What happens a decade on from embryo freezing?

Embryo freezing to potentially use them to become parents at a later date is becoming more and more common, as the science of fertility medicine constantly improves

But what about when the time comes to use your ‘frosties’? How does that feel? Here’s one story of preservation IVF.

When Gillian St. Lawrence was 30 and her husband was 32, the couple embarked on a process of preservation IVF. Not then ready to become parents, they both knew that if they left things and waited for years, the family they knew they eventually wanted might not come easily.

At that point, the couples’ fertility was normal, and so the IVF cycles were gentler in that they required little or no drugs

So each month, the egg that Gillian produced was harvested and fertilised using her husband’s sperm, rather than having to use drugs to stimulate egg production.

They did this five times

Each time they produced day five blastocysts which were then frozen, each cycle being carefully planned around their work and travel commitments. They saw these five frozen embryos as an insurance policy against any future fertility problems.

Four years later, in 2013, as the couple worked hard towards securing their future and that of their future children financially, they fell pregnant “the old fashioned way”. And so their surprise daughter started their family.

Four years after that, Gillian was approaching 39, they decided they wanted to use one of their frozen embryos to have another child

After a few tests, Gillian was told she and her womb were healthy enough for embryo transfer.

So in October 2017 they decided to go ahead, and after a minimal medication approach to the IVF that created the embryos, they decided on a natural transfer approach that worked with Gillian’s own pattern of ovulation. This meant not having to use hormone supplements to fall in line with the clinic’s protocols and schedules.

All of the couple’s embryos had a 50% chance of becoming a healthy pregnancy and on embryo transfer day the embryo was thawed just before their arrival

The procedure took no more than ten minutes and Gillian rested for the rest of the day.

Sadly, after two weeks, it became clear that the embryo hadn’t implanted but the couple went ahead with another transfer a week later

A week after that, Gillian learned that she was pregnant! After the next nine weeks in the care of the fertility clinic, all was progressing well and her care was transferred to the normal hospital care.

Gillian’s healthy baby boy was born, to a very excited family and they are forever grateful to the amazing journey to parenthood that embryo freezing has given them,


Have you frozen your embryos? Have you become pregnant with IVF using frozen embryos? How long were they stored? We would love to hear your story at mystory@ivfbabble.com or on social @ivfbabble

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