Thursday, February 16, 2006

New egg banking program in Bay area

The Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area announced a new program allowing women to freeze and store unfertilized eggs at RSC for non-medical reasons. Normally IVF centers freeze fertlized eggs, embryos, for use by women undergoing IVF who may have them implanted later if their early attempts do not result in a pregnancy, or at a future time to avoid undergoing costly hormone injections and egg harvesting. Embryos typically survive freezing and thawing much better than unfertilized eggs, but as techniques improve the option for freezing and banking eggs for future use becomes more viable. Doctors can then fertilize only the number of eggs used for each IVF cycle and avoid the moral dilemma of patients have of what to do with viable but unused embryos.


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