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Revolutionary Procedure Gives Women Options for Pregnancy

Updated: 05/28/2014 7:50 AM
Created: 05/27/2014 4:52 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

It's the newest chapter in fertility; a revolutionary procedure is giving women who hope to get pregnant later in life an alternative to freezing their eggs.

A family, who is one of the first in the world to successfully use this new method, calls it a "miracle." Their 4-year-old son, Grant, was among the first wave of babies in the world conceived through the use of frozen ovary tissue.

Freezing young ovary tissue and implanting it later is a relatively new concept. It enables women to freeze up to hundreds of thousands of eggs.

When Amy Tucker was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 19, she knew she was faced with becoming sterile.

So, Dr. Sherman Silber of the Infertility Center of St. Louis recommended she use the revolutionary procedure.

Twelve years later, Tucker returned to Silber to have her frozen ovary tissue reimplanted. Soon after, her ovary began functioning normally and in a matter of months Grant was conceived the old-fashioned way.

Silber says ovary freezing has worked successfully for three out of four patients he's tried it on. He insists it's not only less painful than egg freezing, but it's also less expensive.

The procedure costs around $10,000, while egg-freezing can cost up to $25,000.

Tucker said deciding to freeze her ovary tissue was a decision that's proved priceless.


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