Determining the Fate of Frozen Embryos

SOURCE:  by Paul Ford, www.elle.com March 24, 2014 - When my wife and I did in vitro fertilization, the doctor put two blastocysts in her because that bettered the odds that one would take. He handed my wife a picture, two lumpy circles in black-and-white on slippery thermal paper. They looked like rice cakes. Blastocysts are early embryos. These had been fertilized five days prior -- which, because we'd actually fertilized four of them, left two embryos for later. So in one of the surprises of my married life, my wife and I became custodians of about 200 cells that [Read More...]

Delaying Pregnancy Becomes New Normal

May 9, 2014 - NBC news On the NBC news segment titled, "Delaying Pregnancy Becomes New Normal", anchor Brian Williams said, "Women are waiting longer to have children if they can afford to" and cited that in the last decade, there's been a 35% increase among women, ages 40-44, having children for the first time and up 900% over the last 4 decades in women over 35 having their first child. With the American Society For Reproductive Medicine's lift of the "experimental" label on egg freezing last year, it is evident that a growing number of women are freezing their [Read More...]

 Sperm banking rates increase with counseling for cancer patients

 May 28, 2015 - Article courtesy of http://www.satprnews.com 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 American Urological Association (AUA). The research was highlighted by study authors during a special press conference. Tobias S. Kohler, MD, MPH, FACS, associate professor of Surgery at Southern Illinois University moderated the session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on May 17, 2015. Chemotherapy can cause infertility in men, affect his quality and [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

ReproTech appoints Medical Advisory Committee member

August 13, 2015 - ReproTech, Ltd., the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), announces the appointment of Gina Davis, M.S., L.C.G.C., as a member of its Medical Advisory Committee. Ms. Davis is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor, who specializes in the field of reproductive medicine. ReproTech's Medical Advisory Committee is comprised of distinguished experts who represent a comprehensive range of experience and knowledge in the Reproductive Science and Fertility industries. The mission of the Committee is to ensure that ReproTech adheres to the highest standards and protocols as it [Read More...]

Preserving The Fertility Of Young Chemo Patients

Listen Listening... 0:00 / 4:39 Six-year-old Mylah Bryant has a blood disease (aplastic anemia) that required chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Not only did doctors discuss making her well, they asked her parents if they wanted to preserve tissue so she could reproduce years later without the damaging effects of chemotherapy. It was a lot to think about, according to Mylah's dad Matthew, but because his daughter jokingly said "she wanted 1,000 children," he knew being a mother was important to her. This decision was on top of other decisions he and his [Read More...]

Child cancer patient in Kansas City freezes ovarian tissue

Source:  www.cjonline.com February 10, 2017 - At 8 years old and with leukemia, Jhayliegh Rosales is years away from thinking about having her first baby. When the ebullient second-grader checked into Children’s Mercy Hospital recently in preparation for a bone marrow transplant, she’d placed a pink cap over where her brown hair used to be. In brave declaration of her future, she wore a T-shirt printed with “WATCH ME WIN” as she rolled through the hospital’s halls, balancing inside a new pair of silver high-top sneakers embedded with wheels like roller skates. “She just got those,” said her father Daniel [Read More...]

Facing a cancer diagnosis: empowering parents to speak with adolescents about sperm banking

December, 2017 - Article courtesy of Fertility & Sterility, Vol. 108, Issue 6, Pages 957-958 Both pediatric oncologists and reproductive urologists sharea joint responsibility to educate, treat, and advocate for maleadolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients whorequire gonadotoxic therapy. The importance of fertilitypreservation coincides with the ever-growing number ofpediatric cancer survivors, because most children now survivetheir malignancy into adulthood and ultimately desirefamily building. Unfortunately, the risk of infertility inthis population is remarkably high. Green et al. reviewed the Childhood Cancer Survival Study cohort, ultimatelyincluding 6,224 men in their final analysis (1). Comparedwith healthy siblings, pediatric cancer survivors wereroughly one-half [Read More...]

 ReproTech Collaborates with Fertility Preservation Trust

ReproTech, Ltd., the industry leader in safe storage of cryopreserved reproductive tissue, and Fertility Preservation Trust, a venture of Ashley W. Pittman, PLLC, have come together to offer the opportunity to create a special trust to reflect unique disposition wishes for families’ frozen reproductive tissues. Fertility Preservation Trust, a recent addition to ReproTech services, connects reproductive tissue storage clients, including cancer patients storing for the purpose of fertility preservation, with Ashely W. Pittman, PLLC, founder of The Fertility Preservation Trust. As the leader in long term storage, ReproTech is offering this latest innovation in cryostorage planning. The Fertility Preservation Trust [Read More...]

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