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New Egg Freezing Technology a 'Paradigm Shift'

A new way of freezing donors' eggs for transfer to women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) is improving the chances for many women to achieve a successful pregnancy when they cannot become pregnant using their own eggs. From

Egg freezing technology has improved so much that in the past six months, egg banks have started websites where patients can order frozen eggs and have them shipped. Fertility experts say it constitutes a paradigm shift, and they predict that in the not-too-distant future, nearly all donor eggs will be bought frozen online instead of fresh locally, making the eggs more accessible—logistically and financially—to more women.

"This really makes a huge difference," says Dr. Serena Chen, director of the Ovum Donation Program at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas in New Jersey, where [Debbie] Vernon is a patient.

Last week, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine took the "experimental" label off frozen eggs, which will likely help the industry grow even faster.

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