Cryopreservation is something which nowadays many couples, who are planning to start their families but later in life, are opting for.
To elaborate, Cryopreservation is a technique in which couples can freeze their healthy oocytes, sperm cells, and embryos for future use. Fertility clinics freeze them at sub-zero temperatures to preserve them and use according to the needs.
This is a kind of assisted reproductive technology, where the frozen eggs or sperm cells are thawed and fertilized according to the need of the couples, the embryo is then transferred to the woman’s uterus to promote successful pregnancy.
Wish to find out why couples are opting for this procedure? Here’s what the experts at Pahlajani’s IVF have to say –
We have an idea of what Cryopreservation is. Now, let us find out what is the process of this technique.
Process of Cryopreservation
As known now, Cryopreservation is the freezing of live and healthy cells for further use. Freezing cells is a tedious and high-risk task. The water content present in the cells may crystalize and damage the cells thus it is a very delicate process and is done by competent professionals.
Cryopreservation comes as a boon to many as it helps to secure and preserve the cells without causing any damage. In this process, a substance known as a cryoprotectant is used to replace the water content.
Cryoprotectants when inserted in the cells, the embryologists leave them to help the cells remove excess water and then fertilize to form an embryo. Further, when water is removed, the experts freeze the embryo till it attains its preservation state. To freeze, the experts usually opt for two basic methods including the conventional slow freezing (SF) and the rapid freezing method, i.e. vitrification (Vit). These protocols apply different cooling rates.
Cryopreservation of Oocytes
Freezing eggs can benefit women in multiple ways. Specifically, if a woman is diagnosed with any medical condition that may hinder her fertility in the future, or a woman who wishes to delay her childbearing. Some women also freeze oocytes for donation or research purposes. Experts at Pahlajani’s IVF state that frozen oocytes at early 20s or 30s are more useful than fresh ones at 40s.
Cryopreservation of Sperm
Men with infertility issues like poor or low sperm count or who wish to save their samples before beginning treatments like cancer, etc. go for cryopreservation of sperm cells.
Cryopreservation of Embryos
Couple who are interested in starting a family but in the future (and are unsure of fertility quality) go for preserving embryos. Also, if a woman chooses to store her eggs (unfertilized) and further fertilize them using donor sperm may also go for this procedure.
Embryos are formed after a successful IVF procedure where eggs and sperm cells are fertilized together.
What are the Advantages of Cryopreservation
There are multiple benefits of Cryopreservation owing to which, couples are opting for this process rapidly. A few of them are mentioned below -
Postponed Pregnancy – Having saved the healthy eggs at a fertile age helps women to conceive without worries even after the age of 40s.
Preimplantation Genetic Testing- Worried about passing genetic disorders to their offspring can call for cryopreservation. Screening is done where embryos that are free from any disorders are chosen to be frozen.
Multiple Chances for Pregnancy – During IVF process, if one frozen embryo fails to give positive results, any remaining unused frozen embryos may be leveraged to provide successful pregnancy.
Tenure of storing cells
How long can one preserve eggs/sperm cells/embryo, is one of the common questions. There is a limit of ten years for storing these cells, although this period may be exceeded in certain circumstances.
How can Pahlajani’s IVF Help
With the growing demand for cryopreservation of cells and tissues over the years, Pahlajani’s IVF, one of the best IVF hospitals in Chhattisgarh, takes the opportunity to introduce this technique to more and more people.
Pahlajani’s IVF boasts a wonderful team of experienced embryologists, infertility experts, gynaecologists, and other medical experts. Followed by a few tests, the experts will assist the woman/man or a couple throughout the session.
Cryopreservation has emerged as a promising procedure for fertility maintenance and assisted reproduction techniques (ART). The team at Pahlajani’s IVF takes responsibility to let the applicants understand the entire procedure of cryopreservation, its success rates, and risks if any.
To know more about this procedure and the benefits it provides, kindly connect with Pahlajani’s IVF team.