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World Egg Bank Launches Medical Tourism Program With World's Largest Egg-Donation Fertility Clinic
Date:11/2/2009

PHOENIX, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Egg Bank (TWEB), an international agency for the donation of human eggs to infertile women, announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with a European fertility clinic to provide American women with in vitro fertilization (IVF) of donated frozen eggs at or less than the cost of staying home for such treatment.

The exclusive partnership is between TWEB and IVI in Alicante, Spain, the world's largest IVF center for frozen donated eggs. It boasts one of Europe's highest success rates and maintains 18 clinics throughout the world.

Egg donation treatment at IVI will cost the same or less than an IVF cycle in America using fresh donor eggs, and about the same as one using frozen donated eggs - including the cost of a vacation in Spain.

"This provides not just an economic alternative for American patients," said Diana Thomas, president and CEO of TWEB, "but is also well suited to intended parents who enjoy foreign travel."

Now a common solution for infertile women who wish to bear children, egg donation can be accomplished with fresh donated eggs, which requires both donor and recipient to coordinate carefully timed procedures in the same city. Frozen eggs, however, can be shipped nationally or internationally and thawed for transfer.

In contrast to American fertility clinics, approximately two-thirds of IVI patients use frozen donated eggs. In contrast, egg freezing accounts for a fraction of American IVF cycles and is still considered experimental by some fertility specialists.

TWEB maintains one of the world's largest egg donor registries, with donor biographies online. More about IVI is available at http://ivi.net/en a
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