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Our clients often ask, how long can I store my embryos? We say, indefinitely. And we continue to see healthy babies born from embryos that have been in storage for longer and longer! There is no maximum number of years an embryo can stay in storage and still be viable. Meaning that someone can store their embryos as long as they wish. The first successful birth from a frozen embryo was in 1978 and since then there have been many successful births from frozen embryos. Beginning in the 1980s, embryo freezing has become a common practice among clinicians. Currently, the [Read More...]
11/03/2021/Source: UMPC -Kien Tran a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This summary is written by Tran participating in the Science writing mentorship. When a child has cancer, their parents are rightfully focused on a cure. But that cure can come at a future cost: infertility. I am a Ph.D. candidate working in Dr. Kyle Orwig’s lab at the Magee-Womens Research Institute, which focuses on reproductive biology. In my research, I have learned that patients and their guardians are willing to pursue an experimental fertility preservation procedure when no alternatives are available. Sperm freezing is not possible for [Read More...]
Baby born from 27-year-old embryo believed to have broken record set by her big sister 12/01/2020/ Source: CNN – Though Molly Gibson is just over one month old, she could've been born at any point in the last 27 years. Her embryo was frozen in October 1992 and stayed frozen until earlier this year in February, when Tina and Ben Gibson of Tennessee adopted her embryo. Tina gave birth to Molly in late October -- nearly 27 years after her embryo was first frozen. Molly's birth is believed to have set a new record -- one previously held by her [Read More...]
ReproTech, Ltd. Presents Study on Important Considerations for Safe Cryogenic Shipping PRESS RELEASE: St. Paul, MN, October 29, 2020 --(PR.com)-- ReproTech, Ltd. was honored to present an oral abstract at the virtual American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2020 Scientific Congress and Expo that resulted from a study designed by authors, W. Brent Hazelrigg, President and CEO; and Amy Erickson Hagen, Vice President of Quality Assurance and Special Projects. Cryogenic shipping containers (cryoshippers) are used every day to safely transport reproductive tissue specimens between clinics and storage facilities. Within the walls of a cryoshipper, absorbent material holds liquid nitrogen to [Read More...]
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.
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...]
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%. The aftermath of all these injuries from both [Read More...]
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...]
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...]