We are pleased to partner with Extend Fertility to offer women in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest the option to preserve their fertility
SEATTLE (PRWEB) February 11, 2008
Both companies are also pleased to announce that a Seattle woman is pregnant with fraternal twins in what is believed to be the first frozen egg pregnancy in both Washington state and the Pacific Northwest. The expectant mother became pregnant through her participation in an Extend Fertility-sponsored egg freezing study at NCRS. This study is part of Extend's ongoing multi-site study, designed to measure the efficacy of egg freezing using frozen donor eggs. To date, 12 pregnancies have been established with an aggregate egg survival rate of 85% and pregnancy rate of 60%.
Egg freezing for fertility preservation can benefit a broad range of women - from cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy to women who anticipate starting or adding to their families later in life. As more women pursue advanced degrees, the average age of first-time motherhood is increasing. Twenty percent of all first-time mothers are now 35 or older(1) and over five million U.S. women remain single and childless well into their thirties(2).
Unfortunately, this trend towards older motherhood is squarely at odds with a woman's natural biological clock. Eggs are the key to female fertility and the average woman's fertility peaks in her mid-20's and begins to more significantly decline in her 30's. While a woman's uterus is able to carry a pregnancy to term well into her forties, the decline in egg quality makes the likelihood of a successful pregnancy significantly lower after age 37. As a result, over 14,000 U.S. women per year are forced to turn to egg donation in order to conceive. Egg freezing provides the opportunity for women to become their own donors earlier in life.
"We are pleased to partner with Extend Fertility to offer women in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest the option to preserve their fertility," said Dr. Gerard S. Letterie, Northwest Center for Reproductive Medicine Medical Director and Reproductive Endocrinologist. "By partnering with Extend, we have used the knowledge and experience of their network of clinics to hone our techniques and establish our frozen egg success rates. We can now use these data to counsel patients and assist them in making intelligent choices."
Extend Fertility is the first and only company to offer women a comprehensive, nationwide service for freezing and banking eggs. Since launching in 2004, Extend Fertility and its affiliated clinics have gained significant clinical experience with egg freezing patients and have published industry leading egg survival and pregnancy rates. Extend Fertility's investigational egg freezing protocol is based on proprietary science developed by world-renowned researchers who are responsible for the largest share of babies born from frozen eggs. More than ten babies have been born from frozen eggs at Extend Fertility's U.S. clinics, building upon the more than 80 deliveries in Europe that have resulted from the same method.
"Egg freezing can prevent the natural decrease in fertility that occurs with advancing age," said Christy Jones, founder and CEO, Extend Fertility. "By giving women more options around their fertility, egg freezing has the potential to become as powerful as the birth control pill in women's reproductive health."
Extend Fertility's services are currently provided in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Boston and Texas. The service will be available in Seattle beginning today and, later in 2008, in Chicago and Washington D.C. For more information on the Extend Fertility egg freezing service in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, please visit http://www.extendfertility.com or call 800-841-7197.
ABOUT EXTEND FERTILITY
Extend Fertility is dedicated to enriching women's lives through revolutionary egg freezing science that gives women the option to effectively slow down the biological clock. The company brings together industry-leading science, medical care and storage facilities. By combining these critical elements with our outstanding educational resources and client services, Extend Fertility offers women the leading egg freezing experience available today. For more information, visit http://www.extendfertility.com.
ABOUT THE NORTHWEST CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES
Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences (NCRS) is a partnership of four senior clinicians and scientists each with over 20 years experience in infertility care. The practice offers assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF and oocyte donation, reproductive genetics including preimplantation genetic diagnosis and oocyte and embryo cryopreservation in three locations in the Seattle area. Through the cooperative efforts of the clinical and laboratory staff, NCRS has among the highest success rates for these technologies. For more information, visit NCRS at http://www.nwreprosci.com.
1. Age and Fertility: A Guide for Parents. 1996 - American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
2. Fertility of American Women Current Population Survey. June, 2000 - U.S. Census Bureau