Shady Grove Fertility’s Inaugural Egg Freezing Conference Raises Awareness for Women in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

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Hosted by the nation’s leading fertility center, this educational symposium helped to empower women to make an informed decision about their fertility preservation.

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Dr. Malik addresses attendees at the 2014 SGF Egg Freezing Conference.

“Ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed that I would be presenting about egg freezing, but the technology has advanced in such a significant way that we can now provide verifiable cycle data and success rates,” said Dr. Widra, medical director of SGF.

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, Shady Grove Fertility held its inaugural Egg Freezing Conference at the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C. in order to educate women in the community about the psychological impacts and benefits of egg freezing, the science behind egg freezing, the program’s success rates, financial options, and the opportunity to meet with fellow interested attendees.

The Egg Freezing Conference, sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Freedom Fertility Pharmacy, and ReproSource, addressed a growing need in the Washington, D.C. area for an educational symposium on this revolutionary medical treatment. Over 50 men and women had the opportunity to hear from Sarah Richards, New York Times contributor and author of Motherhood, Rescheduled, who provided a first-hand perspective of egg freezing and described how this growing movement has been shaped from a cultural and societal standpoint. In addition to Richards, several Shady Grove Fertility physicians presented on individual aspects of the Egg Freezing Program. Eric A. Widra, M.D. and medical director of Shady Grove Fertility, explained female reproductive physiology and how egg freezing can help to preserve a woman’s fertility.

“Ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed that I would be presenting to the community about egg freezing, but the technology has advanced in such a significant way that we can now provide verifiable cycle data and success rates,” said Dr. Widra.

Joseph Doyle, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Rockville, MD office, expanded further on Dr. Widra’s presentation, describing the science of vitrification (egg freezing) technology and detailing how and why the program has seen such growth in the past few years, and how this technology has led to remarkable success rates, with over 200 babies being born from frozen eggs at the practice. Shruti Malik, M.D., of Shady Grove Fertility’s Fair Oaks, VA office, then went on to provide attendees with a comprehensive look at the details of the clinical process that a patient would undergo in the Egg Freezing Program, covering the medications needed and how the egg retrieval and egg transfer procedures would be performed.

The conference program closed out with an explanation of financial options available to egg freezing patients and an in-depth question and answer panel. Attendees were gratified to discover that there were options available to them and that they had the opportunity to meet with other women who were considering egg freezing.

“The purpose of this event was for women to have the knowledge to ultimately decide if egg freezing was the right choice for them. By educating and informing women, we are providing them with the opportunity to make a decision that they may not have known was possible before,” said Dr. Malik.

About Shady Grove Fertility: Shady Grove Fertility is America’s leading fertility center, offering patients access to state-of-the-art technology, individualized care, and innovative financial programs. We believe in fostering a culture of excellence through investment in the latest technologies to improve clinical outcomes; devoting extensive resources to our progressive research program; and making the commitment to hire and train staff that are highly experienced, passionate, loyal, and deeply committed to patient care. With 21 offices in the Mid-Atlantic region and 32 reproductive endocrinologists, our fertility patients have greater access to treatment than ever before.

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