Fresh or Frozen: Assisted Reproductive Technology Works Both Ways

I knew that one of my favorite families had two sons who were conceived through IVF but I hadn’t asked their mother the details. On a recent visit for the younger child’s checkup, I did. “Our first was fresh”, she said. “This one”, she said, pointing to the giggling, curious, healthy 6 month old on my exam table, “was frozen.” She and her husband are quite pleased, she told me, with how they both turned out.

Fresh vs frozen? Though the couple had suffered from infertility for a number of years, they were able to conceive with the use of modern reproductive technology. These boys were both conceived in a test tube with her husband’s sperm and the eggs of a donor. They were both fertilized at the same time, but they waited for a couple of years to implant the second embryo: in the meantime, my now 6-month-old thriving patient was frozen.

I’m very pleased to relate that from my point of view, as their pediatrician, both the fresh and frozen are perfect: healthy, happy, and thriving. This family is very thankful for modern assisted reproductive technology, which has helped them create a lovely lovely family.

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