Embryo Cryopreservation and Banking
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Cryopreservation Egg and Sperm Freezing
There are many reasons that a person may consider undergoing fertility treatment. Sometimes it’s to ensure that they can start a family now, and sometimes it’s to ensure that they can start a family in the future. One important component of fertility treatment is cryopreservation. This helps in retrieval and donation procedures and is often an essential part of other fertility treatments. When you visit our Dallas fertility clinic, we can discuss cryopreservation in greater detail. Right now, we’d like just go over the basics.
What is Cryopreservation?
Cryopreservation is a process in which eggs or sperm are frozen at sub-zero temperatures. This helps preserve the embryos or sperm so that they can be used at a later time. When you speak with a fertility specialist in Dallas, this procedure may come up as part of your treatment.
Why is Cryopreservation Performed?
Cryopreservation is performed for a variety of reasons. As mentioned above, it’s a great option for people who want to start families. The embryos and sperm are preserved safely at these extremely low temperatures, helping to ensure that no cell death or damage at a cellular level occurs. Occasionally there can be cellular damage during the freezing stage, though we have numerous ways of preventing such issues.
Egg Donation/Retrieval and Cryopreservation
When preserving eggs for future use, cryopreservation is essential. If a woman would like to preserve healthy eggs at an early age in order to start a family later in life, cryopreservation is used. This is ideal because the chance of birth defects increases as a woman ages.
In addition, cryopreservation is essential for the egg donation process, which is one of the most effective treatments for infertility. An egg donor can provide eggs for a couple who will select those eggs in the future. Cryopreservation keeps those eggs viable for future use.
Sperm Donation/Retrieval and Cryopreservation
Cryopreservation is also essential for preserving sperm for future use. Someone men may want to undergo a vasectomy but would like to start a family at some point later on. Cryopreservation will allow this option to be viable in the future.
And just like egg donation, sperm donation is greatly assisted by cryopreservation. A man can donate sperm that can be used and selected by a couple at a later time. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Cryopreservation
If an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure is performed that involves donor eggs or sperm, cryopreservation will be used. The same is true if a couple wishes to have children later in life and wants to use preserved eggs and sperm.
Contact Our Fertility Practice to Learn More
If you would like to learn more about your many different options for fertility treatment, be sure to contact our Dallas fertility treatment center today. We will be more than happy to discuss all of your treatment options in greater detail, helping you receive the best possible treatment for your needs. We look forward to meeting you in person.