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Differences Between Fresh Embryo Transfer and Delayed Embryo Transfer

Differences Between Fresh Embryo Transfer and Delayed Embryo Transfer

When considering IVF treatment, it is important to understand the difference between a fresh embryo transfer and a delayed embryo transfer.

Fresh embryo transfer is an option in which the embryo is transferred back into the woman’s uterus during the same ovulation cycle in which the eggs were retrieved and fertilized.  This typically occurs five to six days after fertilization.

Delayed embryo transfer is an option during IVF treatment in which the fertilized embryos are frozen for future transfer to the woman’s uterus.

Instead of implanting embryos while the body’s cycle is altered by IVF, eggs are first retrieved, grown in a lab for five to six days and then frozen. Freezing techniques have made significant strides in recent years. Aspire uses vitrification which is the process of freezing so rapidly that the water molecules do not have time to form ice crystals. It is a more complicated and successful process than the slow-freeze method of the past.

People often wonder if freezing hurts the embryo; the answer is no.  The process preserves the embryo in time and allows for the option of genetic screening to test for certain genetic medical conditions like Cystic Fibrosis or Sickle Cell Anemia.  Genetic testing can also provide the gender of the embryo.  The embryo can be frozen indefinitely or until the women is ready to become pregnant.

Once the uterus environment recovers from the stress of IVF, and has returned to a more normal cycle, the embryo is then thawed and implanted. These advanced techniques more closely resemble natural conception and result in increased pregnancy and live birth rates, decreased miscarriages, and healthier babies. Delayed Embryo Transfer during IVF greatly increases the chance for successful implantation.

Aspire provides Delayed Embryo Transfers as our standard of care for our IVF treatments at no additional cost to patients. If you would like to speak with a fertility expert, please contact us if you have any questions or need support.

Common Ethical Concerns and Issues with Egg Donation

Common Ethical Concerns and Issues with Egg Donation

There are many ethical issues to consider when using donor eggs. Here are a few common issues that people who are considering using donor eggs face.

How important is it to the parents that the child is genetically related to them?

Is the goal a healthy pregnancy or a genetically related healthy pregnancy? Often times, the use of a donor egg is more beneficial, because it results in a healthy and successful pregnancy when a woman’s own eggs are not of good quality.

Is parenting better done at a younger age or an older age?

It can be better to have youth on your side, but it can also be good to have maturity when it comes to parenting. After age 40, IVF is often more successful using donor eggs. Some benefits to using donor eggs is the ability to avoid negative genetic and psychological health issues.

How will you explain to your child about how they were conceived and at what age?

What if your child wants to meet his or her biological parents? If your donor is known, then you could arrange for this to happen. It is helpful to think about what you would want their relationship to look like if your child did meet his or her biological parents.

How does your religion view the use of donor eggs?

Is it ethical for a sister to donate eggs to her sister?

Who will carry the baby and how will this be explained? This is a common scenario and all parties involved (including husbands) must go through a psychological evaluation and be approved to move forward.


Making a list of pros and cons in addition to speaking with a counselor can help reduce anxiety about the use of donor eggs. Contact Aspire Fertility with any additional questions regarding ethical concerns with egg donation.


Nutrition Tips for Increasing Fertility

Nutrition Tips for Increasing Fertility

Have you ever wondered if there were ways that you could increase your fertility through nutrition? Nutrition can affect your chances of becoming pregnant more than you may realize.

Here are some helpful fertility nutrition tips with foods to avoid and foods that are beneficial to eat when trying to conceive.

1. Eat a balanced diet that includes lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein.

2. Avoid eating unpasteurized cheese, meat, eggs, and dairy. These foods can harm a developing fetus and put the mother at risk for salmonella, listeria, or other food-borne bacteria.

3. Reduce caffeine intake to less than two eight-ounce cups of coffee per day. Coffee has been proven to play a role in causing miscarriages. Two or more cups of coffee per day can cause a woman to be twice more likely to have a miscarriage. If you drink caffeine in other substances like energy drinks, reduce the amount you drink of those products, too.

4. Dr. Barbara Stegmann recommends eliminating alcohol intake altogether to increase your chances of getting pregnant. If you can’t eliminate alcohol, try reducing how often you drink alcoholic beverages. Some studies have shown that alcohol can inhibit a person’s ability to get pregnant. Alcohol can also cause birth defects early on, before a person knows that they are pregnant.

5. Dr. Stegmann also recommends not being underweight or overweight when trying to conceive. Your body can sense when it is healthy, and you are more likely to get pregnant when you are healthy. If you have too much or too little fat, your estrogen levels will get thrown off and your fertility could be affected. A lot of people don’t realize that being underweight can make a person have a difficult time becoming pregnant. If you are trying to gain weight, avoid binge eating in order to gain weight. Instead, gradually increase your weight by eating a balanced diet. If you are trying to lose weight, be sure to also lose it in a healthy way with diet and exercise. Do not try to find shortcuts for this, such as taking diet drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor more about how to gain or lose weight in a healthy way.

6. Folic acid is important to have in your diet, because it is one of the few nutrients that can help you avoid neural tube birth defects. You can take a folic acid supplement or eat foods that contain folic acid, such as dark leafy vegetables (collard greens, asparagus, kale), citrus fruits and fruit juices, nuts, beans, peas, dairy products, meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and grains.

7. Vitamin D is very important to have in your diet, because it is extremely important for healthy reproduction and bone health.

For women, Vitamin D increases ovarian follicular fluid levels. There is a higher success rate for getting pregnant when these levels are high, because higher levels help with receiving embryos during an embryo transfer.

Vitamin D is helpful for men because it helps in making their sperm healthier (higher sperm concentration, better sperm morphology and motility). You can find Vitamin D in foods like portobello mushrooms, almonds, caviar, and Cod Liver Oil.

8. Taking a prenatal vitamin daily can be very helpful when trying to conceive, because it helps women get the nutrients and vitamins that bodies need. Your menstrual cycle is disrupted when your body is lacking certain nutrients.

Reproductive BioMedicine Online published a study finding that women undergoing fertility treatments are more likely to conceive when taking a prenatal multivitamin daily. Women who took a prenatal multivitamin had fewer fertility treatments, and 75 percent of them were pregnant on the first cycle of fertility treatments.

9. Avoid eating types of fish that contain high amounts of mercury, as higher levels can damage your baby’s developing nervous system. Fish that contain high amounts of mercury are: swordfish, tilefish, shark, canned tuna, and king mackerel.

10. Don’t become too obsessed with following a strict diet, because doing so could increase your stress and anxiety levels. It is good to splurge once in awhile. When you are eating better, you will feel better, too, which also benefits your baby when you become pregnant.

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Given what we learned on our own journey, this is how we’re improving the fertility experience for you. At Aspire, we commit to:

  • Establishing and maintaining an ongoing relationship with your OB/GYN
  • Giving you a price that is transparent, easy to understand and without any hidden costs
  • Providing the most advanced IVF technology
  • Simplifing the IVF process to ensure critical timelines are met
  • Using today’s advanced digital technologies to help you conveniently, effectively and interactively manage you fertility journey

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