South Carolina Fertility Clinic Launches New Internet Program to Help Would-Be Moms Find Egg Donors

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Potential South Carolina egg donation recipients can now search extensive database for egg donors in the privacy of their homes

Advanced Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology Institute, LLC

We have shortcut the process for patients so we can offer couples the easiest, most stress-free process for donor eggs available anywhere in the world.

Residents of South Carolina and Georgia coping with infertility will have instant access to an online database of more than 450 human egg donors through a new affiliation between a Columbia-based fertility clinic and an international egg donor agency.

In a program designed to pool resources and give patients easier access to pre-screened egg donors, Advanced Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology Institute announced today the launch of new Internet resources provided by The World Egg Bank (TWEB), an international agency for the donation of eggs to infertile women and the largest commercial frozen egg bank in the world.

The affiliation enables women incapable of producing their own healthy eggs to use the Internet to peruse photographs and biographies of egg-donor candidates at http://ivfwecare.eggdonors.theworldeggbank.com.

"Women can benefit from the years of experience The World Egg Bank has in matching donors and couples," said Dr. Gail Whitman-Elia, medical director of Advanced Fertility. "We understand that choosing to use donor’s eggs can be a very emotional process for women."

The database consists of carefully screened donors who must meet the strictest criteria for health, fitness, psychology, and genetic predisposition for future disease. Because selecting an egg donor can be the most important decision of a lifetime, TWEB accepts only one in 50 donor applications.

“I can personally tell you the difficulties of finding a suitable egg donor – I had to do it on my own twice for my children,” Diana Thomas, President and CEO of the World Egg Bank said. "We have shortcut the process for patients so we can offer couples the easiest, most stress-free process for donor eggs available anywhere in the world.”

Until recently, egg donors and recipients often had to live in the same city in order to meticulously time their hormonal treatments for the egg donation-implantation cycle. Because TWEB's success with frozen eggs has raised the successful thaw rate to from 70 to 80 percent, eggs can now be frozen and shipped, and donors and recipients can live anywhere in the nation or possibly even in separate countries, depending on regulations.

About Advanced Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology Institute, LLC.
Founded January 2, 2002 by University of South Carolina professor, researcher and physician, Dr. Gail Whitman-Elia, Advanced Fertility is the only full-service fertility clinic serving the greater Columbia, South Carolina market. Recognized by patients for award-winning, compassionate care, Dr. Whitman-Elia, board certified in both obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive endocrinology, has helped thousands of families get started and expand. Click here for more information: Advanced Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology Institute, LLC.

About The World Egg Bank
The World Egg Bank (TWEB) was formed in February 2009 as a merger of two companies, X and Y Consulting Inc., an egg donation agency founded in 1996 by Diana Thomas, and Cryo Eggs International, founded in 2004 as the first commercial source of frozen human eggs in the world. In 2005, the first child born of a frozen egg bank was born under the care of two of our doctors and founders. TWEB’s scientific team includes Dr. Jeffrey Boldt and Dr. Michael Tucker, the two scientists who pioneered egg cryopreservation technology.

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