If you’re a candidate for in vitro fertilization to overcome infertility, you may also be considering your options for preserving excess embryos you create. Conceive Fertility Center in Irving, Texas, offers on-site cryopreservation technologies to carefully save viable embryos and protect them for future use. Find out more about the benefits of cryopreservation of embryos by scheduling a consultation at Conceive Fertility Center today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.
Cryopreservation of embryos involves the cooling of tissue and cells to sub-zero temperatures to preserve embryos for future use.
Conceive Fertility Center uses specialized freezing technology to stop all biological activity. This allows embryos to be used in future for in vitro fertilization procedures when you’re ready to have more children.
There are many reasons you and your partner may wish to preserve embryos through cryopreservation. For many, the additional embryos are a viable resource for achieving a pregnancy if your initial in vitro fertilization procedure fails.
Other common reasons for cryopreservation of embryos include:
You can expect to discuss your reasons for cryopreservation of your embryos with Conceive Fertility Center during your consultation to determine if this option is right for you.
Embryo cryopreservation requires highly specialized freezing technology that stops the biological process of an embryo without damaging the structure of the cells.
To protect from cell damage, the procedure relies on special fluids, known as cryoprotective agents, which prevent ice crystals from forming on cellular walls. There are two primary methods for cryopreservation of embryos.
In the slow-freezing method, the embryos are frozen in stages, using technology that gradually lowers the temperature surrounding the tissue.
In vitrification, the technology rapidly freezes the embryos and requires higher strength cryoprotective fluids to prevent cell damage.
Following either procedure, the embryos are safely preserved long-term in liquid nitrogen, which prevents ice from forming and damaging the embryo’s structure.
At a later time, when the embryo is needed for in vitro fertilization, it’s slowly thawed and soaked in fluids to remove the protective agents. The specialized thawing process also ensures the water balance in the embryonic cells is properly balanced, and the embryos are ready for genetic screenings and transfer to the uterus.
If you’re interested in cryopreservation of embryos, contact Conceive Fertility Center today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.