IVF treatment on the rise as egg donation rates surge2
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment and egg donation rates have nearly doubled over the last decade in the United States. According to a new study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of women receiving infertility treatments has increased 80.5 percent since the year 2000.
Not only has demand for donor eggs increased, but the number of young female donors and fertility clinics have also been rising across the nation. Field experts credit the upward trend to recent technological developments, larger donor databases and shorter waiting lists for recipients.
In the past, egg donors would get matched with a recipient and then have to synchronize their menstrual cycles – a drug-intensive process that can take months – before transferring the fertilized embryo to the recipient’s womb.
Today, it is becoming more common for an egg donor bank to utilize innovative fast-freezing technology called vitrification. The process has widely expanded the capabilities of infertility treatment by making the viability of frozen eggs nearly equal to that of fresh eggs.
Fertility clinics now have the ability to collect, freeze and store eggs in a diversified donor database, giving egg recipients more choices when undergoing IVF treatment. The end result allows couples to begin treatment without the delays or uncertainties related with traditional donor egg methods.
IVF treatment is also gaining popularity due to higher rates of egg donors. More young females are donating their eggs for fast cash in a lagging economy. The combination of faster treatment technology and larger egg donor banks is speeding up the IVF process, lowering its cost and making it more accessible to couples throughout the nation.