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Banking On Healthy Eggs

Delaying Motherhood Women explore option of storing their ova to maintain their quality.

Reva Kamte is 34, Single and leads a rather hectic life managing her cloth business in south Mumbai.

A recent casual remark by her gynaecologist that the quality of the ova or the eggs produced by a woman's ovaries starts declining after the age of 35 ' began niggling her.

She wants to have children, but hasn't found the "right man".

So last December, Kamte decided to store her ova at an egg bank at the malpani infertility clinic in Colaba.

Although still in an experimental stage, banking on their healthy eggs is now an option that women, who choose to delay motherhood, are exploring it is the egg, which gets fertilized by a sperm to form a foetus. "Conceiving a baby becomes difficult with age. the egg quality after 35 declines drastically increasing the risk of the baby having physical or mental deformities," said Dr. Anirudh Malpani.

while infertility specialists have been using donor eggs for test tube babies for couples unable to conceive, banking on one's own healthy eggs is a recent trend.

In January 2008, Lilavati Hospital in Bandra was the first to start such a bank. so far, ten women have deposited their eggs at the egg bank and the hospital claims to receive atleast three inquiry every-month across the city, some 60 women, in their early 30 have store their egg with various in vitro fertility (IVF) center, so far none of the eggs stored in the banks have been fertilized to make a baby.

recently a popular model store her eggs at lilavati hospital egg bank. they want to keep their options ope without compromising with their careers or the desired man said Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Gynecologist and IVF Specialists at lilavati hospital.

a study conducted by two prominent UK universities for published in January in the general public library of science1 has found that nearly 95% of the women in the 30th have only an average of 12% of their original egg reserved, it further diminishes to 3% by egg of forty.

while most of the women obtain for such banks are ambitious or single, it is also an option available to cancer patients whos ovary are likely to get damage when expose to treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Alpana 28 years old cervical caner patient from Andheri was asked to deposite her ova in eggs bank by her cancer specialists.

however IVF expert Dr. Gautam Allhabadia says this bank are just an option and will on pickup after the result will be out.

the procedure not only new but also expensive and tedious moreover the success rate of abroad where the technique has been in use for several years various from 10 to 30%.

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