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A Growing Number of Brits Cross the Atlantic for Donor Egg IVF Treatment at Shady Grove Fertility Center
Date:6/16/2009

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In the past 18 months, Shady Grove Fertility Center has established innovative partnerships with three UK fertility clinics -- the third just launched earlier this year. Since late March, when Dr. Levy and three of his donor egg team staff hosted an informational seminar in the United Kingdom for several dozen potential donor egg patients there, more than 20 have scheduled appointments and/or been seen by an SGFC doctor. On that same trip, Dr. Levy and his staff visited the three UK partner clinics to better coordinate the bi-country donor egg treatment process.

The collaborative treatment process involves only two visits to SGFC per cycle of donor egg treatment. On the first visit to SGFC, the male partner's sperm is frozen and an egg donor is selected. The couple then returns to the UK, where an SGFC partner clinic provides additional treatment and support -- such as hormone injections to prepare the woman's uterus for pregnancy -- while SGFC harvests the donor's eggs and fertilizes them in vitro with the thawed sperm. Only then does the couple return to Maryland for embryo transfer. This streamlined, trans-Atlantic system results in pregnancy success rates comparable to those of couples using fresh sperm.

"In some countries, infertility treatments are very limited or restricted and may even be illegal," said Michael J. Levy, M.D., Shady Grove Fertility Center's founder, who in late 2007 began establishing relationships with doctors and fertility clinics in the UK. "We at Shady Grove Fertility are proud that word has reached the other side of the Atlantic about our innovative financing programs, our strong emphasis on quality patient care, and our outstanding IVF success rates."

Using the UK program as a model, SGFC has a
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