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Egg Freezing as an Option for Women with Endometriosis to Achieve Pregnancy

April 2020: A study by Ana Cobo, PhD, et al, published in Fertility and Sterility, found that for some women with endometriosis, early fertility preservation, including egg freezing, can be a helpful treatment option to achieve future pregnancy. The study included 485 women with endometriosis who froze their oocytes for future use. The study concluded saying that the findings “may be helpful for counseling purposes. Fertility preservation offers a valid treatment option to clinicians and their patients with endometriosis to help them increase their reproductive chances in the future." Read the full article.

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A Study on Patient Contact Protocol

The disposition of embryos and continued contact with the patient is a significant issue within the embryo storage community. Recently a study was published in the Journal of Fertilization: In Vitro, IVF Worldwide, Reproductive Medicine, Genetics & Stem Cell Biology, which focused on one program’s experience with contacting patients about embryos in storage. The goal of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of one program’s disposition protocol. This policy begins at the initiation of the first cycle and includes verbal and written consent with the knowledge that they will be contacted annually and are to make a decision within [Read More...]

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War and Male Genital Trauma – Experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan

March 12, 2012, from the Male Reproductive Health Alliance - Steve Waxman, M.D., J.D. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade have resulted in over 50,000 United States combat related injuries. Genitourinary (GU) trauma accounted for roughly one in twenty of all these injuries. The vast majority of these injuries were puncturing (penetrating) in nature and most were as a result of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). A breakdown of the genito-urinary injuries to the external genitalia was as follows: scrotum in 29%, testis in 9%, and penis in 14%.[1] The aftermath of all these injuries from both [Read More...]

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Fertility Preservation Network Collaborates with National Disease Research Interchange

ReproTech, Ltd. has agreed to facilitate collaboration between fertility and cancer centers within its network of facilities and the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), to provide surgical tissue for use in studies to understand human disease.   Staff at participating medical facilities will be provided with NDRI information and consent forms to distribute to their patients who are interested in donating tissues recovered from surgeries that would otherwise be discarded. These patients, through NDRI's Private Donor Program, will have the opportunity to register as tissue donors for medical research. NDRI will work to maximize all researchers' access and opportunity to [Read More...]

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Reproductive Tissue Storage Facility Offers Category 5 Hurricane Safe Room

Cryostorage facility offers peace of mind to its clients in hurricane-prone areas May 25, 2012 - ReproTech, Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos, and ovarian and testicular tissue), relocated its Florida cryostorage facility and added an EF-5 Tornado Safe Room in preparation for the upcoming Hurricane Season. The Safe Room, designed by structural engineers, is manufactured by F-5 Storm Shelters & Safe Rooms. A Category 5 Hurricane Safe Room can sustain winds greater than 155 mile per hour. F-5's Safe Room is designed and certified to withstand 330 mile per hour [Read More...]

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World Record Shattered

August 24, 2012 - World Record for Birth through Cryopreserved Sperm is Broken As a world record is broken, hope comes alive.   Late in August, twin girls were born to a couple who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy. On the surface, this may look like just another of the increasingly common success stories for the IVF industry. But this story has its own unique twist that makes it different from every other IVF pregnancy—the sperm used to fertilize the egg was frozen over 40 years ago, shattering the existing record of 28 years for a successful [Read More...]

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ReproTech Earns AATB Accreditations

November 27, 2012 - ReproTech, Ltd.'s established three facilities have again been awarded the prestigious accreditation of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), it was announced today by Russell Bierbaum, President. AATB accreditation follows an intensive nine-month process, and ensures that the processed tissue is of high quality and that tissue banking activities are performed in a professional manner consistent with or exceeding the AATB's Standards. Tissue banks also undergo an independent review of their standard operating procedures (SOPs) and an on-site inspection of their facilities and operations. AATB inspectors examine tissue banks for compliance with all aspects of [Read More...]

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41 Years Ago, A Sperm Donation. Today, Twins.

May 2, 2013 - World Record for Birth through Cryopreserved Sperm is Broken As a world record is broken, hope comes alive.   Late in August, twin girls were born to a couple who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy. On the surface, this may look like just another of the increasingly common success stories for the IVF industry. But this story has its own unique twist that makes it different from every other IVF pregnancy—the sperm used to fertilize the egg was frozen over 40 years ago, shattering the existing record of 28 years for a successful [Read More...]

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NASA Scientist Gives Birth Using Embryos Frozen for Nearly 19 Years

Source:  Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kelly Burke – a 45-year-old NASA research scientist – looks upon her babbling baby and ponders the unique reality that his biological siblings, created from the same embryo cycle and born to another family 2,500 miles away, will be of voting age at the time of his first birthday this November. This story could, possibly, only be conceived by a rocket scientist. Kelly gave birth to Liam James using what her doctor believes to be the second oldest cryopreserved human embryo in history. [Read More...]