The Family Beginnings Laboratory offers cryopreservation of embryos, sperm and eggs.
Family Beginnings offers embryo cryopreservation to patients going through IVF. Generally, patients make more embryos than are recommended to be transferred during an IVF cycle. The remaining embryos are frozen through a process called “vitrification”, which is a way to instantly freeze embryos. Another reason for freezing embryos is if there are endometrial receptivity concerns. The embryos can be thawed at a later time when the uterine lining is ready. When vitrifying, embryos are moved through a series of cryoprotectants, then they are loaded onto a straw and submerged in liquid nitrogen (-196° C) and stored on-site in our lab. Whenever embryos are frozen, they are collapsed with the laser first. This is a form of Assisted Hatching.
Our IVF laboratory has been successfully using the most advanced techniques of cryopreservation for over a decade, and we feel that we can help even more patients with oocyte cryopreservation.
Indications for oocyte cryopreservation per ASRM: