U.S. Exporting Donor Eggs To Help Couples in the United Kingdom Build Families

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Infertility Pioneer from the World’s First Test Tube Baby partners with Phoenix-based World Egg Bank

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Giving the Gift of LIfe

For those faced with infertility, The World Egg Bank strives to make building a family a simple reality.

To ease a growing shortage of donor eggs, The World Egg Bank, headquartered in Phoenix, AZ is now exporting women’s eggs in America to the United Kingdom, which is expected to help hundreds of women struggling to become a mother.

The World Egg Bank has recently partnered with CARE Fertility Center in the UK to provide easy, local access to donor eggs. Acclaimed international scientist, Dr. Simon Fishel, is the founder of CARE Fertility and is world renown as one of the doctors who had the first “test tube” baby in the world, Louis Brown in 1978.

“This means that hundreds of women in the UK who are waiting up to 18 months for the chance to become mothers could be implanted with a frozen egg within four months,” said Dr. Fishel.

The partnership with The World Egg Bank and CARE will help eliminate travel time and costs that are conventionally associated with the egg donating process.

“It’s one of the great injustices in the world that people that can afford great education get a great education and the people that can afford to have babies get babies,” said Diana Thomas President and CEO of The World Egg Bank.

The World Egg Bank provides fertility services to women who need donated eggs to achieve pregnancy. The company offers screening, recruiting and egg donor matching services to arrange for fresh or frozen egg donations for recipient women.

Rebecca, a 31-year old Tempe, Arizona resident is one of the donors who wanted to help women in the UK.

“I’ve got lots of eggs. Donating them is a gratifying way to rescue ones my body would naturally dispose of. Hopefully it will bring a baby into someone’s life,” said Rebecca, who works in advertising.

As the first and only commercial egg bank in the world, The World Egg Bank strives to provide recipients with comfort, education, and information about the various types of egg donating processes in order to ensure that each woman is making the best decision for their lifestyle.

The World Egg Bank was formed in 2004; however, Thomas has been matching donors and recipients for 14 years. Her inspiration for the company originated through her own struggles with fertility.

“When established, the company was way ahead of the technological and medical acceptance curve for egg banking, but we wanted to start educating the public and doctors about the option of using frozen donor eggs,” Thomas said.

With the help of new technology, the company has become an international leader in donor egg banking. Women are now offered four different options (the fresh egg process, the frozen egg process, a custom choice option, and a custom choice embryo option) to choose from when planning to conceive.

“Unfortunately there is no science to nature,” Thomas said, “We can only create the best scenarios that we can.”


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