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New Clinical Study: New Technique for Egg Freezing

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PFC continues to be at the forefront of pioneering research in assisted reproductive technology and was the recipient of the 2005 California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Foundation Wishes for Wellness Grant. Through this grant, PFC will embark on a research project assessing the efficacy of a new IVF egg freezing method, vitrification.

The CPMC Foundation selects outstanding CPMC physicians in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics to be honored at their event Wishes for Wellness. PFC's Eldon Schriock, MD and Carl Herbert, MD were among those selected in 2005. These honored physicians have the privilege of identifying needs and/or directing purchases and programs which will be funded by the Wishes for Wellness Grants.

Egg freezing has been successful in creating a handful of pregnancies, but the process is still very inefficient. Many eggs do not survive the freezing process. While the technology for freezing sperm and embryos has been used for decades and is very successful, the technology for the future of egg freezing is still emerging.

Our study is designed to study whether vitrification can improve the efficacy of freezing eggs. The study is designed is such a way that results should be obtained in a timely manner. Egg donors who have had previous IVF cycles resulting in pregnancy will be recruited to have eggs frozen. The results of fertilization, embryo development, implantation and pregnancy rates using the embryos resulting from egg vitrification will be compared to the pregnancy rates obtained in previous cycles using embryos obtained from fertilized fresh eggs.

PFC is excited and honored to be involved in this research. The potential benefits of egg freezing are substantial and our research team looks forward to sharing results with you, as soon as they are available.

Be sure to also check out our new website to give women like you information about egg freezing so you can make the choice to preserve your fertility to have a baby later.

-- Eldon Schriock, MD

Posted on February 26th, 2006
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