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Egg bank planned for city hospital

SHANGHAI will set up the city's first egg bank in the following three years to store human eggs for fertilization.

Under a three-year public health construction plan, Shanghai will establish a comprehensive reproductive medicine diagnosis and treatment center, which includes an egg bank.

About 15 percent of local couples have reproductive disorders and its prevalence is growing and impacting on younger couples, said Dr Di Wen from Renji Hospital, which will host the reproductive medicine center.

The bank will store donors' eggs and women's own eggs.

Doctors said egg storage holds hope in particular for cancer patients who might become infertile because of the effects of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. They can store their eggs before having chemotherapy or other procedures that expose them to radiation or toxicants.

Di said establishing an egg bank is very meaningful to the public and to local medical development, since it is never a simple task.

"Compared with sperm storage, egg storage is much more difficult and the technology is among the most advanced in the world," he said. "Egg storage is a dehydration procedure and the key is to reduce injury to the egg during the procedure to ensure the frozen egg can awaken and be fertilized."


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