For more than 50 years, scientists have been working to perfect the art of freezing and storing a woman’s eggs, also known as “egg banking”. Although there have been challenges, the progress has been both amazing and promising.
Since the birth of the first “frozen egg baby” in the mid-1980s, we’ve celebrated than 6,000-7,000 births worldwide from thawed eggs. However, this is a relatively small number when compared to the 5-6 million IVF babies and 1.5- to 2 million babies born from transferred frozen embryos during the same time.
Recently, there have been significant improvements in using frozen eggs to create embryos. Presently, success rates are comparable to that using frozen embryos especially when the latter have been screened for competency, using preimplantation genetic testing (PGT/ preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A). Interestingly, currently, eggs are not screened using these techniques before they are frozen.
Who Can Benefit from Egg Banking?
Let’s talk about who can benefit from this incredible advancement:
- Fertility Preservation (FP) for Women: FP is like a beacon of hope for women looking to preserve their fertility for the future. The potential demand for FP using frozen eggs is estimated to be 4-6 times higher than traditional IVF. This can be a lifeline for:
- Women facing the possibility of losing their ovarian function due to approaching menopause, planned ovary removal, or medical treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.
- Women planning to delay childbearing due to career aspirations, not being ready for a permanent relationship, or concerns about their biological clock.
- Couples Opposed to Embryo Freezing: For couples who have ethical or religious concerns about freezing embryos, the option of freezing eggs brings hope and aligns with their beliefs.
The Future of Egg Banking
As technology continues to evolve, we are moving towards a future where egg freezing is both safe, reliable, and accessible to all. It allows individuals to make informed decisions about their future and family planning. However, a word of advice: Women should consider freezing their eggs at a younger age (below 35 years) when their eggs are at their healthiest. Older women, especially those over 39, should approach this with caution as the “competency” of their eggs declines with age.
Imagine having the chance to fulfill the dream of having a family through a wonderful solution called egg banking. This amazing process involves storing healthy eggs that are later used to help women struggling with infertility to have a baby through IVF and embryo transfer.
In the United States, around 20,000 IVF procedures using donated eggs happen each year, making up about 15% of all IVF cycles. People are seeking affordable options for IVF, with many traveling abroad for lower-cost treatments.
Donor Egg Banks
Recently, frozen egg banks have emerged, offering access to eggs that haven’t been genetically tested. While using fresh donor eggs is a bit more successful than using frozen ones (around 40-50% versus 30-35% success rate per embryo transfer), the difference is very small. However, many frozen eggs may not survive the thawing process to become embryos, which affects the success rate. To improve success rates, most egg banks suggest buying at least six eggs at a time, each costing about $3,000.
In the United States, the cost of IVF using frozen donor eggs is high, prompting many to seek treatment in other countries (“Medical tourism”). A significant part of this cost is associated with donor stipends and agency fees. This is why there’s a real need for a better way to access healthy donated eggs for IVF.
The in vitro fertilization (IVF) market in the United States is rapidly growing and is approaching a value of $25 billion. The demand for egg banking, especially for Fertility Preservation (FP), is expected to be two to three times greater than conventional IVF. If even 10% of this potential FP market is tapped within the next five years, it could result in an annual industry worth over $3.5 billion. This shows the incredible potential of egg banking in making family dreams come true.
This amazing journey of advancements is paving the way for new hopes and dreams. It’s about giving people choices and the power to decide when and how to shape their families. Egg banking is not just about preserving eggs; it’s about preserving dreams and the possibility of a beautiful tomorrow.
Join the journey towards preserving your fertility and fulfilling your dreams with egg banking. Whether you’re a woman considering fertility preservation or a couple seeking an ethical alternative, the incredible potential of egg banking awaits you. Take control of your future and explore the possibilities that modern technology offers.
But wait, there’s more! For a limited time, we’re offering a special deal on Egg Banking at just $6,500. New patients who begin their treatment between October 1, 2023, and February 28, 2024, can seize this exclusive opportunity. Don’t miss out on this chance to make your dreams a reality. To learn more about this limited-time offer, visit our page and take the first step towards securing your future. Let your journey to hope, dreams, and family begin here at Sher Fertility Solutions.