We had a successful IVF a year and a half ago, and are now planning to try for #2. When we did the last round we were more comfortable freezing unfertilized eggs rather than embryos.
Anyone have any experience with IVF using frozen eggs rather than a true FET? We already know it will involve ICSI and assisted hatching. We were just so lucky with the last one and want to have realistic expectations heading into this one.
My wife and I haven’t used any egg freezing methods as of yet, but I’ve read about it extensively. Egg freezing used to be risky, given that it could generate ice crystals inside of the eggs and damage them. Now, many clinics use a flash freeze method that’s safe and actually INCREASES your chance of success, since it allows you to fertilize and transfer well after your stims and at a time of your convenience. A lot of the time, cycles can fail because of the extensive stress induced by the lengthy IVF process, but some clinics can allow you to break up that marathon into more manageable portions via egg freezing.
I would ask your clinic about what kind of freezing technology they use. I have an inkling that they are probably pretty modern, which may be why they are recommending this course of action. So to summarize: egg freezing can improve your odds, depending on what clinic you are with.