Social and ethical implications of fertility preservation

We now have the ability to store sperm, oocytes, embryos, and testicular and ovarian tissue in the frozen state for future use with varying degrees of success. Although sperm cryopreservation has been available for well over 60 years, other technologies have only recently been developed and are still being refined. These technological advances have raised multiple questions and issues as to when and how such technologies should be used. The initial intent was to utilize these tissues for individuals who had somehow lost their ability to reproduce.

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Authors

Robert W. Rebar, M.D.

Volume 105, Issue 6, Pages 1449-1451

Abstract

We now have the ability to store sperm, oocytes, embryos, and testicular and ovarian tissue in the frozen state for future use with varying degrees of success. Although sperm cryopreservation has been available for well over 60 years, other technologies have only recently been developed and are still being refined. These technological advances have raised multiple questions and issues as to when and how such technologies should be used. The initial intent was to utilize these tissues for individuals who had somehow lost their ability to reproduce.

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