Posts Tagged ‘egg donor’

A Season for Resolution: Approaching an IVF 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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California Set to Lift Restrictions on Egg Donation

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

California is set to pass a bill that would allow payments over and above ‘direct expenses’ to be made to women who donate eggs for research. The bill promises to increase the supply of eggs to scientists studying reproduction, but will not eliminate restrictions on research supported by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in San Francisco, a major funder of stem-cell research in the state.

After passing in the California State Assembly on 2 May, the bill is likely to be subject to a vote in the state senate as early as Thursday, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, which represents fertility clinics and researchers, and pushed for the bill. “We expect this bill to pass and the governor to sign it,” says Sean Tipton, the society’s public-affairs director.
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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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Google Hangout- The Truth Behind Surrogacy and Egg Donation

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Huffington Post- There are many misconceptions about the dollars & cents involved in third-party reproduction. Treating infertility can be both expensive and emotionally difficult for couples in need. Surrogates and egg donors weigh in on joys and the obstacles. Check out this segment that covers the various perspectives of the experience, parent, surrogate and donor.

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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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It’s Not Too Early to Talk About Freezing Your Eggs

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

When Anne-Marie Slaughter — Princeton professor, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department, and mother of two — spoke to a mostly female crowd this past Monday night in D.C., she had this advice to young women entering the workplace and worried about the inevitable entanglement of personal and professional life: “Freeze your eggs.”

She brought up this idea in her article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” and it’s not as out-there as it sounds. While society is no closer to making it possible for women to delay their careers, the technology that enable us to put off having kids has already arrived. This October, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine transitioned egg freezing, or “oocyte cryopreservation,” away from the classification of “experimental.”

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Should 3-parent IVF be allowed to avoid disease?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Britain launched a public consultation on Monday to ask whether controversial “three-parent” fertility treatments should be available to families hoping to avoid passing on incurable diseases.

The potential treatments, currently only at research stage in laboratories in Britain and the United States, would involve implanting genetically modified embryos into women for the first 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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IVF Mom donates eggs to help others

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

‘I kept thinking, there’s a couple out there whose lives I could change’
Suzanne and Mark Harper couldn’t conceive, so they turned to IVF. Their daughter, Libby, was born after eight cyles. During the treatment, Suzanne decided to donate her eggs to help others.

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