Have you ever wondered how Cryobanks, Sperm/Egg/Embryo Storage Centers, and Fertility Clinics can store cells that can live for 30+ years? Cryopreservation is the answer, and we want to inform you how we do this.
We use Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) to preserve human cells and tissues in suspended animation at cryogenic temperatures. Liquid Nitrogen is very cold; it is -196 degrees Celsius, or for people in the US, it translates to -321 degrees Fahrenheit. Liquid Nitrogen boils at room temperature, so we must be careful to keep it cold so that it does not boil and get too warm, allowing the cells to thaw out. With the help of freezing media and a proper technique, it will protect the cells from ice crystals, exploding and shrinking.
Doing this results in a preserved cell with an indefinite shelf-life. Once correctly thawed, the cells can resume back to their initial state. Cryopreservation allows people to utilize sperm/eggs/oocytes for future use if they become infertile, which can help many people!
If you would like more information about preserving your ability to conceive in the future, please visit our Directed Donor or Personal Sperm Banking pages, or contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 817-945-8708