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Pacific Fertility Center Announces Breakthrough in Egg Freezing Technology
Date:2/21/2008

also had 2 donors that produced poor quality oocytes that did not survive the vitrification procedure," says PFC reproductive specialist Carl Herbert, M.D. He adds, "We are uncertain how results may vary using oocytes from women in their late 30's. As age is a prominent factor in fertility success, obviously there will be differences in the outcome. We are currently creating a protocol that will address this issue."

PFC offers oocyte vitrification unconditionally to unmarried young women with cancer whose treatments may render them sterile. In the future, oocyte vitrification may be a possible option for women who need or wish to delay child bearing. However, until there are more data with oocytes from a variety of women, PFC is being very careful about offering vitrification routinely to women who are worried about the biological clock. That said, PFC reproductive specialist Carolyn Givens, M.D. reveals, "We are currently planning a study in women in their mid- to late thirties to vitrify and warm their eggs in order to determine whether or not rates of egg survival will be comparable to those we are experiencing with young and healthy donor eggs. If we see rates of conception with transfer of embryos from vitrified eggs in our thirty-something year-old patients that are comparable to the rates we would expect with embryos that had never been cryopreserved, we would expect to offer this technology as one of our services."

About Pacific Fertility Center

Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) is a fertility medical practice and egg donor agency located in San Francisco, California. PFC physicians are board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. The physicians at PFC are members of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART); Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI); and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). They each have many years of suc
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