Embryologists at Coastal Fertility Receive National Recognition for Excellence in Egg Freezing


Coastal Fertility Specialists is now 1 of 16 programs nation-wide and the first in South Carolina to receive the Seal of Quality Assurance in their egg freezing lab.  Coastal Fertility’s Head Embryologist and Laboratory Director, Dr. Tom O’Leary Ph.D.,HCLD and Senior Embryologist, Melissa Johnson have been given an award by Donor Egg Bank USA/ Frozen Egg Bank Network for excellence in Cryopreservation (egg freezing). In order to receive such an award, Embryologists in the network have passed a rigorous set of requirements.

“This is a big deal,” says Heidi Hayes CEO of Donor Egg Bank, USA. “Many fertility clinics say they are doing egg freezing, but very few are making babies from them. At Frozen Egg Bank Network, we only work with clinics that have significant experience in successfully freezing and thawing eggs, and Coastal Fertility Specialists is one such clinic.”

As egg freezing technology improved, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine declared the procedure no longer “experimental” in 2012 and cited studies showing frozen eggs could be as effective as fresh eggs for use in In-vitro fertilization (IVF). The advancement responsible for such success rates is called “vitrification”, a procedure in which eggs are frozen so quickly they have a better chance of surviving, undamaged, years later. Embryologists participating in the Frozen Egg Bank Network must achieve and maintain an 80 percent or greater egg survival rate. Participating clinics and embryologists must be recertified four times a year.

Embryologists whose programs have been given the Seal of Quality Assurance have passed a rigorous set of requirements, have collectively frozen and thawed 30,000 donor eggs, and have achieved a 50 percent clinical pregnancy rate per embryo transfer.

“Here at Coastal Fertility, we want as many women as possible to have the chance to protect their fertility now so they can maximize the likelihood of having a healthy baby later,” says Coastal Laboratory Director, Dr. Tom O’Leary. “Additionally, being able to use frozen donor eggs also helps women who can’t use their own, allowing them to have the family they might not otherwise be able to have.”

Frozen Egg Bank Network (part of Donor Egg Bank USA) is a nationwide network of top fertility practices with a proven track record freezing and thawing eggs. Our mission is to empower women to take charge of their reproductive health by helping them select quality egg freezing programs. For more information, please visit: www.frozeneggbanknetwork.com

Coastal Fertility Specialists has received the nation’s highest Level Lab Accreditation from the College of American Pathologists and has offices in Charleston, Bluffton, Columbia and Myrtle Beach. For more information visit: www.coastalfertilityspecialists.com

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