Embryo Freezing

36 clinic(s) offering Embryo Freezing treatment in 26 countries
Embryo Freezing
Fertility Center in San Diego Verified

Situated on the stunning Pacific Coast of California, San Diego Fertility, strives to provide the most advanced IVF treatments available today. The leading fertility clinic in San Diego specializes in Japanese Minimal Stimulation IVF, also known as Mini IVF — a safe and cost-effective alternative to the high stimulation protocols universally performed throughout the United States.

WOW, Where do we start… My husband and I struggled with infertility issues for 5+ years. We had tried IUI for 4 months in our home state and sadly it never worked, in 2016 we decided to save and save some more to be able to afford IVF and a nice vacation for this process. Of course the first thing was to find the right place to travel to, and that’s when we came across this AMAZING CLINIC. LIV Fertility Center was our miracle path for us to start our family; first we researched the clinic, read reviews of people like us that went there chasing a dream just like we were. When we finally agreed to call and set up an appointment our first impression was beyond our expectations, Dr. Stetson and Dr. Flores got on a call with us right away, we explained what we were dealing with and it was instant that we felt like they understood us, they both answered our questions and doubts, and provided us with all the information needed to start our Journey, honestly we didn’t look anymore after talking to these two great doctors. We scheduled our visit, I am so thankful for Alonso, he was able to handle all of our questions after scheduling our visit and he dealt with me time after time before our arrival to the clinic, every time I emailed him, his response was so fast, I was never worried about getting a hold of them. The day finally came and we were so excited and so nervous, but it all went so smoothly, we got so close to the people that we met at LIV, starting with the Doctors again, Dr. Stetson and Dr. Flores were so welcoming, I was lucky enough to start our stimulation shots that very same day of our visit, Our nurses were INCREDIBLE ELI and ANITA were such sweet ladies, Eli walked my husband through the procedure of taking the shots so that he could do them for me back at the hotel on the days we were not at the clinic, Both Eli and Anita always made me feel so comfortable, they were both so caring and gentle. Esther and Vanessa were also a great asset, coming into the clinic felt like family were there expecting us, these two girls make it so easy for you to come in and they welcome you with a smile each time, they would constantly ask how we were doing and feeling. Karlita which is the lab director would email us every day on the process of our embryos, every step at LIV was being followed with such care and priority, not once did I have to check in with them because they were keeping us update every time, Our Transfer was done by Dr. Velez and Dr. Stetson. I felt so comfortable both on the day of retrieval and day of transfer, I felt safe, and these Doctors did everything in their power to make us feel like this. My favorite part of all was Dr. Stetson being able to respond to my texts with any concern or question I had, this was throughout the process and after we came back home, this really made us feel so cared for, We cannot Thank Liv enough for the amazing help they provided us with. We strongly encourage anyone struggling with infertility to give them a chance to be part of your journey; I feel like God put them in our path, they are a bunch of professionals that felt like a family, Wish we could give them more then 5 stars on this review. We just got our first positive blood test, so THANK YOU LIV, THANK YOU for helping our dream come to a reality. With Love... Lizeth & Ivan ♡
March 2017
When my husband and I started researching clinics we were mostly looking at data: success rates, costs, staff experience, etc. The LIV Clinic has all of those things, but they also have a staff that makes you feel like family. The hospitality and genuine concern of the entire staff is invaluable. Knowing they are there to help every step of the way makes the journey much easier. What we discovered was that the measurable things were what made all the difference. Thank you LIV for our wonderful experience, we are blessed to have found you. You have forever changed our lives for the better.
March 2017
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LIV Fertility Center Verified

We LIV to get you to a place you LOVE. To contact our team, please call: English +1 (855)-534-5340 | Spanish +1 (855)-534-5342 | Local +52 (322)-297-2077 At LIV, our fertility specialists are some of the most renowned experts in the field. Our center believes in a team approach to fertility treatment. We trust in our multiple and complimentary medical disciplines to lead you on your journey to pregnancy success. Our goal is to provide you affordable and safe fertility care in Mexico, saving you nearly 50 percent when compared to United States and Canada. Both inside and outside of the center, LIV gives you the confidence to explore and enjoy an intimate experience in Puerto Vallarta.

I can't recommend Imer Reproduccion Humana enough. For the past three years my wife and I have been trying to have a child to no avail. Needless to say, without fertility treatments our chances of having a child were slim. On the US side the prices for fertility were more than I could afford. After further research I found Imer fertility center in Tijuana. From the very beginning the staff was very professional, explaining in detail the process my wife and I would go through. After setting up an initial appointment I saw the fertility center and met the staff. I was pleased to see how clean the facility is and how courteous the people are, especially our Dr. Sandra Y. Orendain who could communicate in English and Spanish and genuinely seemed to love her job and helping couples. Once we had ample information, my wife and I proceeded with treatment. From the moment treatment began patience was a requirement. Fertility treatments greatly increased our odds to conceive but it wasn't 100% guaranteed. The facility center is in Tijuana which meant going back and forth from the US to Mexico over and over. Everything tack together would get stressful which is where patience and resolve come in but my wife an I were determined to see it through After the fertility treatments were over, we were thrilled beyond belief to hear my wife was pregnant. I can't describe how happy we were to see our baby for the first time in the ultrasound. My life now consist of cleaning 6 dirty diapers minimum a day, sleeping 2 to 6 hours a night and I couldn't be happier. We have a beautiful baby boy and I can't thank Dr Sandra and her staff enough for our little miracle. I highly recommend to anyone having difficulty conceiving children to set up a consultation and see for yourself. You'll be thankful you did in 9 months. With Love and endless thanks
May 2016
IMER Reproduccion Humana is a clinic who really cares and helps you achieve your dream of becoming parents. Dr. Sandra Orendain is a wonderful Doctor, she is very professional, caring, and really cares about her patients needs and concerns. From the first time I went to the clinic I felt comfortable the staff was very kind and caring. Gisela who is the clinics coordinator was so wonderful from day one, I kept in contact with her through out my whole IVF process and she never left a questioned that I had unanswered she was very helpful! My IVF journey with IMER clinic was a first time success thank you to Dr. Sandra Orendain for making our dreams come true of becoming parents and the staff who helped me and my husband thank you so much because of you we were blessed with baby twins.
October 2015
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Tijuana Infertility Clinic Verified

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.

A terrible experience. We didn´t investigate them before going there. After a legal battle we got our money back. Be very careful !.
November 2012
It was extremely sad for me and my wife.This is because the whole thing failed after spending a fortune.It was a big moment of emotional challenge for us.However we are planning to give it a second shot but i wonder if i would get any kind of discount
August 2012
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Panama IVF Verified

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.

Excelente
May 2014
Had a great experience the whole staff is very nice and carrying and ery professional. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
October 2013
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The Colombian Center for Fertility and Sterility Verified

The globally recognized Colombian Center for Fertility and Sterility (CECOLFES) offers couples the opportunity to identify and solve the problems encountered in having children.

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