Medical contribution by Benjamin S. Harris, M.D., M.P.H.

Benjamin S. Harris, M.D., M.P.H., is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). Passionate about educating patients and helping them understand the concepts underlying their unique set of reproductive circumstances, Dr. Harris sees patients at SGF Richmond’s Stony Point and Henrico Doctors’ – Forest location, as well as SGF Jones Institute in Norfolk.

During the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, there are many reasons patients and their physicians may choose not to do a fresh embryo transfer. After an egg retrieval, any embryos that were created could be frozen for later use. Then, when you are ready, an embryo can be thawed and transferred to the uterus during a frozen embryo transfer (FET).  

Dr. Benjamin S. Harris, who sees patients at SGF Richmond’s Stony Point and Henrico Doctors’ – Forest locations, answers frequently asked questions about FETs. 

What is a frozen embryo transfer (FET)?

A frozen embryo transfer (FET) is a cycle in which the frozen embryos made during the IVF process are thawed and are then transferred back into uterus. 

When can I do an FET cycle?

Frozen embryos remain viable well over 10 years or more after the initial freeze. You may do an FET cycle following an unsuccessful fresh IVF cycle. Or you and your physician may not have done a fresh transfer to begin so that you could ensure your body was ready for an FET.