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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.
August 5, 2015 - Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists, in Raleigh, NC, has joined the more than 100 facilities included in ReproTech's Fertility Preservation Network.
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.
To read the New York Times article, click here.
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 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.
May 20, 2015 - Article courtesy of http://www.nationalpost.com.
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.
About 400 men, mostly cancer patients who wanted their sperm preserved for future procreation before undergoing radiation treatment, stored samples with the UBC Andrology Lab for a fee. In 2002, the freezer had a power interruption, which damaged or destroyed the samples.
The long-running class action suit was first filed nearly 12 years ago, but B.C. Supreme Court denied certification. The plaintiffs appealed and in 2011 the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned the decision and certified the suit.
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.
July 2, 2014 - At home semen collection kits discounted through LIVESTRONG greatly extend access to Fertility Preservation services
June 27, 2014 - ReproTech recently exhibited at two national oncology conferences.
ReproTech Ltd., to build wildfire and earthquake-resistant storage room in new Nevada location.
ReproTech Ltd. has taken another step in ensuring safe storage options for clients’ reproductive specimens. This fall, doors will open on a new facility in Nevada that will contain a storage room that is both wildfire and earthquake-resistant. This location will be the third facility built by ReproTech that provides such a high level of protection against natural disasters. ReproTech remains the only organization that offers this kind of security for clients looking to utilize reproductive tissue storage.