When considering IVF, invitro fertilization, many women research and find the best infertility doctor, look for the best locations for care and appointment times, and even research doctors who have certifications in specific fertilities subspecialties. For most women, however, there is little consideration given to the ancillary services that are used and how the ancillary services are provided. If you are considering IVF, it is important to research all aspects of your care including how the embryo transfer and storage will take place.
One of the most important aspects of a successful pregnancy following IVF involves the successful and safe embryo transfer and storage process. While you may be inclined to simply trust that your doctor will provide the best possible care, it is always a good idea to ask questions about the embryo transfer and storage process so that you are familiar with what you can expect with IVF.
One of the most important questions to ask your fertility specialist is the question regarding age of embryos and what you can do to help ensure that, when transferred, your uterus is well prepared to receive the embryos and provide the best possible outcome for a live pregnancy. While this is common to the treatment by a fertility doctor, there are some doctors that simply fail to provide all of the details to a woman who is about to undergo invitro fertilization.
In addition, you will want to find out what your doctor’s recommendations are with regard to left over embryos. Because embryos can be transferred within 24 hours after fertilization, and doctors typically advise as to how many will be transferred during IVF, there is always a concern about what to do should additional embryos remain untransformed. While there are additional costs associated with cryopreservation, a free drying method to store embryos, many couples opt for this procedure so as to provide for a future opportunity for IVF should current fertility transfers prove unsuccessful.
When looking for the right fertility specialist, it is important to consider a whole variety of aspects of your infertility treatment including what and how your embryos will be managed should you opt for IVF. When facing this option as a fertility choice, be sure you are fully aware of what your doctor’s intentions may be and find a physician who will listen to your wishes and desires as you work through your infertility and progress toward a healthy pregnancy.
Sources: Dr. Richard Marrs’ Fertility Book, by Richard Marrs, MD, pp. 334-335.