Every year, several Pacific Fertility Center professionals participate in ASRM’s national meeting. They evaluate the research and share their findings with PFC and Fertility Flash.
Among those attending the conference from PFC were Dr. Philip Chenette and Dr. Isabelle Ryan and Peggy Orlin, MFT. Their reviews cover the following topics: Update #1: Ovarian Stimulation Techniques, Update #2: PGD and Aneuploidy Screening Techniques, Update #3: Egg Freezing, Update #4: Acupuncture, and Update #5: Men and ART.
Oocyte cryopreservation is the storage of the female gamete, the egg, prior to fertilization. Preservation of fertility for single women that must undergo cancer therapy or surgery, or that must delay or choose to delay childbearing, and donated oocyte banking are all applications of oocyte cryopreservation. The need for this technology is clear, but reports of success with oocyte cryopreservation have been limited.
Highly successful oocyte cryopreservation is now attainable. New studies are showing pregnancy rates with oocyte cryopreservation that are equal to traditional IVF techniques.
The key to this technology is oocyte vitrification – an ultrarapid cryopreservation technique. Researchers from Atlanta described their experience with vitrification. Out of 11 patients with transfers, nine conceived, with an implantation rate of 65%.
Pregnancies after oocyte cryopreservation have developed normally. An Italian study of 105 children born after oocyte cryopreservation showed no problems. A Chicago study of the genetics of oocytes, embryos, and children born after oocyte cryopreservation was reassuring. No increase rates of aneuploidy or malformations were reported, and normal development was found in post-natal follow-up.
These results are similar to those we have previously reported from our own research at Pacific Fertility Center (see December 2007 Fertility Flash). Oocytes are now cryopreserved with high success rates. Oocyte cryopreservation technology has matured, and we look forward to providing these techniques for our patients.
Philip Chenette, MD