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Industry’s Growth Leads to Leftover Embryos, and Painful Choices
For patients with low fertility, embryo donations and IVF centers provide the hope of still having a family one day despite less-than-ideal circumstances. As recently reported in the New York Times article, Unused Embryos Pose Difficult Issue: What to Do With Them, these services continue to rapidly grow in popularity. In fact, IVF procedures now account for more than 1.5% of all births in the United States. Once an embryo is created, it may take one or several procedures to achieve pregnancy. But what happens with the unused embryos once the ultimate goal is achieved?
This has been an issue facing IVF center patients for years and what is most prominently discussed in the New York Times Article. Many patients opt to continue freezing their embryos for future pregnancies, or they donate them to other families that desire to have children but are facing fertility issues of their own. Others choose to dispose of the embryos, or let the IVF or freezing center make the decision for them. There are a multitude of options for unused embryos, but in many cases, all patients need is time to decide what is best for them.
For patients facing this decision, ReproTech is ready to help determine the best embryo storage plan, whether it’s for one year or decades. IVF centers are generally much costlier than long-term storage facilities and are not equipped to handle long-term storage because of their focus on other services. At ReproTech, storage is all we do, and we’ve been the industry leader in long-term reproductive tissue storage for 25 years. We offer safe, cost effective long-term storage so patients can take the time to make the right decision for them.
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Sperm banking rates increase with counseling for cancer patients
May 28, 2015 - Article courtesy of
New Orleans - Fertility counseling for men with cancer, prior to initiating treatment, can increase the rate of sperm preservation, according to a new survey presented during the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the
Chemotherapy can cause infertility in men, affect his quality and number of sperm produced and can be temporary or permanent. If it is temporary, men will become fertile again once they have finished treatment, but may vary by person. However; despite the understanding that chemotherapy can lead to permanent infertility, many clinicians fail to incorporate fertility preservation for cancer patients prior to treatment. With this in mind, researchers at Brown University, Providence, RI, compared the likelihood of newly-diagnosed cancer patients preserving their sperm after receiving a formalized fertility counseling session versus those who did not.
Evaluating a single institution, researchers conducted a retrospective chart review of 411 men, with an average age of 42.3, with newly-diagnosed cancer, from 1998 – 2003, prior to the start of their chemotherapy treatment. The study found a significant increase in sperm banking rates among patients who received fertility counseling as part of a standardized nursing education program, compared to those who did not. Furthermore, after the initiation of counseling, the odds of sperm banking increased 2.9 times for those who received counseling. Also important to note, the odds of sperm banking among these patients were increased 3.8 times for those who did not have children.
Further research showed: "These findings shed light on one of the many important roles counseling plays for newly-diagnosed cancer patients," explained Dr. Kohler. "Often fertility preservation is the last thing on a patient's mind when diagnosed with cancer, so it's particularly important to implement counseling and education services prior to the initiation of treatment."
Publication Number: PD52-11
Sperm recognized as property in B.C. case; donors win $6.2M settlement
May 20, 2015 - Article courtesy of
Vancouver - The University of B.C. has agreed to compensate hundreds of cancer victims whose sperm was inadvertently destroyed, in a settlement that recognizes for the first time sperm as property. The $6.2-million settlement was reached by both sides in April after years of wrangling in B.C. courts. Sandy Kovacs, lawyer for the donors, hailed the settlement. It provides fair compensation for men who have suffered the loss of ability to have children of their own," said Kovacs on Tuesday.
University of Minnesota to close fertility clinic
May 5, 2015 - A pioneering fertility clinic at the University of Minnesota has recently announced its decision to close it’s practice on June 30, 2015. The clinic, the first in Minnesota to provide in vitro fertilization, reached this decision after learning that three of their physicians would be leaving to join the growing number of private IVF practices in the state.Read more...
Fertility Preservation Network Welcomes Mid-Iowa Fertility
March 13, 2015 - ReproTech, Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), has reached an agreement with Mid-Iowa Fertility.Read more...
ReproTech Announces Partnership with Fertility Within Reach to Offer Financial Assistance
March 2, 2015 - Program extends access to Fertility Preservation services by offering financial assistance.Read more...