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    Default Frozen embryo's & length of time

    Hi everyone I'm not sure if this question has been asked before or not. I'm on my phone but did try to have a quick look but couldn't find anything similar.

    We are incredibly lucky to have an 11 month old dd who was a result of a frozen embryo transfer. We are so lucky as we have a few still on ice.

    The question that has been on my mind a lot lately is how long is the recommended time embryo's can be frozen for?

    I've had a look back through my ivf paperwork but I haven't been able to find anything about it.

    We are trying to figure out the right time to go back for another transfer, however I was wanting to wait until I had a little bit more leave owing at work again. But then I thought the other day, how long are the embryo's able to be frozen for & does the length of time affect their quality?

    We had them frozen in 2014 I think it was.

    If anyone has been through ivf & knows the answer I would really appreciate if you could fill me in as it may possibly bring our decision for transfer closer than what we were planning. Are they more likely to deteriorate when defrosted the longer they are frozen or do they stay the same quality?

    I hope this makes sense. Thanks for any replies!

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    I don't think the amount of time matters to the quality of the embryo. I believe the government has set a 10 year limit and if you want to keep them longer you have to apply to do so

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    Thanks flowers. I could've sworn the doctor at some point said a certain time period frozen can affect them but I just couldn't remember & can't find anything about it. Fingers crossed they don't get affected by length of time

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    @Rocky27 I also think its ten years and you have to apply if you need/want longer than that.. FWIW we had a freeze all cycle Nov 2013 due to OHSS, DD born in Nov 2014 and I am now 8 + 5 from another FET that we did from the Nov 13 batch (transferred March 2016)

    I think the quality remains the same due to how they are frozen and about 90% survive the thawing process. Our recent one came out completely unchanged with no fragmentation so I think they must stay the same!

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do

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    After 10 years in Australia you have to apply to keep the embryos longer.
    I don't think the length of time frozen is a big factor, as pp's have said, more the quality at time of freezing.
    There is a boy in the uk born from a 20 year old embryo who is some sort of genius!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Molros View Post
    @Rocky27 I also think its ten years and you have to apply if you need/want longer than that.. FWIW we had a freeze all cycle Nov 2013 due to OHSS, DD born in Nov 2014 and I am now 8 + 5 from another FET that we did from the Nov 13 batch (transferred March 2016)

    I think the quality remains the same due to how they are frozen and about 90% survive the thawing process. Our recent one came out completely unchanged with no fragmentation so I think they must stay the same!

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do
    May I ask how many transfers it took for your second? We're going for our first FET next month and I'm getting anxious. We got so lucky with DS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lileitak View Post
    May I ask how many transfers it took for your second? We're going for our first FET next month and I'm getting anxious. We got so lucky with DS.
    My first FET after OHSS didn't work but the second one gave us DD. The one I am pregnant with now was the first FET after having her.....I thought it would take more than one attempt to be honest! Its quite nervewracking isn't it

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Molros View Post
    My first FET after OHSS didn't work but the second one gave us DD. The one I am pregnant with now was the first FET after having her.....I thought it would take more than one attempt to be honest! Its quite nervewracking isn't it

    Good luck!
    Thank you!! It is.

    We have 4 frosties so I'm hopeful one of them will give us another.

    I'm so anxious but happy my cycle isn't medicated. That's one less thing to deal with.

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    Ten years. After which you can petition to keep them stored longer if you need. If you used frozen donor sperm it might be less though, although that's not the case for you.

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    So the ten yr limit, yes that what I was told, but it brings another thought to mind.... If u think about eggs cf to embryos and the recc is still 10 y, which I think it is..... There's not a lot of point ( unless ur talking pre chemo) as they say the best eggs for freezing should be before ur 25yo..., ( embryos hardier and ok from older person) which would mean they 'expire' at 35yo when most of u still have reasonable eggs to make embryos from.....


 

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