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What is Egg Augmentation?

Egg Augmentation

Infertility can occur for a number of reasons including the quality of a woman’s egg reserve. Poor quality eggs can result in difficulty getting pregnant and increase the chance of miscarriage. Therefore, using the highest quality eggs possible improve success rates and decrease loss. Many times, couples who are dealing with low egg quality turn to the use of donor eggs in order to have a family. Advances in the field of fertility medicine are changing that need. Today, a process known as egg augmentation can help to improve the health of a woman’s eggs and allow her to have her own biological children.

Egg Health 

A number of things factor into the health of an egg. One of them is the amount of mitochondria in side of the egg. Mitochondria are small and are located inside of an egg, and are responsible for producing energy for the egg. That energy is necessary for the egg and resulting embryo to thrive and develop normally. Researchers believe that issues arise due to low quality eggs that have insufficient mitochondria to continue sustaining an embryos development.

Egg Augmentation

The process of egg augmentation aims to increase the amount of mitochondria in a woman’s eggs. In order to accomplish this, a woman’s own immature eggs are harvested. Those eggs have mitochondria which is then used to augment the mitochondria reserve in a mature egg. These augmented eggs have additional energy and are better equipped to become fertilized, develop as embryos and ultimately result in a healthy baby.

Use of Augmented Eggs

While the practice of augmenting eggs is still in its infancy, the practice has already had great results. A baby was born in Canada in 2015 as a result of the practice. Researchers believe this technique has the potential to help many couples for whom egg quality was an issue.

For additional information on the use of egg augmentation, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

Topics: Fertility, Infertility, egg augmentation

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