FET Frozen Embryo Transfer

You may undergo a frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle whenever you have frozen embryos and wish to use them. This may be after the delivery of a child when you wish to come back and use your frozen embryos to grow your family, or it could be after an unsuccessful stimulated in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in which you had embryos cryopreserved.

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  • Introduction

    An FET cycle requires very little testing in advance, though your doctor may require an updated mock embryo transfer (MET) and transvaginal scan.

  • Booking an FET cycle

    A patient will contact our office to advise they wish to begin a frozen cycle. If necessary, we will order any repeat screening tests or schedule a follow-up visit with their doctor.

  • Preparing the lining of your uterus

    A FET cycle will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks. A cycle typically begins with an injection (Prostap) on approximately day 21 of a patient’s cycle. After the course of Prostap a patient will undergo a baseline assessment involving bloodwork and ultrasounds, and perhaps further medication to ensure hormone levels are appropriate. A nurse will then confirm an FET date and the patient will attend the clinic for their transfer several days later. Oestrogen and progesterone continue after the transfer, and through to the pregnancy test about 2 weeks later.

  • Embryo transfer

    The embryo transfer is a simple procedure that only takes about 5 minutes to complete. There is no anaesthesia or recovery time needed. A patient will review their cycle with the doctor and the number of embryos recommended for transfer. The nurse will give the patient instructions for the following 2 weeks until it's time for the pregnancy test.

  • The pregnancy test

    Two weeks after the embryo transfer, in the privacy of their own home, a patient will perform a pregnancy test and advises the outcome so Glasgow Royal Fertility Clinic can plan the next steps.


Our full price list can be found here for download. Should you have any questions about the fees, please contact us on 0141 956 0509 and speak to a member of staff.