Changes to In-Vitro Fertilization

As women become mothers later in life after their fertility has declined, more women than ever are going through In-Vitro fertilization.

However, for women who need a donor egg, the process of getting one can be long and difficult.

The donor and recipient must synchronize their cycles and they must be geographically close, then there's the wait to find the right donor egg.

"The supply and demand problem that we often face, It could take six months, it could even take a year to find the perfect eggs," says Reproductive Endocrinologist Allen Copperman.

What if you could get a frozen egg from an egg bank just as you can get donor sperm from a sperm bank?

Doctors of reproductive medicine believe it is just a matter of time.

“This is the next big thing,” says Dr. Gad Levy of the New England Fertility Institute.

Dr. Gad levy is the director of the New England fertility institute and he is on his way to having Connecticut’s first successful birth from a frozen donor egg.

The 37 year old patient, who wished to remain anonymous, is now in her third month of pregnancy.

Dr. Levy says, "The eggs are the last challenge and technically, it's been difficult, showing we can freeze the eggs, thaw them safely, get them to fertilize, get them to grow. Then do some genetic testing on the embryos."

The problem is eggs are fragile harder to freeze and thaw without damage than sperm or embryos.

Dr. Alan Copperman, director of infertility at Mt. Sinai medical center, says the techniques in egg freezing have advanced and predicts egg banks could be a reality in 5 years.

For the mom-to-be that means no wait, no geographic restrictions, and more options in selecting a donor

Dr. Copperman says, "When a couple who is of any ethnicity or has a certain preference about where the donor comes from or certain attributes in the donor can look in this catalogue and find the perfect candidates."

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