Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF) is launching a Personal Egg Banking service in the Washington, DC area to help women 40 and under who want to cryopreserve (freeze) their eggs now for use in the future when they wish to become pregnant. The age of a woman's eggs dramatically affects her ability to conceive. At 30, a healthy woman has about a 20% chance per month of conceiving, but the likelihood of pregnancy plummets as a woman grows older. At 40, her chances drop to about 5%.
Egg banking is one of those services where the buyers will tend to wait too long before admitting they need the service. A woman in her late teens is probably the ideal candidate to bank some eggs due to her still having very youthful eggs. But most women that age who eventually want children do not want to think about the possibility that they won't have all their dreams come true in a timely manner.
Women spend so much time pursuing their careers that many are infertile by the time they get around to trying to start a family.
"Many patients with age-related infertility are very distressed because they did not fully understand how difficult it would be to conceive at an older age," says Dr. Lawrence Udoff, a reproductive endocrinologist at GIVF. "Some of these women weren't ready to have a child when they were younger because they had not found a partner or they were immersed in their careers. Now that they are ready, they are facing age-related infertility."
I would be very curious to know the average age of a woman who uses an egg banking service.
Perhaps medical tests will alert women about declining fertility a few years before the infertility risk becomes high. Then women would know to go and get some eggs banked.
New technology has arrived in Australian IVF clinics that will, for the first time, enable any woman to establish quickly and easily - and for only $65 - whether she has a decent chance of natural conception.
The test - tagged the "egg-timer" - measures the hormonal concentration in her lower plumbing regions.
It will reveal whether any of the one million eggs that she was born with are still quietly hibernating in there and how many of them are already hard-boiled.
If such testing becomes cheap and easy to do women could get periodic tests of the trend in their fertility level.
|Share |||Randall Parker, 2010 March 18 06:05 PM Biotech Reproduction|