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Female Fertility Preservation

What does it involve?

 Egg Vitrification allows women to freeze their eggs so that they can be used for insemination at a later point in the future. The reasons for deciding to preserve one’s fertility can be medical or personal.

For women who have been diagnosed with cancer, Egg Vitrification offers the best guarantees for fertility preservation prior to undergoing cancer therapy. Regardless of the moment in which a woman decides to use the eggs to become a mother, Egg Vitrification does not result in any decrease in quality nor in any changes in regards to the age of the eggs.

Egg Vitrification is a procedure which flash-freezes cellular material. During the procedure, the eggs are exposed to a sudden drop in temperature from 23ºC to minus 196ºC. The process begins with hormone stimulation similar to that which a patient undergoes during In Vitro Fertilization treatments. The hormone stimulation allows a woman’s eggs to be retrieved from her ovaries using a simple intervention. The eggs that have been retrieved are then processed and vitrified in our lab and stored in the appropriate banks. Here, we fully guarantee that the eggs will remain stored in a confidential and secure manner, and that their identification will be fully-protected

When is it recommended?

  • Women who have been diagnosed with cancer prior to underdoing treatments such as chemo or radiation therapy in order to treat a tumour. Also, prior to an ooforectomy (removal of ovaries).
  • Healthy women who wish to postpone motherhood for personal reasons.
  • Women undergoing In Vitro Fertilization who, rather than freezing the extra embryos after the procedure, wish to freeze their eggs and use them at a later point in time. This is possible in the case that a pregnancy is not achieved or if the patient simply wishes to save the eggs for a future pregnancy.

Procedure

The procedure that is followed in order to freeze a woman’s eggs is very similar to the procedure for an In Vitro Fertilization treatment. The only difference is that the eggs will not be fertilized, but rather frozen and put into storage once they have been retrieved from the patient. The eggs are kept safe in the appropriate liquid nitrogen banks, and we fully guarantee that they will remain stored in a confidential and secure manner. Moreover, their identification will be fully-protected indefinitely until the patient decides she wants to use them.

Male Fertility Preservation

What does it involve?

Semen freezing is the technique used for male fertility preservation. It involves conserving one or more semen samples in liquid nitrogen in order to have them available for future fertility treatments.

The sample can be preserved indefinitely and will still be apt for fertilization. In order for this to be possible, the sperm are protected with a cryoprotector medium that allows for preservation of the frozen samples over time in our fertility clinic.

When is it recommended?

  • For medical reasons: males who have been diagnosed with cancer and will be undergoing cancer treatments that could put their fertility at risk.
  • Males who are going to receive a vasectomy or other surgeries that affect fertility.
  • When sperm counts are so low that it is advisable to accumulate sperm from various ejaculations.

Procedure

Male Fertility Preservation is a simple procedure. We simply need the patient to turn in a preliminary semen sample to our laboratory which will then be analysed and frozen.

The processes of freezing and thawing semen inevitably reduce semen quality given that the percentage of mobile sperm decreases between about ten and fifty percent. For this reason, we may request additional semen samples depending on the quality of the preliminary sample. We may also request additional samples for medical reasons.

The samples are kept safe in the appropriate semen banks, and we fully guarantee that they will remain stored in a confidential and secure manner. Moreover, their identification will be fully-protected indefinitely until the patient decides he wants to use them. The quality of the sperm which have preserved their motility will not diminish regardless of the amount of time they are kept in the bank.