Ireland will see its first babies born from embryo vitrification

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Vitrification is a quick-freeze technique used to store embryos and even eggs used in fertility treatments.

The method overcomes the formation of ice crystals commonly observed in slow-freeze techniques, which can be detrimental to the viability of the embryos.

Embryo vitrification has been used successfully is the U.S. for a few years, but didn’t become a standard in Ireland until three clinics were licensed by the Irish Medicines Board in early 2012.

Now, a number of Irish women are awaiting the birth of their babies, who were conceived using embryo vitrification.  Their births are expected in early 2013.

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