Cryopreservation Program

Cryopreservation Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center's Cryopreservation Program offers the latest assisted reproductive technology (ART), including cryopreservation, in a highly individual, private setting.

Overview

The Cryopreservation Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center offers leading-edge technology in oocyte cryopreservation (egg banking) for fertility preservation. This procedure has been developed at Mass General by a highly specialized multidisciplinary cryobiology team of physicians, embryologists and cryobiologists. In addition, embryo cryopreservation, including blastocyst freezing and embryo banking, is provided.

During cryopreservation, cells—such as eggs, sperm or human embryos—are cooled to low sub-zero temperatures (typically 77 K or −196°C) to obtain suspended animation. The cryopreservation of sperm and embryos has been offered for decades. However, cryopreservation of the human egg is a recent development, and novel research at Mass General continues to advance this technology.

What to Expect

Many of our patients are being treated at Mass General Fertility Center for conditions that might affect their fertility. We understand this and strive to provide our patients with up-to-the-minute information.

Throughout treatment, our patients enjoy a personal relationship with the physician in charge of their care as well as the other Fertility Center physicians on their team. At your first appointment, we review your medical history, discuss the most appropriate treatment options and develop your personalized treatment plan.

Our doctors work tirelessly to create a plan that works for each patient. Our consultations are thorough, direct and designed to help patients make the best decision for their individual situations. We aim to provide all the information necessary to make an informed decision.

All of our work is done in one self-contained suite. When necessary, we can call on the expertise of other physicians—urologists, embryologists, obstetricians/gynecologists and others—throughout Mass General.

Support Services

At the Fertility Center, we help guide patients in making decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. While our doctors address physical concerns, we also recognize that fertility treatments have a significant emotional component as well. Our patients have open access to our staff social worker along with financial services personnel who can help plan a course of action that makes sense for everyone.

Training for Tomorrow

The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship at Mass General prepares future leaders in our field. In this highly competitive fellowship program, fellows work side by side with our physicians and scientists, contributing to important advances in clinical care and fertility research.

For more information on our fellowship program, please call 617-726-6942.

Our Team

  • Petrozza, John Christopher, MD

    617-726-8868

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Infertility - female
    • Fibroids
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Chronic pelvic pain
    • Infertility - male
    • Endometriosis
    • Robotic surgery
    • Single incision laparoscopic surgery
    Board Certifications
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Reproductive Endocrinology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Locations
    • Boston: Vincent Reproductive Medicine & IVF
    • Danvers: Mass General OB/GYN at Mass General/North Shore Center
  • Rein, Mitchell S., MD

    978-882-6767

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Infertility - female
    • Infertility - male
    • Fibroids
    • Abnormal uterine bleeding
    • Menopause
    Board Certifications
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Reproductive Endo. & Infertility, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Locations
    • Danvers: Mass General OB/GYN at Mass General/North Shore Center
    • Boston: Vincent Reproductive Medicine & IVF
  • Sabatini, Mary E., MD, PhD

    617-726-8868

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Fertility preservation for cancer patients
    • Infectious diseases
    • Infertility - female
    • Infertility - male
    Board Certifications
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Reproductive Endo. & Infertility, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Locations
    • Boston: Vincent Reproductive Medicine & IVF
    • Danvers: Mass General OB/GYN at Mass General/North Shore Center
  • Schiff, Isaac, MD

    617-726-5290

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Menopause
    • Reproductive Medicine
    • Infertility - male
    • Infertility - female
    Board Certifications
    • Reproductive Endocrinology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Locations
    • Boston: Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service
  • Shifren, Jan Leslie, MD

    617-726-8868

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Assisted reproductive technology and invitro fertilization (IVF)
    • Menopause
    • Infertility - female
    • Infertility - male
    • Female sexual dysfunction
    Board Certifications
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Reproductive Endo. & Infertility, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Locations
    • Boston: Vincent Reproductive Medicine & IVF
    • Newton: Partners Reproductive Medicine Center at NWH
  • Souter, Irene C., MD

    617-726-8868

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Reproductive Endocrinology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Locations
    • Boston: Vincent Reproductive Medicine & IVF

Contact

Contact Us

Fertility Center

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care

32 Fruit StreetSuite 10A Boston, MA 02114
  • Phone: 617-726-8868
  • Fax: 617-724-8882

Other Locations

Mass General Waltham

40 Second Avenue, Suite 402
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-487-3860
Fax: 781-487-3870

Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care

104 Endicott Street, Suite 304
Danvers, MA 01923
Phone: 978-882-6767
Specialist voicemail: 978-825-6221
Fax: 978-882-6775

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