Cryopreservation | Egg, Sperm and Embryo Freezing

Published: Oct 25, 2020 | Updated: May 6, 2021

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Cryopreservation | Egg, Sperm and Embryo Freezing

Egg, Sperm or Embryo freezing is a process called Cryopreservation or Cryoconservation.

What happens is that eggs, sperm or embryos are cooled down to very low temperatures, somewhere between minus 80°and minus196°C, and afterwards stored in so-called sperm banks, egg banks or embryo banks.

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At the aforementioned low temperatures all biological activities in the cells are stopped. The idea is to be able to use those eggs, sperm or embryos at a later moment.

Use may be by the donors themselves, by others who get eggs, sperm or embryos donated, or by gestational carriers (surrogate mothers).

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