Frozen Embryo Transfer: “Ice Ice Baby”

by Dr Agilan Arjunan, Fertility Specialist, KL Fertility Centre (Malaysia)


Just a few days ago an article about frozen embryo transfer was published in The Star .

In summary, the article mentioned about the advantage of deferring embryo transfer to a later date (ie freezing the embryo first and do the embryo transfer later). It says that by doing so, the miscarriage rate was lower and this leads to a higher live birth rate.

I completely agree with the findings and it concur with my own clinical experience.

Currently, IVF / ICSI can be broken into 2 segments :

a) Stage 1: Ovarian stimulation, egg collectian and fertilisation

b) Stage 2: Embryo transfer

Traditionally, Stage 1 & 2 are done in the same period cycle (fresh embryo transfer). We can get reasonably good pregnancy rate with fresh embryo transfer.