Our team will always take the time to ensure you understand and are comfortable with every aspect of your fertility treatment, so please don’t hesitate to ask. For your convenience, we also provide explanations for a number of medical terms here.
Embryo cryopreservation with vitrification is used to preserve embryos by cooling and storing them at low temperatures. They can be warmed at a future date and transferred to the uterus.
What are the benefits of embryo cryopreservation?
Embryo cryopreservation permits the use of thawed embryos in an otherwise natural cycle. This spares the patient from undergoing ovulation induction and egg retrieval, and incurring the associated costs.
What are the risks of embryo cryopreservation?
Despite the potential beneficial outcome, there is always a risk that some or all embryos will not survive the freezing and thawing procedure. Approximately 50% of all cryopreserved embryos will not survive.
Sperm aspiration or PESA is the removal of sperm directly from the testis. PESA is done under local anesthesia by a urologist who specializes in male infertility usually just before the partner's egg collection. The fresh sperm collected are then washed and used for ICSI.
Occasionally, women are unable to carry their own pregnancy because of disease or damage to their uterus. In that case, TRIO is happy to work with a gestational carrier selected by the couple to carry the pregnancy for them. There are Health Canada guidelines that must be followed in these cases and we will be pleased to help you navigate through all the steps involved in the procedure.
IVF involves removing eggs from the ovaries, fertilizing them in the laboratory and then placing the embryo(s) into the uterus where it(they) will implant and mature. Originally, IVF was developed to help women with blocked or absent fallopian tubes to achieve pregnancy. IVF today is also used for patients with unexplained infertility, ovulation disorders, endometriosis and male factor issues.
PGT-A is a process of testing embryos (prior to the embryo transfer) for chromosomal abnormalities. This state of the art reproductive technology is often suggested for a variety of patients undergoing IVF including those who are of advanced maternal age, have repeated pregnancy failures or are assessed to be at increased risk for chromosome abnormalities.
This testing involves biopsying a few cells from embryos that are growing well and shipping these cells to a specialty genetics laboratory. The embryos themselves are vitrified (frozen) and kept safely at TRIO while we await the results of the PGT testing. A frozen embryo transfer is planned, if appropriate, after the results of the PGT testing are reviewed with you.
Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) traditionally is a term used to describe the occurrence of 3 or more consecutive pregnancy losses before 20 weeks of pregnancy. The cause of this is often unknown but approximately 15% of all pregnancies end.
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