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Freeze all IVF cycle

Postby queenypink » Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:04 pm

During our orientation the nurse suggested a freeze-all cycle might be recommended, and discussed the successes and benefits of this. DH and I were totally thrown off because I've never even heard of this before. I've been doing some research though, and it definitely seems promising. In fact, I *almost* want to push for this option for us.

Has anyone ever had a freeze-all protocol recommended to you? Any thoughts?
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Official Dx: Unexplained

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ER Mar 30th -- 15 eggies collected, 13 mature, 10 fertilized naturally
ET Apr 4th -- 4AA Blastocyst Embaby <3
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Beta #4 20dp5dt Apr 24th - 8337
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Re: Freeze all IVF cycle

Postby SuzyQ15 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:14 pm

I didn't do a "freeze all" cycle, but I have been through both fresh and frozen transfers. The fresh transfer is definitely harder on your body as you have all of the various stimulation medication in your body and when you get pregnant you can be "over" stimulated. With the frozen, you are on less medication. And I know from being on these boards that several women have had better success with the frozen transfers as their bodies seem to react better. In my case, it really didn't make a difference. I got pregnant twice on fresh cycles and twice on frozen cycles. And as you can see from my signature line below, I have a healthy baby from each kind of cycle. I would be most interested in hearing what your doctor suggests. He/She knows your condition best. Good Luck!!!
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IVF #1 (2/2010)- Transferred 2 5 day blasts- DS1 born Nov 2010!!!
IVF #2 (2/2012)- Transferred 2 5 day blasts, BFP but m/c at 6w4d due to SCH.
FET #1 (7/2012)- Transferred 2 5 day blasts, BFP but m/c of baby boy at 7 wks due to Trisomy 16.
FET #2-(12/14/12)- Transferred our LAST 2 5 day blasts
Beta No. 1-(12dp5dt)- 497/ Beta No. 2- (14dp5dt)- 1297
U/S No. 1- Saw 1 gestational sac & yolk sac
U/S Nos. 2 - 6- Baby measuring right on time or ahead at 6w4d, 7w4d, 8w4d, 9w4d & 10w4d with a strong heartbeat!!
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Re: Freeze all IVF cycle

Postby cbusch87 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 9:32 pm

I was warned that my cycle may be a freeze all because I was at such a high risk for OHSS. I didn't want that at all and was thankful to do a fresh transfer. However I see the benefit of a freeze all then FET because I deceloped late onset OHSS (the day of my BFP) and I was totally miserable for a week or 2. Some people say frozen transfers have slightly higher pregnancy stats because the embryos that survive the freeze and thaw are hardier embryos.
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Re: Freeze all IVF cycle

Postby Adventurer » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:04 am

A freeze all cycle is not a bad idea. The only fresh transfer I had was IVF #4 which ended in BFN and one of the 2 transferred was chromosomally normal yet still didn't take. I had success with FET. Certainly, doing FET doesn't have a lesser chance of success than fresh. Many people believe it might even be better since the lining is thought to be more optimal.
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IVF #2: (4/14) 19 eggs - 13 fertilized with ICSI, 5 blasts/snowbabies
IVF #3: (6/14) 16 eggs - 10 fertilized with ICSI, 4 blasts/snowbabies
IVF #4: (8/14) 33 eggs - 27 mature - 22 fertilized with ICSI, 2 day 5 blasts transferred - BFN, 10 snowbabies, 4 remaining PGS normals
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Re: Freeze all IVF cycle

Postby mmmoore » Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:45 pm

Queenypink my RE suggested the same thing and it threw us off too. I had never heard of it before and it scared me. But like you have read, the research seems promising. It seems to be a newer thing.
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Re: Freeze all IVF cycle

Postby MidwestGirl » Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:47 pm

We've just been back to the RE to plan for the next attempt, and he recommended the same thing to us, both to optimize our chances and to decrease the risk/severity of OHSS. I was really hoping to be pregnant sooner, and it's disappointing that a "freeze-all" cycle will put that off by 6-8 weeks (so we're looking at "trying" by FET in July rather than by fresh cycle in May). However, having had mild OHSS last time, I definitely don't want to repeat that experience. Our RE says that he has slightly higher success rates with frozen cycles, so maybe it'll ultimately work in our favor. I went to the ASRM website, and no one has statistics for this posted yet -- the CDC's most recently tabulated data is from 2012, and this seems to be a fairly new trend. Apparently, the technology for freezing & thawing has improved significantly in the last couple of years so that instead of 85-90% surviving the freeze/thaw, now it's more than 95%. But still, I'm right there with you about the frustration when that's not what you were initially expecting!
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FET Jan 2015, BFN
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