies, and Ginemed is no exception. Ginemed is home away from home for foreign patients seeking quality and affordable fertility options. From its precise quality control procedures, extensive egg donor databases, Ginemed is leading the reproductive technologies and research in the field of fertility in Seville and Spain. Italians, French, and British among other foreign patients are quite familiar with traveling to Ginemed to receive egg donation and IVF treatments in Seville.
- Testimonial: " treatment has worked first time. " Anonymous
- Languages: Arabic, Italian, French, Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Russian, Spanish
- Additional Services: Airport Transfers, Hotel Reservations, Flight Booking Assistance, Hotel to Clinic Transfers, Local Accommodation Assistance, Local Tours, Recuperation Services, Translator Services
Embryo Freezing Overview
Embryo freezing (embryo cryopreservation) is an infertility treatment available to couples who are not to a certain extent ready to implant their embryos or have excess embryos. Principally, a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm are retrieved and prepared. The woman is given hormone injections to produce more eggs than during her typical cycle.
The man produces a sample himself or can undergo one of the sperm retrieval methods: Microdissection TESE, Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA) or Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA). After the egg retrieval, the follicular fluid is closely examined under a microscope and all of the eggs present are identified. Each egg is washed in a special medium so impurities are removed. These eggs are then transferred to a special incubator where they will remain until fertilization is ready to take place (2-6 hours after egg retrieval). The partner’s sperm are washed and divided into specific amounts per egg. The egg and sperm are then combined in a dish containing a special culture medium (protein, salt, and antibiotics) before being placed back inside the incubator.
Embryo culture is one of the most important stages of IVF. During this process embryos are formed and nurtured until they are ready to be transferred into your uterus. They are formed by combining your eggs and your partner’s sperm in order to produce a fertilized egg or zygote. The culture process lasts 2-5 days and encourages the growth of the zygote into an embryo. An embryologist will monitor your embryos until they are ready. Embryos can be cultured for two, three or five days before transfer/freezing depending on your reproductive history. The survival rate after thawing depends on the quality of the embryos at the time of freezing. Usually, only the best embryos are chosen for freezing so the survival rate is a higher level. Although IVF success rates with frozen embryos are a bit lower than with fresh embryos, they are steadily improving in recent years. Frozen embryo transfer cycle defines the process in which embryos are thawed and then implanted into a woman’s uterus.
The Embryo Freezing Procedure is quite similar to egg freezing and sperm freezing. However, the process can be quite traumatic for an embryo as not all of them survive the freezing or thawing. Each stage of embryo freezing will be explained to you by the specialist when you have a consultation to discuss your options.
The Cost of Embryo Freezing can be quite expensive in countries such as the United States and United Kingdom, especially when combined with other treatments. More and more couples are traveling overseas to take advantage of affordable procedures available in places like North Cyprus and Georgia. Many couples in UK seek embryo freezing in Cyprus to escape their country's expensive IVF treatments and its inflexible laws.
A Good Candidate for Embryo Freezing
Some couples with infertility issues are good candidates for embryo freezing. The cryopreservation of embryos can be very useful in certain situations. During IVF with ICSI (microinjection), only 1-4 embryos are transferred into the uterus. This can channel a surplus of embryos left behind. A couple can choose to freeze embryos for use during a subsequent IVF cycle if the first cycle is not successful. Not all couples have a surplus of embryos, however.
If intended couples do have a excess of embryos, they will need to undergo egg and sperm retrieval, embryo culture and embryo freezing again. A couple may wish to have a second pregnancy using embryos that were formed earlier. Rather than going through the entire embryo freezing procedure again, they can simply go back to the clinic where their embryos are stored. A fresh embryo transfer may not be an option for a variety of reasons.
A good candidate for embryo freezing is a woman who may be at risk of ovarian hyperstimulation that might be complicated by a pregnancy. In this case, all of the embryos would be frozen on day one after fertilization.
Double freezing can be an effective method in such cases. If you are concerned about the potential for multiple births that may result from multiple embryo transfer, embryo freezing is a good way to preserve these embryos for later use.
A good candidate for embryo freezing is a woman in a relationship who desires children but is about to undergo medical treatment that may make her infertile. By freezing her embryos she has the opportunity to become pregnant with a biological child at a later date. Some couples choose to freeze embryos while others choose to donate them to infertile couples or research.
Your infertility specialist will explain the entire process to you so that you understand each stage and are comfortable with this form of infertility treatment and help you decide if it is right for you.
Embryo Freezing Procedure
The embryo freezing procedure is carried out in stages. Embryos can be frozen anytime between one day and 5-6 days after fertilization. Only the most viable ones are chosen for cryopreservation.
The first step of the embryo freezing procedure requires the removal of all the water present inside the cells. Water expands as it turns into ice and this would burst the embryo. So the embryo doesn’t dry up as the water is being removed, a non-expanding antifreeze solution (cryoprotectant) is added as a replacement.
After most of the water has been removed, the embryo is inserted into a vial and then placed in a controlled rate freezer. It is cooled slowly (-0.30C per minute) so the embryologist always has complete control over the embryo freezing procedure. Another advantage of cooling at a slow pace is that it prevents the formation of large ice fragments that could potentially puncture the embryo. The vial is sealed and placed into a labeled metal cane with other frozen embryos before being put into a storage tank.
Embryos are stored at -196°C in liquid nitrogen (a safe and effective coolant). The duration of the embryo freezing procedure takes a few hours. Labeling is very important throughout the entire process. Individual embryos are labeled carefully and identified according to their origin, developmental stage and date frozen to prevent confusion and avoid misidentification.
To ensure your embryo freezing procedure is carried out successfully, steps are taken to minimize technical failure.
· A back-up freezing system is always close by ensuring there are no interruptions to the temperature
· Generators are available in the event of a power outage
· Alarms monitor the liquid nitrogen levels and are designed to prevent premature thawing
When the embryos are ready to be thawed, they are accurately checked and thawed at room temperature. Unlike the embryo freezing which takes a longer period of time, embryo thawing only takes a couple of minutes. Embryo thawing is a very central stage of the frozen embryo transfer cycle. As a general rule, if the embryo survives undamaged (50% or more) then it is worth keeping and proceeding to the next level.
Embryos can actually undergo a significant amount of freeze damage and still lead to a healthy pregnancy. During the embryo freezing procedure, you will begin to take medication enabling your uterine wall lining to prepare for the embryo transfer. The medication prescribed to you will depend on your own unique situation, including factors such as age and regularity of menstrual periods. There are a number of issues related to embryo cryopreservation that you need to be aware of:
· Some or all of your healthy embryos may not survive the freezing/thawing process or they might be damaged too much to continue. Around 20-25% of embryos are lost through the embryo freezing procedure
· The potential risk of birth defects in children born as a result of frozen embryos. Studies do not show any noticeable increase in defects when compared to the rest of the population
Costs of Embryo Freezing
The cost of embryo freezing varies from clinic to clinic. Each facility determines what fee they will charge and what this fee will include. In most cases, the cost of embryo freezing includes egg and sperm retrieval, embryo culture, embryo freezing and the first year of storage.
Couples who wish to store their embryos for a longer period of time will have to pay for each subsequent year of storage. This can add up if the embryos are stored for 5+ years.
If a couple is undergoing infertility treatment, they will already have a number of expenses they have to consider and these medical procedures can be an additional struggle. The embryo freezing procedure is often carried out in conjunction with related treatments such as IVF with ICSI (microinjection) or frozen embryo transfer cycle. Combined costs can reach into the thousands. In order to save money without compromising on quality, couples are turning to countries such as the Ukraine, North Cyprus, India and Jordan for more affordable treatments. The cost of embryo freezing abroad is nearly $150 to $700. This is compared to the cost of embryo freezing in places such as the United States, Australia or Western Europe where it averages around $700 to $2,000.
Infertility can be particularly stressful for couples and it may be an added bonus and very appealing to vacation at the same time as your treatment. You can spend your free time relaxing, enjoying the sights, shopping or just absorbing the culture. There are plenty of new and exciting things to do when you decide to go abroad.
Contact one of our clinics to find out more about the cost of embryo freezing and get a free quote!