Frozen Embryos Superior to Fresh Ones for IVF

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After years of being conditioned by Gordon Ramsay's profanity-laden rants that fresh is always better than frozen, it comes as a bit of a shock that a reality TV chef's wisdom about food doesn't hold true when it comes to assisted reproductive technology. Anyway, according to a new study regarding IVF treatments, frozen embryos are more likely to result in healthier pregnancies and healthier babies, than fresh embryos.


The research—conducted at Aberdeen University and published in the Fertility Sterility journal—evaluated 37,000 implantation pregnancies and found that when frozen embryos were used there was a "30 per cent lower risk of bleeding during pregnancy, 30 to 40 per cent less chance of the baby being born underweight, 20 per cent smaller risk of it being born preterm and 20 per cent less likelihood of it dying shortly after birth," compared to pregnancies resulting from fresh embryos.

Researchers had a few theories as to why frozen embryos garner better results, the first having to do with the toll that the fertility treatment takes on a woman's body. When fresh embryos are implanted shortly after harvesting the eggs, a woman's lining may not have fully recovered from the invasive procedure. And the drugs used to stimulate egg production could still be circulating in her body, which could be harmful to the pregnancy.


Additionally, only the healthiest embryos survive the freezing and thawing process. A hardier embryo could result in a hardier infant.

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Frozen embryos better for IVF treatment [Telegraph]

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So, let me posit this: I was having a conversation with some single lady friends (all of us around 30, give or take two years) and we started talking about how our approaches to dating have changed through the years for each of us:do you want kids/do you feel pressure to find someone now that we're getting older/blah blah blah. Then, one of my friends asked if we had thought about freezing out eggs. This totally blew me away as being a super crazy idea. But then I realized that I'm not 23, and maybe it wasn't totally insane? Has anyone done this? If so, at what age? Am I being hysterical or is this actually a valid consideration for someone in their early 30's who would like children eventually?