Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist Brisbane

Dr Robert Watson MBBS, FRANZCOG

North West Medical Centre

125 Flockton St
Everton Park, QLD 4053
Telephone: 07 3353 4710
Fax: 07 3353 1258
Email: reception@drbobwatson.com.au
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Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)

Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)


Using techniques that increase the number of eggs fertislied during a stimulated IVF cycle we are able to create more embryos for transfer. Freezing of embryos enable you to store good quality excess embryos rather than discarding them.

This has been done for more than 10 years and it can achieve pregnancy rates of up to 25%. We will only freeze embryos if you have signed a consent to freeze form. Please keep in mind that up to 50% of embryos may fail to reach this stage so signing the consent to freeze form is not guarantee we will be able to do so. Embryos that are not transferred or frozen because of poor quality, stop developing and are discarded. Those embryos which are of high enough quality to be frozen are done so in a programmable freezing machine and stored in liquid nitrogen.

 Advantages of FET

  • You are able to have another attempt at achieving pregnancy without having to go through another fully stimulated cycle.
  • Minimal drugs are required and no general anesthetic is required, as a rule, and is much gentler than a fully stimulated cycle. 
FET Process
  • Before you begin the FET process, Dr Watson will consider your clinical history and advise on the best course.
  • You will need to phone the IVF rooms on Day 1 or 2 of your cycle to arrange a review on Day 2 or 3. Usually oestrogen tablets are started then. 
  • Arrange a scan for day 10-12 to check the lining of the uterus. For two weeks after the FET progesterone pessaries and oestrogen tablets should be continued.
  • Two weeks after the FET you should make an appointment with Dr Watson for a pregnancy blood test whether you have any bleeding or not.

PLEASE NOTE

  • No research is undertaken at this practice on embryos removed from storage. Therefore, frozen embryos are thawed for transfer or disposal only on the patients' request.

Fees  

Fees will apply for the freezing and storage of your embryos. Please read our FET fee guidelines or contact our practice managers for an individual estimate.