The issue of IVF, in vitro fertilization, is on the agenda of the Cabinet of Ministers. As expected, the introduction of new provisions into the law will be discussed.
According to the information, the bill changes the scope of age restrictions, allowing older women to try to have children through assisted reproduction. In fact, changes are expected in the “freezing” of eggs (cryopreservation), writes iefimerida.gr.
The new structure for IVF provides:
- raising the age limit to 54 years,
- cryopreservation of eggs not only for medical but also for social reasons, which allows women to save their eggs and use them whenever they wish,
- cancellation mandatory consent husband for cryopreservation of his wife’s eggs,
- allowing a divorced woman to use cryopreserved eggs without the consent of her ex-husband/partner.
Cryopreservation of germ cells, tissues of reproductive organs and embryos
Citizens have the right to cryopreservation and storage of their germ cells, tissues of the reproductive organs and embryos (hereinafter referred to as biomaterials) at the expense of personal funds and others provided for by Greek law.
Cryopreservation and storage of germ cells, tissues of the reproductive organs and embryos is carried out by medical organizations providing primary specialized health care, including high-tech medical care, which are equipped with cryogenic storage facilities, with a license to carry out medical activities that provides for the performance of work (provision of services) for collection, cryopreservation and storage of germ cells and tissues of the reproductive organs.
Indications for cryopreservation of biomaterials are:
a) the need to store germ cells, embryos and / or tissues of the reproductive organs before the start of chemotherapy and / or radiation therapy;
b) the need to store germ cells, embryos and / or tissues of the reproductive organs for the purpose of further use in the treatment of infertility;
c) the need to store donor germ cells for use in the treatment of infertility. Cryopreservation and storage of germ cells, embryos and / or tissues of the reproductive organs can be carried out at the request of the patient.
The collection of reproductive tissues and germ cells (spermatozoa) from men for cryopreservation is carried out with their informed voluntary consent as part of the provision of primary specialized health care, including high-tech in medical organizations that have a license to carry out activities that provide for the performance of work (provision of services ) in urology.
When cryopreserving the tissues of the testicle or its epididymis, freezing is carried out if there are spermatozoa in them for their subsequent use in the IVF program.
The choice of the optimal method of freezing and thawing germ cells, tissues of the reproductive organs and embryos is determined individually. Storage is carried out in special labeled containers placed in liquid nitrogen.