Archive for the ‘Egg Donation’ Category

New Zealand: Call to pay egg donors compensation

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

New Zealand: Egg donors should be paid up to $3000 to stop increasingly desperate couples traveling overseas for fertility treatment, an advisory committee says.

Between $1000 and $3000 has been suggested as payment to donors, with the aim of encouraging more people to donate eggs, and sperm – but without turning babies into business.

New Zealand’s advisory committee on reproductive technology (Acart) will make the recommendations to Health Minister Tony Ryall next month.

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A Season for Resolution: Approaching an I.V.F. Deadline

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

I usually adore the holiday season.

But not this year. Holidays aren’t easy when you’re trying to have a baby. And it is not just because families are everywhere: Tourists crowd the streets rushing to buy last-minute presents, holiday cards with pictures of growing broods cram my mailbox, and all over the Internet happy families are making wacky videos about Christmas Jammies, or gathering their extended clans for a treacly iPhone commercial (where the antisocial teenage son isn’t texting on his phone – no, no, no, he’s making an amazing family movie).

Holidays are upsetting for the childless, for the uncoupled, for those without family, for all the sick, lonely and suffering people because they signify the passage of time, another year gone by.

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Overcoming infertility after a childhood cancer

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

While treatments for pediatric cancers have largely been a success story, leading to a survival rate of above 80 percent, some of the lifesaving therapies have left female survivors with infertility problems in their adult years. But a study led by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital provides a glimmer of hope for these women.
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Japan: Births involving donor eggs has tripled since 2009

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Japan: Births involving donor eggs have more than tripled over the past three years, a government survey says.

According to a survey conducted by a health ministry study group, the national birth rate for donor eggs rose to 0.051 percent in 2012, compared with 0.015 percent in 2009.

The survey, carried out by a group led by Keio University professor Yasunori Yoshimura, found that donor eggs were involved in 117 births.

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Asian egg donor shortage in UK “forcing couples abroad”

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

An increasing number of childless Asian couples are travelling to India for fertility treatment because of a shortage of south Asian egg donors in the UK.

One couple who made the journey to India are 54-year-old Sunil and his wife Smita, 49 (their names have been changed) from the West Midlands.

Like one in six couples trying for a baby, the pair – a professional couple who married in their 40s – experienced problems conceiving. Their only hope of becoming parents is through IVF treatment using a donated egg.
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Article: Infertility and the media

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

It used to be that characters on popular television shows would find out in one episode that they’ve miscarried or can’t have children for one reason or another and in the next episode, they are adopting. Is any progress being made?
It was frustrating that they didn’t cover treating infertility or they treated it so lightly that no one could really grasp how all-encompassing the process truly is, but it may be changing for the better.

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Careers and Egg Freezing

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

CNN- With egg freezing, women can use their own banked eggs later in life to effectively rewind their biological clock, becoming mothers in their 40s, 50s and beyond. It’s a technological game changer that just might allow women to defy the notion that they can’t have it all. Read this thought provoking article which weighs the pros and cons of delaying familybuilding.

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Donate Eggs For Research? California Bill Seeks To Compensate Women

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Five years ago, Alice Crisci froze her eggs, knowing she could be left infertile after chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

Now, cancer-free and 10 weeks pregnant, Crisci is a passionate donor advocate and a vocal critic of a California law that some say has stymied fertility research. That law prohibits women from being compensated for donating their eggs for medical research, despite payments to subjects in other human research studies.

Women can be compensated in cases where eggs are donated for fertility treatments, with industry guidelines suggesting payments of $5,000 to $10,000.

Few women voluntarily go through the invasive and time-consuming procedure without compensation, leading to a shortage of healthy oocytes, commonly called eggs, for research.

That could change under a recently introduced bill that would allow women to be compensated for their time, trouble and inconvenience when donating eggs for research.
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Sisters separated in childhood find new bond through egg donation

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Texas–”How special are you?” Juliet Pearrell asks her 4-year-old daughter, Emma.–

“Part of it was Aunt Jen, then Daddy, a whole lot of God and then Mommy did the rest,” Emma says, explaining how her life began.

Emma’s life is special indeed: Her aunt, Jen Kimble, donated an egg to her sister, Juliet, to allow Juliet and her husband to have their own child after years of unsuccessfully trying to conceive.

The bond they share from this process is only the beginning of trying to make up for lost time.
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Emotional aid important when facing infertility

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Mara Kofoed was not always hopeful about having kids. When she first started trying for children in 2004, and learned that she had fertility issues, her life seemed full of fear and anxiety. She worried she’d never have children.

Kofoed is one of the 7.4 percent — 2.1 million — of married women aged 15-44 who are infertile, according to the Center for Disease Control. Infertility is defined as trying for pregnancy for 12 consecutive months without success. The study also shows 7.3 million women in this age bracket, or 11.8 percent, struggle with impaired fecundity, or the diminished ability to have children. While there are multiple medical options and remedies for women and men struggling with infertility, there is also a nationwide push toward often neglected emotional and spiritual treatments.
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