Frozen Embryo Cycle


A Frozen Embryo Cycle is more commonly referred to as a Frozen Embryo Transfer, or FET. It is the process of thawing, culturing, and transferring pre-embryo(s) to the uterus in an attempt to achieve pregnancy. FET has its advantages in that the patient does not need to take expensive ovulation- induction medications and undergo an egg retrieval procedure. Additionally, the uterine receptivity of the patient can be better controlled by the physician to accommodate the pre-embryos. Since fewer medications and procedures are performed for FETs, the costs are considerably lower than those of an entire IVF cycle.


Virginia IVF and Andrology Center will gladly accept cryopreserved embryos from other IVF centers or donor agencies for patients who wish to have their Frozen Embryo Transfer at our facility. Embryos can be transported to our storage facility until the patient is ready to undergo an FET. Fees may apply.


The success of the thawing process can vary depending on the quality of the pre-embryo and stage of development at the time of freezing. In general, approximately 75% of all frozen pre-embryos survive the thawing process. Pregnancy rates for FET at Virginia IVF and Andrology Center are comparable to those of a fresh IVF cycle.