The birth of UK's first baby who has
been born from a flash frozen egg is soon set to change the future of fertility
treatment for women in UK. Flash frozen eggs are frozen in less than 60seconds.
This technique would give women the chance to have a child even at 50-years of
age with no greater chance of miscarriage or Down's syndrome than they had when
they were 30-years old.
Thawing from 'vitrified' or flash
frozen eggs the chances of a successful pregnancy increase significantly. Normal
freezing techniques require about 2 hours and only about 65% of eggs survive
the thawing process but with vitrification the egg survival rate rises to 95%. As
many eggs survive the thawing process women generally require one cycle of
treatment instead of having to undergo several treatment cycles.
Gillian Lockwood of Midland
Fertility Services has successfully carried out this treatment on Mrs. Karen
Bateman's who has given birth to Olivia Bate. This will give hope to young
women who want to be mothers some day.