What would you say if I told you the fertility preservation methods of the future were as easy as making yourself a bowl of oatmeal, or pouring your morning cup of coffee? Well, get ready because that is the future! The newest method of egg preservation? Freeze drying! Yup, that’s right! Freeze drying your eggs! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
An Israeli research firm called Core Dynamics is working on a revolutionary new technique to preserve a woman’s eggs that freeze dries them into a powder like substance, where they can then be stored in a sealed packet, at room temperature, almost indefinitely.
So, what happens when the woman decides that she is ready to have a baby? You just add water! And, sperm, of course! The eggs will have to be re-hydrated first with water, then sperm will have to be added. After that, the fertilized eggs will need to be transferred to the uterus.
What makes this technique of freeze drying eggs different is that it involves the vitrification of the eggs. This method is super fast, and allows for no ice crystals to form on the eggs themselves. Up to this point, this is the same method that is currently used to freeze eggs.
After that however, the eggs are stored in low pressure chambers at very low temperatures for 24 hours, until they are fully dry. The result of this method is freeze dried eggs that can remain at room temperature for years and years.
This method could be a very good thing for women looking to freeze their eggs, since it will be less expensive than having to pay for keeping them frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen. And, having their eggs at their own homes would give women a peace of mind about their location, and ensure that they weren’t being mistreated or used for anyone else by mistake.
This just goes to show us how rapidly the world of fertility is changing. There is always something new and exciting on the horizon and the next big thing is just minutes away! Recently, scientists tested this exciting technique using cow eggs, and the results were promising!
Of the thirty eggs that the scientists tested, twenty three of them were viable after they were rehydrated. Now, the eggs will be fertilized and then tested to see if they can, in fact, develop into healthy embryos.