Denver, CO (PRWEB) February 07, 2013
Rocky Mountain Fertility Center, the premier Denver fertility clinic, is now enrolling for Phase 2 of a study looking at egg freezing techniques. During the process of in-vitro fertilization, mature eggs are removed from female ovaries and may be stored for subsequent fertilization with sperm, or used right away.
The 3 phase study at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center uses different techniques for egg freezing (oocyte cryopreservation). The current phase, which is the second, will involve patient eggs being frozen for a few hours. The oocytes will then be thawed and fertilized as usual for the IVF process.
A subsequent phase 3 will involve freezing the oocytes for two months prior to the IVF process and uterus implantation.
The primary goal of the study is to evaluate various methods of oocyte freezing and storage, which will provide information to benefit females desiring long term storage of their eggs. Included patients must be under the age of 36 at the time of oocyte retrieval and be looking to have a pregnancy with IVF or ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection). Some additional testing with the Denver fertility clinic is required as well.
Those accepted for the study will receive a substantially reduced IVF cycle cost, usually over $5000. Medication cost and additional medical care is not covered by the study funding. As is typical for IVF, study participants will receive ovarian stimulation with hormone injections and a subsequent oocyte retrieval procedure. Once retrieved, the oocytes will be cryopreserved according to the study, then used for embryo creation.
The lead investigator for the study, Dr. Deborah Smith, has been a leading Colorado fertility doctor for over twenty years and offers comprehensive reproductive medicine treatments. She has won three consecutive Patient’s Choice Awards and has held academic appointments at multiple teaching institutions.
For those interested in participating in this exciting oocyte cryopreservation study, call (303) 999-3877.