Boston IVF, a renowned medical practice that provides specialized infertility treatments, has received a federal grant from the government that totals one million dollars. Boston IVF has been operational since 1986. The grant awarded to the institution is to help raise interest and understanding regarding donating frozen embryos to be used for in vitro fertilization procedures.
Boston IVF has recently received the second portion of their grant funding that they were awarded, to help develop a frozen embryo donation service. The service will allow the medical facility to provide training protocols to workers who are employed at infertility clinics, as well as enhance medical practitioners and patient awareness regarding the importance of donating embryos.
Boston IVF is also hoping to utilize the funds to develop a type of educational service for their patients who are interested in this type of service. They are hoping to increase the amount of people who are willing to consider donating their embryos for this important cause. As part of the new initiative, new protocols for the laboratory and patients will be implemented, along with new consent forms as well.
The goal of the donation service is to develop specific training programs for clinics that specialize in infertility. At the same time, additional developments will be made for educating and supporting potential recipients and donors. This option will be able to help thousands of patients who are infertile, and unable to utilize their own eggs, sperm cells, or embryos in order to achieve a natural pregnancy.
Typically, during a course of infertility treatments, couples will usually need to product a couple of embryos that can be used. These embryos are taken and frozen, so they can be used for additional infertility treatments. The latest reports have found that in the United States alone, there are over 600,000 embryos that are frozen.
Frozen embryos that are unused may be donated to other patients, in an effort to help them achieve a natural pregnancy. At the present time, there are only a small portion of frozen embryos that are ever donated to other couples that are dealing with infertility. Many of the embryos that sit frozen, will either remain in storage, or later be discarded entirely. The success rate for live births when implanting frozen embryos is thirty-five percent.
Under the first phase of the program, patients are being sent out surveys and educational materials concerning embryo donation. One thousand former patients are being contacted, and asked about what they want done with their frozen embryos that are still sitting in storage.
The term infertility is defined as a coupleâ€™s inability to conceive a child, while engaging in unprotected sex for the course of one year. If the female is under the age of 35, it is within six months. Infertility affects 7.3 million people in the United States that is roughly one out of every eight couples. One third of the reason for infertility is due to the female, one-third is due to the male, and one-third is due to a combination of the two.