What Is Ovarian Tissue Storage?
Ovarian tissue storage is the storage of ovarian tissue, often prior to cancer treatments, in hopes of extracting viable eggs from the tissue sample for future fertilization. This process is still considered experimental, however, advancements in medicine have made this procedure more common in the past several years. The tissue is removed typically through laparoscopy and cryopreserved until the patient is ready and wanting to start a family. At that time, the tissue is re-transplanted and the woman is given hormone treatments to stimulate ovulation, either for natural birth or IVF.
Who Uses Ovarian Tissue Storage and Why?
The Long-term Ovarian Tissue Storage Experts
How Do I Get Started With Ovarian Tissue Storage?
Ovarian tissue storage appointments are available for scheduling within one to three days of your initial call. While it is advantageous for patients to bank all frozen ovarian tissue specimens prior to beginning cancer treatment therapies that can result in infertility, recent studies have shown that viable samples can be collected in the early stages of some treatments. To begin the process of freezing ovarian tissue, please visit our Network of Freezing Centers to find an Ovarian Tissue Freezing Center near you.
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The Future Of Ovarian Tissue Storage
ReproTech is also working with the National Physicians Cooperative of the Oncofertility Consortium, a multi-site NIH grant funded study looking at new options for ovarian tissue cryopreservation and use. ReproTech provides the cryostorage services for this ground breaking research. Cancer patients who are participants in the ovarian tissue program will have an ovary surgically removed and cryopreserved before they begin treatment. Twenty percent of the ovarian tissue will be used for research and eighty percent for the woman to use in the future.