Frozen Embryo Transfer

Frozen embryo transfer (FET) serves as a versatile and effective option in assisted reproductive technologies, offering individuals and couples increased control over the timing and conditions of their embryo transfer, ultimately enhancing the chances of a successful pregnancy.

Who Is Suitable For Frozen Embryo Transfer?

FET is a suitable option for individuals or couples who have undergone IVF and have surplus embryos from a previous cycle. It is also chosen by those who have preserved embryos through egg freezing or have undergone preimplantation genetic testing. FET offers optimal timing for embryo transfer, allowing precision in synchronization with the woman’s menstrual cycle or specific treatments.

Medical reasons, such as previous complications during IVF, uterine conditions, or recurrent pregnancy loss, may also prompt the use of FET. Additionally, FET is a preferred choice for couples using donor sperm or those aiming for family expansion after a successful IVF cycle.

The decision is made through collaborative discussions with our dedicated fertility specialists, taking into account your unique circumstances and treatment objectives. We invite you to reach out to our clinic for personalised guidance and support on your fertility journey.

What Does Frozen Embryo Transfer Involve?

FET is a procedure used in assisted reproductive technology to implant previously frozen embryos into the uterus. Here is an overview of the key steps involved in a frozen embryo transfer:

Step 1 - Thawing of Embryos

The process begins with the thawing of frozen embryos. These embryos were previously created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and then cryopreserved for future use.

After thawing, the embryologist assesses the viability of the embryos. Not all embryos survive the freezing and thawing process, so a careful evaluation is performed to select the healthiest and most viable embryos.

The woman’s uterus is prepared for embryo transfer through hormonal medications. This may involve estrogen to stimulate the growth of the uterine lining and progesterone to support its development, creating an optimal environment for embryo implantation.

The timing of the embryo transfer is carefully synchronized with the woman’s menstrual cycle or hormonal preparation to ensure the receptive state of the uterine lining.

Once the uterine lining is deemed suitable, the selected thawed embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus. This is a relatively straightforward and minimally invasive procedure, often resembling a Pap smear, and is typically done in a clinic or fertility center.

After the embryo transfer, the woman may be advised to rest for a short period before resuming normal activities. Progesterone supplementation may continue to support the early stages of pregnancy.

Approximately 10-14 days after the embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is conducted to determine whether implantation has occurred.

How Can I Find Out if I am a Suitable Candidate for FET?

If you think you are in need of assistance, you can contact us by phone, email or through our appointment form below. We also accept GP referrals.


Transportation of Gametes

Keith Trower MA is the former CEO of Aeromedevac Ireland Ltd, the Irish-based air ambulance, responsible for internationally accredited medical courier transfers of human tissue.  To support egg donation programmes provided by fertility clinics, Aeromedevac was approved for transportation of human tissue by commercial airliner by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) , Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and major airlines such as Aer Lingus, British Airways and Lufthansa. 

As part of his remit, Keith was responsible for overseas medical repatriation services for some 2.2 million PPP healthcare members involving over 250 repatriations by air ambulance every year.

Keith and his team have a wide experience are an independent group and provide valuable inter-clinic transfer knowledge and skill.

We at FIVF will direct you to their services if you require them at any time.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q1: How Do I Schedule an Initial Consultation?

A: To schedule an initial consultation, please contact our clinic directly via phone, email, or through our appointment request form. You may also ask your general practitioner or healthcare provider for a referral.

A: We offer a range of fertility services, including but not limited to IVF, IUI, egg freezing, and donor programs. Our experienced team will guide you through the available options based on your individual needs.

A: Infertility can result from various factors. If you’ve been actively trying to conceive for a year (or six months if you’re over 35) without success, or if you have known fertility issues, it’s advisable to seek consultation. Both partners should undergo initial assessments to determine the cause.

A: The process varies based on the chosen treatment, but generally involves an initial consultation, diagnostic testing, personalized treatment planning, and, if needed, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI. Our team will guide you through each step.

A: Our team can discuss available financing options, and we recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand coverage details.

As of 2023, patients may avail of publicly funded IVF, IUI, or ICSI treatments through the HSE if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

A: Success rates can vary based on individual circumstances. During your consultation, we will provide you with personalized information based on your medical history and the specific treatment plan.

A: We welcome both couples and single individuals seeking fertility assistance. Our team provides support and guidance to individuals with diverse family-building goals.

A: Fertility treatments can be emotionally challenging, and the physical aspects vary. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care and support throughout your fertility journey.

A: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can positively impact fertility. Our team will provide guidance on factors such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management to optimize your chances of conception.

A: Patient confidentiality is a top priority. We adhere to strict privacy standards, and all information shared with our clinic is kept confidential.


We Offer High Success Rates!

With both frozen and fresh embryo transfer options available, we tailor our approach to suit each individual’s needs, maximising the chances of conception. Find our more about how our dedicated team of experts utilizes cutting-edge technology and personalised care to achieve outstanding results.


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