The Genetics & IVF Institute Launches Fairfax Egg Bank(SM)

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Advances in egg freezing make frozen donor eggs possible

Using frozen donor eggs allows patients more control over their treatment and is typically more affordable.

Today, the Genetics & IVF Institute ( launched the Fairfax Egg Bank(SM) (, a service that offers a wide selection of frozen donor eggs. Donor egg IVF is an infertility treatment often recommended for women whose own eggs are no longer viable. The traditional method uses fresh eggs, but thanks to the recent advances in egg vitrification (a freezing method), Fairfax Egg Bank(SM) gives patients another option. "Donor egg IVF has proven to be a very successful infertility treatment, but logistics and availability of donors can be limiting factors. The frozen donor egg option eliminates these difficulties for patients and makes it more accessible. Using frozen donor eggs allows patients more control over their treatment and is typically more affordable," says Laurence C. Udoff, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist with Fairfax Egg Bank(SM). Using frozen donor eggs also allows for more simplified treatment protocols requiring less medication.

Fairfax Egg Bank(SM) offers immediately-available frozen eggs from a pool of over 30 highly-screened donors. Initially, frozen donor eggs from Fairfax Egg Bank(SM) will be available only to donor egg IVF patients at the Genetics & IVF Institute in Fairfax, VA, but access will expand as the program grows. Frozen donor eggs will be made available to other patients and other infertility clinics nationally in 2011. “We are excited to offer this option to women considering donor egg IVF. Building on more than twenty years of success with fresh donor eggs at the Genetics & IVF Institute, we see Fairfax Egg Bank(SM) as an expansion of our current program that will increase access for patients considering Donor Egg IVF.” Dr. Udoff added.

The egg donors of Fairfax Egg Bank(SM) are healthy, college-educated women between the ages of 19 and 33. Each one passes rigorous health, psychological, and other screening and testing before being accepted into the program. Only a very small percentage of donors who apply are actually accepted into the program because few meet the program’s selective standards. Donor recipients can select their egg donor by browsing an online database using criteria such as ethnicity, physical characteristics, educational history, and other characteristics. Childhood and current photos of each donor are also available to donor egg recipients.

Fairfax Egg Bank(SM) is located in the greater Washington, DC area (in Fairfax, VA).

The Genetics & IVF Institute, founded in 1984, is responsible for numerous key innovations to help couples have healthy babies and has created more than 20,000 pregnancies world-wide.


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