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Embryo Freezing

Embryo freezing differs from ovarian tissue storage, in that the patient undergoes a short course IVF cycle, which commences on day 1 of the patient's menstrual cycle. The cycle takes a minimum of two weeks.

Eggs are collected and fertilised with the male’s sperm, and embryos are frozen for future use once the patient has recovered sufficiently to embark on a pregnancy.

Obviously, this is more suitable for any fertile woman who is in a relationship with a male at the time of diagnosis.

This is established technology with a reasonable success rate compared to ovarian tissue freezing, which remains largely a technology that must be further developed before it can be useful. Therefore, this remains the best option at present.

About this Canterbury DHB document (5089):

Document Owner:

Sean Macpherson (see Who's Who)

Last Reviewed:

January 2019

Next Review:

January 2022


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Topic Code: 5089