Egg Freezing for Fertility Becomes New Norm After ASRM Announcement

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Fertility Centers of Illinois Encourages Egg Freezing for Fertility Preservation During Cancer Treatment, Freezing the Biological Clock and Delayed Childbearing

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The success of egg freezing technology has been advancing rapidly over the past couple of years. Given the difficult economy and the need for some patients to delay family plans, egg freezing allows patients to keep their options open.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine announced that egg freezing is no longer considered experimental, a revolutionary industry announcement that changes treatment options and provides reassurance for patients moving forward.

Egg freezing allows fertility to be preserved at the time of vitrification (freezing), allowing patients to maintain higher fertility potential – a critical factor as female fertility declines with age.

With egg freezing as a new treatment standard, industry experts predict that in time newer techniques using frozen eggs for in vitro fertilization will overtake traditional methods of treatment using fresh (non-frozen) eggs. Pregnancy rates of frozen eggs versus fresh eggs are comparable and as science continues to advance, rates will continue to rise.

Dr. Kevin Lederer, president, managing partner and reproductive endocrinologist with Fertility Centers of Illinois, notes this is a significant industry advancement. Fertility Centers of Illinois is the most experienced vitrification center in the Midwest.

“The success of egg freezing technology has been advancing rapidly over the past couple of years,” explains Dr. Lederer. “Given the difficult economy and the need for some patients to delay family plans, egg freezing allows patients to keep their options open and help ensure children when they are ready.”

Amy Paris, a 38-year-old executive, chose to freeze her eggs to preserve her fertility and safeguard her future goal of becoming a parent.

“I was at a point where everyone around me was having such a hard time getting pregnant,” explains Amy. “I knew that having children was something I wanted to do, but I wasn't in a situation to have children now. I was excited to learn that there was another option.”

For couples who need donor eggs to have a child, using frozen donor eggs is now considered a mainstream option. Using frozen donor eggs can save thousands of dollars and cut months off treatment time.

Donor Egg Bank USA is the nation’s only frozen donor egg bank created through the collaboration of more than 100 of the country's top reproductive specialists. Fertility Centers of Illinois has an exclusive Midwest partnership with Donor Egg Bank USA.

Heidi Hayes, CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA, deeply understands the donor egg process on a personal and professional level. Heidi has had two children through donor eggs, and has experienced the ups and downs of fertility treatment first hand.

“The road of fertility treatment can be a bumpy one,” Hayes says. “Using frozen donor eggs can make it a little easier. Our goal is to assist fertility patients in their dream of having a baby by providing a quicker, more affordable treatment process."

Who Can Benefit From Egg Freezing:

  •     Women seeking to delay childbearing and preserve fertility through egg freezing for their biological clock
  •     Women seeking to preserve fertility after a cancer diagnosis
  •     Couples wishing to preserve fertility and pursue fertility treatment when they are ready
  •     Couples or individuals who need to use donor eggs to become pregnant

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Fertility Centers of Illinois, S.C., is one of the nation's leading fertility treatment practices, providing advanced reproductive endocrinology services in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. FCI physicians, embryologists and support staff are stringently chosen based on educational background, medical skills and their ability to collaborate. With a team of 10 nationally and internationally recognized reproductive physicians who treat thousands of patients each year, the practice has earned a reputation for overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. FCI is dedicated to medical and clinical excellence and continues to invest in the latest technologies and research. FCI offers a comprehensive range of fertility treatment options including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donor egg, gestational carrier, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, as well as extensive resources to address financial and emotional needs. Fostering a culture for continuous innovation has made FCI home to the annual Midwest Reproductive Symposium which attracts experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology from around the world. FCI has 10 offices conveniently located throughout the Chicagoland area (Buffalo Grove, Chicago/River North, Crystal Lake, Glenview, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lindenhurst, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, and Orland Park). FCI is a member of the Attain Fertility Network which provides discounted fertility treatment programs. For more information visit http://www.fcionline.com

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