Fertility preservation can be described as the act of collecting one’s sperm, eggs, embryos, or ovarian tissue, to be processed and frozen for future use. Once collected and processed, your reproductive cells will remain at a fertility preservation storage facility until you want to use them in the future.
Why it matters:
You never know where life is going to take you. Choosing to freeze your future fertility helps alleviate certain stressors that can result from this uncertainty. We know the concept can be confusing and or feel overwhelming. The simplest way to think of it is planning ahead for your chances of having a biological child in the future. No matter where life leads you.
Why should I trust RDI?
Because we care. We want you to know we support you, and you are in good hands. We have been working in the fertility preservation field for close to 40 years. Along with our electronic inventory system, we have proven policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of your sample(s). Our tanks are on alarms to alert us of any issues. The liquid nitrogen levels are checked regularly and refilled weekly. We even have an onsite liquid nitrogen dispensing system and backup tanks available in the event of an emergency.
How does this process work?
The answer is different for each type of cryopreservation. please visit our services page to find out more about how this works
What if I want to use my sperm, eggs, embryos, or ovarian tissue?
We suggest following these 3 steps.
- Contact a physician who specializes in fertility, such as an OB-GYN, Urologist, or Reproductive Endocrinologist.
- Your physician will counsel you on which ART procedure will work best for you. Terms you are most likely to hear are IUI (intrauterine insemination), IVF (in vitro fertilization), and IVF with ICSI.
- Once you and your physician determine how to proceed, contact us and we will collaborate with you and your physician’s office to provide you with your sample.
What if I don’t need my sperm, eggs, embryos, or ovarian tissue?
When you decide you no longer want to keep your reproductive tissue in storage you can contact us and we will help walk you through the next steps.
Here are a few examples of why fertility preservation may be a good option for you:
- Cancer and other Medical Care
- Gender Affirming Care
- Military Personnel and Extended Travel
- Goals vs. Time
Cancer or Other Medical Care
Chances are the idea of becoming a parent might not be something you have given much thought to, and that is okay. Reproductive Diagnostics believes it is important to inform you of the fact that many medical treatments can negatively impact your body’s ability to produce reproductive tissue post-treatment. If you should choose to freeze your sperm, eggs, embryos, or ovarian tissue now, you are securing your chance of having a genetic child in the future.
Gender Affirming Care
Did you know that some forms of gender-affirming hormone therapy or gender-affirming surgical care can wipe out your body’s ability to produce sperm, eggs, embryos, or ovarian tissue? By deciding to freeze your reproductive tissue before undergoing treatment, you are providing yourself the chance to have a genetic child in the future. If you choose to venture down the path to genetic parenthood your frozen sample(s) will be available to you.
Military Personnel and Extended Travel
Your dedication to protect and serve does not have to impact your choice to start a family. Being deployed is encompassed by uncertainty. If you have a partner at home you shouldn’t have to wait till you return to start down your path to parenthood. Choosing to sperm, eggs, embryos or ovarian tissue before your journey can help provide you with that flexibility.
The same can be said for any professional or lifestyle choice that may take you away from your partner for an extended period of time.
Goals vs. Time
We’ve all heard the phrase “Your biological clock is ticking”. That saying alone can cause stress and anxiety. Life used to be about checking off the “boxes”; college, job, marriage, baby. We are aware that path is not essential to all individuals. You don’t have to follow that trajectory. The proverbial “clock” shouldn’t prevent you from living the life you want to live. If you are interested in preserving your future fertility, we can help.