Because of the progressive speed of developing the innovations in the assisted reproductive technology (ART), freezing of embryos and gametes is not a complicate procedure as several years before. In these days, using vitrification (ultra rapid freezing) technique*, it is a question of seconds and minutes to do cryobanking, instead waiting hours with slow cooling protocols (during the slow freezing process, the formation of intracellular and extra-cellular ice crystals is common and can cause irreversible cell damage).
Vitrification is a routine procedure at Dr. Shterev Hospital IVF laboratory and gives a chance to those couples, who have spare embryos after their fresh in vitro cycle (IVF), to undergo several subsequent embryo tranfers in appropriate time without ovarian stimulation, stress or expenses.
The following is a list (A-Z) of cryopreservation procedures we offer routinly at Dr. Shterev Hospital Assisted Reproduction Unit:
- Embryo Freezing
- Egg (Oocyte) Freezing
- Sperm Freezing
*Vitrification is the solidification of a solution at low temperature without ice crystal formation, a process achieved by a combination of a high concentration of cryoprotectant and an extremely high cooling rate.