Embryo, egg & sperm freezing
Cryopreservation of embryos, sperm, eggs and testes biopsies is done for various reasons. Some of the more common reasons are medical conditions that require treatment harmful towards reproduction. Sometimes it is due to logistical reasons or just to preserve fertility till the patient is ready to start with a family.
Is Cryopreservation (freezing) right for me?
Left over embryos
Cryopreservation can be an excellent way to preserve your fertility and improve your chances of having a biological child in the future.
The Egg-Freezing Process
Evaluation of ovarian reserve
Egg retrieval & freezing
Once your eggs are ready to be retrieved, you will undergo a quick 15-minute surgical procedure to retrieve the eggs. You will be sedated and the eggs will be removed with a needle through the vaginal wall – there are no cuts or stitches. Immediately after the retrieval, the eggs will be frozen in the lab.
The eggs are stored at a facility and will be kept there until you notify us that you need them. An annual fee is payable to store the eggs.
The Sperm-Freezing Process
Freezing sperm can be greatly beneficial to preserve future fertility in these uncertain times. Our centre performs short-term freezing of sperm with some requirements.
Consent form and payment
If you ever feel unsure about your fertility journey or need advice, our staff are always happy to assist and provide guidance.
The Embryo-Freezing Admin Process
The administrative part of embryo freezing is a very important aspect of the process and there are a few simple steps we follow to make sure the process goes smoothly.
Annual communication and storage
Please communicate with us every year regarding the embryo and kindly pay the applicable storage fee.
Notice of future use
Future uses can include one of the below: Frozen Embryo Transfer or Thawing/Discarding or Adoption of Embryos. Please see the processes for each below.
Frozen Embryo Transfer Process
A frozen embryo transfer, or FET, is a kind of IVF treatment where a cryopreserved embryo created in a full IVF cycle is thawed and transferred to a woman’s uterus. The cryopreserved embryo may be from a woman’s previous conventional IVF cycle, or it may be a donor embryo.
Day 1 of your menstrual cycle
Thawing/Discarding or Adoption of Embryos Process
If you decide to discard the embryos or give them up for adoption, there are several steps to be followed to ensure a smooth process.