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10.25259/JRHM_38_2020
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Warrants of cryopreservation in assisted reproductive technology amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Physiology and Climatology Division, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (Deemed University), Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
Department of Physiology, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Wayanad, Kerala, India
Corresponding author: G. Taru Sharma, Physiology and Climatology Division, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (Deemed University), Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India. gts553@gmail.com
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How to cite this article: Thirupathi Y, Mankuzhy P, Chandra V, Sharma GT. Warrants of cryopreservation in assisted reproductive technology amidst COVID-19 pandemic. J Reprod Healthc Med 2021;2(Suppl_1):S49-S54.

Abstract

Cryopreservation plays a central role in assisted reproductive technology (ART) by allowing in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle segmentation, banking of supernumerary gametes, embryos, and fertility preservation. The identification of viral receptors on gametes and embryos raises serious concerns for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) patients who are interested in preserving fertility. The complications caused by the SARS-CoV-2 on IVF and embryo safety are yet to be explored. Scanty information is available so far regarding the risk of cryopreservation of biological materials used in ART. Here, we highlight the risks of cryopreservation in ART and safety measures to follow amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords

Cryopreservation
Assisted reproductive technology
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2
Risk
Gametes
Embryo

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