The three-phase study is investigating different techniques for egg freezing. in phase 2, eggs will be frozen for a few hours, then thawed and fertilized as usual per the in vitro fertilization process. Phase 3 of the study will freeze eggs for two months prior to thawing and transfer to the uterus.
"We are so excited to start enrolling for Phase 2 of our research trial," says Deborah Smith, M.D., a fertility doctor with Rocky Mountain Fertility Center. "Oocyte cryopreservation is a new technology that is no longer considered experimental by ASRM since October of 2012. Pregnancy rates and live birth rates of young women using frozen oocytes appear to be similar to those using IVF with fresh eggs. The ability to be able to freeze eggs for women diagnosed with cancer at a young age, or freeze eggs for couples that have ethical concerns about destroying excess embryos or to use donor frozen eggs to decrease the cost of a donor egg cycle expands the options available for women who desire conception."
The purpose of the study is to evaluate various methods of egg freezing and storage in order to provide information for women who desire long-term freezing of their eggs.
To be included in the study, women must be:
- under the age of 36 at the time of egg retrieval
- looking to have a pregnancy with IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injeciton (ICSI)
The study requires some additional testing with Rocky Mountain Fertility Center, and participants will receive a substantially reduced IVF cycle cost.
"Rocky Mountain Fertility Center is committed to advancing science and clinical care in reproductive medicine with our egg freezing study," Dr. Smith says. "Our study is looking at improving techniques for egg freezing and evaluating which women are better candidates for freezing eggs. We are offering significantly reduced IVF cycle cost to women willing to participate in our oocyte freezing study and have just started to enroll candidates for Phase 2 of the trial."
If you are interested in participating in the study, call (303) 999-3877.
February 7, 2013
Posted by Leigh Ann Woodruff