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Frozen Egg Bank Launches New Donor Web Site that Helps Prospective Parents Start a Family
Date:8/18/2008

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Frozen Egg Bank, one of only three repositories of frozen human eggs from donors, announced the launch of their new Web site, http://www.eggfreezing.com. The Web site provides a registry of young, healthy donors whose frozen eggs can help start families for women unable to conceive with their own eggs.

Baby photos of donors, as well as their ethnicity, eye color, hair color, weight and height, are provided on http://www.eggfreezing.com. Prospective parents can learn more about the egg donors and view their recent photos by requesting a username and password from the Frozen Egg Bank.

"This Web site is a comprehensive resource for women who need donor eggs and are looking for a realistic new method to conceive a child of their own," said David Diaz, M.D., FACOG, a fertility expert who founded Frozen Egg Bank. "Not only does Egg Bank offer a listing of healthy egg donors for intended mothers but it also enables young women to freeze their own healthy eggs in order to start a family in the future."

Although potential parents have the option of using fresh donor eggs, it is more costly and time consuming compared with using frozen eggs. By purchasing frozen eggs, the cost is less and the intended mother's menstrual cycle does not need to be synchronized with the donor's cycle. Costly travel expenses and compliance problems are also eliminated. It is also possible to reserve additional eggs from the same donor in order to have a second child in later years.

While embryo freezing has existed since the 1980s, egg freezing technology has more recently succeeded in freezing eggs and storing them indefinitely in liquid nitrogen. In 2005, Frozen Egg Bank celebrated its first birth from a frozen egg that was stored for four years. Since then, an additional 27 babies have been born, and another seven are due this year.

Frozen Egg Bank has perfected a technique that dehydrates eggs and permeates them with a cryoprotectant fluid to ensure the eggs are not damaged. This technique has resulted in a 91 percent egg thaw survival and has yielded high pregnancy rates of 52 percent.

"Also, the frozen eggs in our bank have been quarantined, allowing patients to safely start families of their own," Diaz said.

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), approximately one woman out of five delays starting a family until after age 35. However, the viability of a woman's eggs diminishes after age 32 and the ability to conceive decreases dramatically after age 40.

Frozen Egg Bank's egg freezing technology has other important reproductive applications. For example, women diagnosed with premature menopause are well served with frozen donor eggs. Also, women who are about to undergo cancer treatment or others who wish to electively save their healthy, young eggs for the future will also benefit from the egg freezing services at the Frozen Egg Bank. Some patients going through in vitro fertilization treatments will prefer to freeze their surplus eggs instead of freezing surplus embryos without compromising pregnancy success rates.

Although egg freezing is successful, it is considered investigational by the ASRM. All egg freezing activities at Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. are conducted under the oversight of an Institutional Review Board.

About Frozen Egg Bank, Inc.

Frozen Egg Bank, Inc., located in Orange County, California, uses leading-edge technology to provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional egg donation for women unable to conceive with their own eggs. For more information, visit http://www.eggfreezing.com or call (877) 978-4747.


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