Generations Fertility Care offers cryopreservation, or freezing, of embryos and sperm. During cryopreservation, the sperm or embryos are frozen and then stored in liquid nitrogen at very low temperatures.
During an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle, often more embryos are produced than are actually transferred. Couples can elect to cryopreserve the remaining high quality embryos for future use.
One advantage of freezing embryos is that should a couple elect to undergo a subsequent fertility treatment, it will not be necessary to undergo the follicle stimulation, egg retrieval and additional laboratory procedures and costs associated with it.
Embryos can be frozen indefinitely with more than half remaining viable after thawing.
For cancer patients, embryo freezing can be one means of preserving their fertility in the event they may wish to become a parent once they are cancer-free.
Sperm cryopreservation is available for men who wish to bank sperm for possible future use. Frozen sperm remain viable indefinitely and can be thawed for use in fertility treatments such as Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
Many cancer treatments can have a damaging effect on sperm quality. Young male cancer patients who someday wish to become fathers may consider freezing sperm prior to undergoing treatment as a means of preserving their fertility for the future.
Men with certain conditions in which the sperm have to be extracted through surgical means, such as TESE, may also consider sperm cryopreservation for future use.