Embryo Cryopreservation: How To Protect Your Future
Cryopreservation is a process where embryos are frozen, then stored for later use. With this technology, it is possible to protect the genetic future of your family. This article will walk you through how to better prepare yourself for this treatment.
What is Embryo Cryopreservation?
Embryo cryopreservation is a process by which embryos are frozen and stored for future use. This gives couples the opportunity to conceive a child at a later date, or to have additional children if they so desire. The process is simple: the embryo is placed in a cryogenic chamber and cooled to -196°C. This freezes the embryo, preventing any further development. When the couple is ready to conceive, the embryo is thawed and implanted into the mother’s uterus.
Embryo cryopreservation has been used for over 30 years and has helped thousands of couples have children when they otherwise may not have been able to do so. There are many reasons why couples may choose to freeze their embryos.
For example, some couples may want to wait until they are financially stable before starting a family. Others may want to wait until they are older, when they are more physically and emotionally prepared for parenthood. And still, others may need to freeze their embryos due to medical reasons, such as cancer treatment or fertility issues.
No matter the reason, embryo cryopreservation gives couples the chance to have a family on their own terms.
Who is a Candidate for Embryo Cryopreservation?
If you’re considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help you conceive, you may have heard of embryo cryopreservation as an option to protect your future. This fertility treatment involves freezing embryos for future use.
• Embryo cryopreservation is recommended for:
• Couples who have undergone unsuccessful IVF cycles and are planning to try again
• Women who are about to undergo cancer treatment that may affect their fertility
• Women with a family history of premature menopause
• Couples who want to conceive but are not ready yet (e.g. they want to wait until they’re older or financially stable)
The best candidates for embryo cryopreservation are those who have healthy eggs and sperm and have undergone a few unsuccessful IVF cycles. However, even if you don’t fit into this category, you may still be a candidate for this treatment – it all depends on your individual circumstances.
If you’re considering embryo cryopreservation, it’s important to speak to a fertility specialist to find out if this treatment is right for you.
How to prepare your embryos for cryopreservation
If you’re considering embryo cryopreservation, there are a few things you can do to prepare your embryos for the freezing process. First, it’s important to have a healthy supply of eggs. You’ll need to undergo hormone treatment to stimulate egg production, and your doctor will closely monitor your progress. Once your eggs are mature, they’ll be retrieved through a minor surgical procedure.
Next, your embryos will need to be fertilized with sperm. This can be done through traditional in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Once fertilized, your embryos will grow in the lab for several days before they’re ready to be frozen.
Before cryopreservation, your doctor will assess the quality of your embryos and select the best ones for freezing. They’ll also determine the best method of freezing – either slow cooling or vitrification – based on the quality of your embryos. Once your embryos are frozen, they’ll be stored in a tank of liquid nitrogen until you’re ready to use them.