What Is Cryo-shipping
Cryo-shipping refers to the safe transportation of cryopreserved materials. For example, people on a surrogacy journey might sometimes find themselves in situations that require them to move their sperm, eggs or embryos from one place to another. These materials are cryo-preserved/cryo-conserved by cooling to very low temperatures of about −80 °C using solid carbon dioxide or −196 °C using liquid nitrogen. Cryo-preservation helps to stop the enzymatic or chemical activity which might cause damage to your sperm, eggs or embryos.
Your fertility consultant can help you find a reputable courier specializing in cryo-shipping.
When Is Cryo-shipping A Good Idea?
There are many reasons for which you can find it necessary to cryo-ship your sperm, eggs, or embryos.
Cryo-shipping may be a good idea if:
- You want to try another IVF clinic after multiple failed IVF cycles at one clinic.
- Moving your sperm, eggs or embryos to another location will save you substantial money.
- Your gestational surrogate is unable to travel to your preferred IVF clinic for reasons such as fear of flights, work or family commitments, among others.
- Your egg donor is unable to travel to your preferred IVF clinic. The eggs can be retrieved at a clinic near her and then cryo-shipped to your fertility clinic.
- Your storage time limitation has expired at your current storage facility. It would be a good idea to move them to another facility.
- If you are shifting to another country or place and wish to have your sperm, eggs, or embryos moved to a place of your convenience.
If you wish to move your sperm, eggs or embryos during your surrogacy journey, talk to Fertility Match to help you find a reputable courier specializing in cryo-shipping.