Fertility PreservationMay 27, 2020 2020-08-13 10:41
Fertility Preservation (cryopreservation) is an effective way for women and men to preserve their fertility for the future. Individuals may want to consider opting for fertility preservation if they are considering delaying parenthood for a while (due to health/social reasons) or if they are undergoing medical treatment (e.g Chemotherapy) which might have a negative effect on their fertility.
At Nordica Fertility Center, we offer 3 major cryopreservation services:
- Egg Freezing (Oocyte Cryopreservation)
- Sperm Freezing (Sperm Banking)
- Embryo Freezing (Embryo Cryopreservation)
As with every fertility related issue, age matters. The quality of a woman's eggs declines gradually as she grows older. When egg quality declines, the chance of pregnancy decreases and the risk of miscarriage and genetic abnormality increases. Egg Freezing, a very effective fertility preservation technique offers women the opportunity to take control of their biological clock.With egg freezing, women have the opportunity to delay pregnancy until later in life without worrying about the quality of their eggs.
Who Should Consider Egg Freezing?
- Career-oriented women who wish to delay motherhood to a later date
- Young women who require chemotherapy or radiotherapy due to cancer diagnosis
- Women who need to have their ovaries removed due to the risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
- Couples who consider egg freezing as a moral/ethical dilemma
- Women with a family history of premature ovarian failure
Sperm Freezing (Sperm banking)
Sperm freezing is a procedure used to store and preserve sperm. When stored properly, sperm can remain viable indefinitely until needed for assisted reproductive procedures such as In vitro fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), Intrauterine insemination (IUI) or Sperm donation.
Who Should Consider Sperm Freezing?:
- Men with risk of reduced fertility due to cancer or other health conditions
- Men who want to undergo vasectomy
- Men interested in future fertility and want to preserve sperm when they are more potent.
- Men who want to donate sperm to infertile couples.
After a cycle of IVF or ICSI, there are a number of successfully fertilised embryos which can be frozen and stored for future use. These frozen embryos give the woman another chance at getting pregnant without having to go through the egg collection process. This is also at a much-reduced cost.
Why is embryos cryopreservation considered?
- To prevent waste of viable spare embryos thereby maximizing the potential for conception via IVF.
- To reduce risks of developing severe OHSS following ovarian stimulation for IVF.
- To cater for the presence of severe cervical stenosis which may lead to difficulty in fresh embryo transfer.
- In egg donor programs, when sometimes it is not possible to synchronize the recipient’s cycle with that of the egg donor. The eggs can be fertilized and the resultant embryos stored for future use.
- For couples who wish to donate embryos to infertile couples.
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