Are you hoping for one baby, or a larger family?
As more and more women delay family building, some find that they are running out of time to complete their family. Historically, fertility centers used to only be able to focus on one baby at a time. Advancing female age then meant that some women faced difficulty conceiving their first baby, and others faced having a smaller family size than desired. However, technical advances in embryo freezing and preimplantation genetic testing now allow us to better consider the whole family in a more proactive way. It is possible to freeze embryos now in the hopes of increasing the odds of having a second, or even third or more, child in the future.
Maximize the likelihood of having the family you always dreamed about.
Embryo banking involves in vitro fertilization (IVF) followed by embryo biopsy and freezing for preimplantation genetic testing (PGT). PGT results show which embryos are chromosomally normal (‘euploid’) and able to be kept frozen for potential future thaw and transfer. While no fertility treatment works every time, each euploid embryo is associated with a relatively high probability of a future live birth, approximately 65% per embryo. This information allows couples to complete an embryo banking cycle, then consider how many euploid embryos they have in storage to estimate the cumulative likelihood of future success before deciding on their next steps. Embryo banking may be a good way to maximize the likelihood of having the family you always dreamed about!