Will my eggs be damaged during the shipment process? What guarantees can I rely upon?

During your IVF or surrogacy journey, you might need to ship your genetic materials (embryos and oocytes) to another clinic located in a different city, or even a different country. If you need to ship your cryomaterials to another clinic, you might feel nervous and hesitant, especially if you are unsure about how the process works.

With this blog, we want to put your mind at ease and lay out some of the key points about shipping eggs (or any other genetic materials) around the world. Read ahead to learn all about what happens when you ship your oocytes, sperm, embryos or any other genetic materials around the world.

Key Takeaways:
  • This article describes the process of frozen donor eggs transportation
  • It details the rules of donor eggs transportation
  • What are the guarantees on donor egg transportation? Read ahead to find out.
Frozen Oocytes Transportation

After storing your oocytes or any other genetic material in one clinic, there might come a time that you need to move your cryomaterials elsewhere. The need to transfer your oocytes to another clinic in a different city (or even a different country) occurs quite regularly.

However, as soon as you decide to ship your genetic materials to another country, you need to authorize a trusted cryoshipping company to both access and then handle your embryos and/or oocytes. How do you do this? It is remarkably simple. Contact the IVF clinic where they are stored, and then make the request in writing. This will allow the ARK.CRYO (or any other company that you choose to use) couriers to gain access to your dewar. Once they gain access, they are permitted to pick them up and transfer them to the next clinic. A dewar is a specialized container that has been designed to keep your genetic materials at the required cold temperature for up to seven days, so your genetic materials are safe.

What are the rules of donor eggs transportation?
  • All frozen donor eggs (and all cryomaterials) must be transported in a specialized container called a dewar. Dewars are equipped with sensitive and accurate data loggers that have been designed to measure the temperature inside.
  • The temperature inside the dewar must be maintained at -196 C throughout the entire transportation process.
  • At no point during the transportation process should the dewar (containing oocytes) be exposed to any X-rays. X-rays can cause degenerative changes to genetic materials, and must be avoided at all times.
  • Only dry shipping containers (dewars) that have been approved by the International Air transport Association (IATA) should be used during the transportation process.
Guarantees on donor eggs international deliveries

It is always a good idea to check with your cryoshipment company to find out all about their guarantee policy. Most cryo companies (including ARK.CRYO) are proud to offer a full 100%transportation survival rate guarantee, or you are entitled to receive your money back in full.

Do you have any further questions about shipping your cryomaterials? Call or email us and our customer service team will be more than happy to help.

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