India’s First Frozen Oocyte + Sperm Baby @ Iswarya Fertility Center-doctor-chandralekha-200x300.jpg

A 37-year-old woman from Arakkonam in Vellore district became the first in India to conceive a baby from frozen egg and sperm, according to the Iswarya Women’s Hospital and Fertility Centre.

The Chennai-based hospital had successfully induced pregnancy by injecting a seven-month-old frozen sperm into the frozen egg.It is a first-of-its-kind case in the country, said Dr Chandralekha, Medical Director of Iswarya Women’s Hospital and Fertility Centre.

Meenu (name changed) could not conceive even after 10 years of marriage due to ovarian failure and testicular dysgenesis of her husband.Finally, when all the fertility treatments failed, the couple decided to opt for donated sperms and eggs.The frozen eggs were thawed and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection was administered with similarly thawed sperms.This resulted in three good embryos, which were later transferred into Meenu’s uterus. Fifteen days later, pregnancy test showed positive. After 45 days, the uterus showed live single pregnancy.

Dr Chandralekha told Express that several medical institutions and hospitals across the country were trying to use frozen eggs and sperms for pregnancy, but never succeeded as the freezing of eggs at minus 196 degrees required precision.”The other hospitals and clinics are still in research to achieve frozen eggs that are capable of producing embryos,” she added.On the success in producing embryos, she said cancer patients needed to undergo radiation and the fear of infertility was high among them.The patients’ eggs and sperms could be preserved using freezing technique and later used for successful pregnancy.

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