Fertility Preservation


Fertility Preservation

Gonadal Tissue Cryopreservation is a revolutionary method in the field of Assisted Reproduction and aims at the preservation of the reproductive ability and the possibility to use it in the future.

IVF Athens Center is proud that in 2008 gave birth to the first child in Greece following the vitrification method and since then has performed thousands of embryo transfers in cycles after cryo-preservation and thawing of blastocysts. Success rates are consistently high and corresponding to the international ones!

Gonadal Tissue Cryopreservation method is applied in the following cases:

For the man:

  • Cases of necessary submission to chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Oligoasthenospermia
  • Sperm motility absence
  • Diagnosed reduced reproductive ability
  • Erection and ejaculation problems

For the woman:

  • Preservation of the reproductiveability for a later age
  • Cases of necessary submission to chemotherapy or radiotherapy

For the couple

Preservation of supernumerary embryos created during an IVF cycle and / or pre-implantation diagnosis in various stages of development either by gradual or by rapid cryopreservation (vitrification)


Frequently Asked Questions about


What is Cryopreservation?

Egg freezing and sperm freezing are an innovative and safe technique to maintain fertility. It offers the woman as well as the man not only the autonomy to do family planning in a future time with a fertility potential they would have at a younger age but also a method of safeguarding fertility when medical reasons (e.g. chemotherapy, surgical procedure) render it a necessity.

How is Cryopreservation of ova done?

The process that is followed is that of a “traditional” IVF, with a protocol adjusted to the woman’s medical history and hormonal profile, which means hormonal ovarian stimulation, ultrasound monitoring of the egg follicle size and finally, a simple invasive technique (egg harvesting), suctioning of the ova and their subsequent freezing.

At what age can I proceed to Ova Cryopreservation?

The age factor in any process of Medically Assisted Reproduction, from a medical perspective, is of crucial importance. The more advanced a woman’s age is, the fewer the supplies of ova in her ovaries are and the higher the production of poor quality ova. Although it is not common to generalize that the above processes happen at the same rate or gravity in every woman, it is widely accepted that the most suitable age for Cryopreservation is until the age of 35.

What should I be careful of, regarding the Cryopreservation process?

A woman who wishes to safeguard her fertility should pay special attention to the following:

Α. An individualized/personalised minimal stimulation protocol.
Β. A Registered Centre of Reproductive Medicine that will guarantee the preservation of the “valuable” ova.
C. A suitable Supply and Technological Infrastructure as well as staff experience in the embryological laboratory.
D. Finally, a trustworthy and efficient relationship of the woman with the doctor and the staff of the Centre will prove valuable so as to facilitate the process smoothly and without anxiety.

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