Fertility Preservation: How it Works


The world of fertility treatments is expanding each day with Fertility Preservation procedures becoming more and more popular.  This allows women to have biological children in the future, even if they are not at their most fertile age. Fertility Preservation is a way for men and women to freeze their sperm, eggs or embryos for future use. Patients facing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer or those with ovarian cysts, lupus or a family history of early menopause may also benefit from fertility preservation. Eggs, sperm, and resulting embryos may all be frozen and stored for prolonged periods until future use in IVF cycles. They are frozen using liquid nitrogen and stored in special facilities. Once the patient is ready to start a family of their own, the preserved samples are thawed and prepared for use in IVF cycles.

The egg is the largest cell in the human body and contains a large amount of water. For this reason, the technology to freeze eggs has taken some time to develop.  When the egg is frozen, the ice crystals that form can destroy the integrity of the cell. In recent years, a new flash-freezing process known as Vitrification has been developed. This technique has proven to be superior to earlier methods used and, currently, pregnancy rates from cryopreserved oocytes are very good. Cryopreservation of sperm, eggs, and embryos is a low-risk producer.

In the fall of 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) released an updated report about oocyte cryopreservation. According to the chair of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology Practice Committee, “Oocyte Cryopreservation is an exciting and improving technology, and should no longer be considered experimental. Pregnancy rates and health outcomes of the resulting children are now comparable to those of IVF with fresh eggs.”

Neway Fertility is committed to providing the most innovative and personal care possible to help patients achieve their goals of starting a family. Their mission is to provide top-quality medicine that is centered on compassion and individualized attention. For more information please visit their website: www.ch.newayfertility.com.


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