What you need to know about Fertility Preservation
The My Egg Bank network is comprised of world renowned centers with decades of egg freezing experience and research that led to the development of this proven cutting edge technology.
More than a decade ago, the scientific team at Reproductive Biology Associates began research in the use of egg freezing as a means of fertility preservation. The initial egg freezing breakthrough came in 1997, when the practice reported the first births in the Western Hemisphere from frozen donor eggs. In 2000, after further refinement of the technique, RBA began to offer egg freezing as a means of preserving fertility in patients facing fertility-threatening medical treatment. In 2007, the RBA scientific team achieved its most important egg freezing breakthrough to date based on scientific research initiated in 2004 to explore an alternative way of cryopreservation called “vitrification”.
Utilizing this new rapid freezing technique with egg donors between ages 21-30, RBA achieved pregnancy rates equal to fresh donor cycles in traditional IVF centers around the world, as it was reported in Fertility and Sterility in 2008 (Nagy et al, FS, 2008), 17 of the 20 recipients achieved live birth using vitrified donor eggs. In addition to the efficiency of banking frozen donor eggs, the technology also greatly enhanced the quality of fertility preservation.
In an effort to provide their proven technology to as many patients as possible, in 2011 RBA partnered with several prominent IVF centers to launch My Egg Bank North America. Through the use of MEBNA’s proven technology, more than 650 babies have been born to date. Since July 2010, when using two high-quality embryos, the live birth rate is 60 percent for single embryo transfer and 70 percent for double embryo transfer. MEBNA offers both egg and embryo freezing. Success of either technique will be partly dependent on age at the time of freezing and ovarian reserve. Women must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this program.
There are many reasons that a woman might seek to delay pregnancy. In addition to women facing the prospect of fertility damaging medical treatments for cancer and other diseases, there are also women who wish to delay child birth for purely social reasons like the pursuit of career and education goals.
Regardless of the reason for delaying pregnancy, our egg freezing technology can truly offer hope for women who wish to begin pregnancy at the time that is best for her.
How does the fertility preservation process work?
The process begins with a consultation with a MEBNA affiliate physician, followed by prescreening lab work (hormonal lab testing, preconceptual screening, ovarian and uterine evaluation, etc.). The patient will then meet with a nurse, who will outline the stimulation process and provide medication injection instruction. When the targeted cycle starts, egg production will be stimulated with the fertility medications. Frequent lab work and ultrasounds are done to monitor egg growth. When appropriate, a final injection will be given to mature the eggs and ready them for retrieval. Thirty-six hours after the injection the eggs will be retrieved vaginally under intravenous sedation. After the eggs are retrieved, the MEBNA affiliated laboratory will freeze and store them for the patient’s future use. The entire process from screening to freezing will last approximately two months.
The price for this procedure will vary from center to center. Some of the cost of this procedure may be covered by your insurance. Please contact your My Egg Bank affiliate center for more information about insurance coverage and financing options.
To learn more about fertility preservation, locate a My Egg Bank Egg Freezing Center in your area and speak with their physicians about how banking your own frozen eggs can work for you.