immense emotional and social trauma to a woman. Rising stress is an
important cause of infertility and most of the times infertility is traced
in females and sometimes the cause lies with the male partner. IVF or In vitro
fertilization has given promising results to many infertile couples and their
lives have improvised with the arrival of a baby.
have invented a new technique of storing women's eggs by new freeze-dry
. The eggs can be stored at room temperature and on finding the right
soul mate, these eggs can be brought 'back to life'
prior to active
The female freeze-dried eggs can be stored at room
temperature and this will cut down the expenses of storing eggs in fertility
clinic. While going for IVF, a woman needs to add water to this freeze-dried
powder. Amir Arav, the Israeli Scientist mentioned, 'You keep the powder at
room temperature for ever - and just add water to bring it back to life.'
This method is a boon for cancer patients who are facing
the threat of becoming infertile as a consequence of chemotherapy. They can
have babies with this new freeze-dried eggs technique. This newly invented
egg-freezing technique is widely popular among career-oriented women and those
who are still looking ahead for the arrival of Mr. Right in their lives.
Dr. Amir Arav
considers the technique as 'bringing science fiction to life'
"envisions beginning by rapidly freezing the eggs until they turn into
glass-like state." Finally the eggs would be transformed into a powder. Instead
of being preserved at expensive fertility clinic, the egg powder can be saved
in dark air-tight containers.
Experts are of the
opinion. 'In future, women who want to safeguard their fertility may be able to
store their eggs at home as powder. To revive them for an attempt at having a
baby, all they would need to do is empty the sachet, add water, fertilize with
sperm and implant the embryo.'
Some scientists have
questioned Dr. Arav that whether women were comfortable with storing their eggs
in their bedroom or kitchen cupboard and whether these powdered eggs were
capable enough to produce viable and healthy off springs. Professor Claus
Andersen from the University Hospital of Copenhagen in Denmark stated, 'If the
vision is for women to take their freeze-dried eggs home with them, will those
eggs deteriorate over time or lose their reproductive potential?'
He added, 'The freeze-drying needs to be shown
to be as good as the conventional method of freezing under liquid nitrogen and
this could take some time.' Well, in future, the superiority and efficacy of
dried freezing method has to be established over the conventional egg freezing
method under liquid nitrogen.