DENVER (February 25, 2013) – Women in London, Sydney and Beijing who can’t have babies can soon become pregnant using donor eggs from Denver, thanks to a new partnership between University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine and The World Egg Bank.
The partnership positions Advanced Reproductive Medicine as part of an elite team of prequalified in vitro fertilization centers sharing expertise offered by The World Egg Bank. Under the agreement, University of Colorado School of Medicine physicians will retrieve eggs from donors, freeze them and send them to The World Egg Bank lab. The donor eggs from Colorado can be shipped to recipients anywhere in the world, national laws permitting.
“The goal of The World Egg Bank is to deliver oocytes [female egg cells] to where the patients are, rather than the patient going to the eggs,” said Dr. Patricia McShane, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and an Advanced Reproductive Medicine physician who also serves as medical director of The World Egg Bank. “That type of shipping is a process in itself, and not a trivial one.”
The partnership is possible through recent advances in a new flash-freezing process called vitrification. The method allows an unprecedented rate of successfully thawing eggs after long-term storage so that they can be fertilized through in vitro fertilization.
McShane said that The World Egg Bank pregnancy rate is slightly higher than the national average of 55 percent. Their services are less expensive than most egg donor agencies’ and the proprietary shipping services include a guarantee.
University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine is one of only four fertility practices partnering with The World Egg Bank in the vitrification and shipping of female egg cells. The World Egg Bank is one of the top organizations in the world in the vitrification process and they are constantly refining it, McShane said.
Under this partnership, The World Egg Bank will screen egg donors and work with donor egg recipients. The Advanced Reproductive Medicine clinic will perform the oocyte retrieval from donors and complete the vitrification process. McShane and her colleagues also will transfer fertilized embryos to recipients participating in The World Egg Bank program. University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine already performs these fertility services for its own patients not connected with The World Egg Bank.
University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine
University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine specializes in the evaluation and treatment of infertility and reproductive disorders. The clinic is located at 1635 Aurora Court at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO, with a Colorado Springs location at 4125 Briargate Parkway, #350. For more information, see arm.coloradowomenshealth.com or call 720-848-1690.