One egg donor shares her story

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One egg donor shares her storyA woman writes in her diary, “Today I was chosen for an egg donor cycle. There are a lot of thoughts going through my head right now. I’m excited, but a bit nervous. I can’t wait to have a child of my own. I would be so upset if I couldn’t get pregnant and would definitely consider egg donation.”

Caderina Carrizosa is a 22 year-old Biological Science major and one of the many thousands of young women choosing to be an egg donor. She shares excerpts from her journal to help other women who are considering becoming an egg donor.

“The thought of helping someone who is struggling with infertility gives me a feeling of joy, but on the other hand, I know I am going to have to inject myself with shots and that terrifies me. I just have to remind myself why I am doing this. I know I would be so thankful if someone went through this for me,” Caderina adds.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1984, it’s estimated one in seven couples experience infertility and that 100,000 children have been born from donor eggs in the U.S.

Caderina was chosen because she met all genetic, physical and psychological screenings. While it is extremely rare, some donors drop out well into the process.

Donors must be committed to being an egg donor. They must be dependable and follow protocol. The egg donation process involves planning, expense for the recipient, effort, and emotional investment.

“If you think about what all is involved, the financial compensation is really not the incentive. I had to take time off work, get up early to go to appointments, give myself shots, and then plan for the day of retrieval, which I then had a day or two of recovery. I am normally very active. I work out everyday. I hike. I run trails. I had to change my lifestyle for a few weeks,” writes Caderina.

Egg Donor NY offers online and telephone consultation to couples struggling with infertility and can offer alternative approaches to achieving pregnancy.

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Donor eggs from younger women could be the key for those over 40

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Donor eggs from younger women could be beneficial for women over 40Older women should consider using donor eggs from younger woman, a new study shows.

Predictably, women under the age of 34 have the greatest chances of becoming pregnant through IVF.

However, according to research older women with low ovarian reserve can achieve pregnancy by using donor eggs from younger women.

The study looked at the chances of conception by taking into account age, the diagnosis that caused the patient to seek fertility treatment, whether additional preserved embryos, and the stage when the embryos were transferred.

Lead study author Barbara Luke, professor and epidemiologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing states that when women require fertility treatment, there isn’t a simple answer about their chances of conception, and a lot of factors needs to be considered.

After the third treatment cycle, women aged 31 and younger had a 63 to 75% chance of ending up with a baby, compared with women 41 or 42 who used their own egg and had a 19 to 28% chance. Those 43 or older had a 7 to 11% chance. When donor eggs from younger women were used, the rates were much higher, usually hovering between 60 and 80%, for all ages.

What this says is that using a younger egg improves the chances of conception.

The study was published in the June 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It tracked data on nearly 250,000 women and 471,000 in vitro fertilization cycles from 2004 to 2009 at 400 clinics, resulting in 141,000 babies.

The study shows that women over 40 should evaluate their odds and consider using a donor egg more quickly.

The research also took into consideration infertility diagnoses that could influence chances of success. Low ovarian reserve was associated with lower odds of a live birth. Fibroids, endometriosis or adhesions on the uterus were also associated with a lower success rate.

On the flip side, other factors like male infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome and tubal factor infertility, had less of an impact.

 

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Trial to determine benefits of frozen embryo transfer

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Trial to determine benefits of frozen embryo transferA new in vitro fertilisation trial has been established to test the effectiveness of a frozen embryo transfer.

At present, women undergoing IVF have fresh embryos implanted after stimulating the ovaries to produce more eggs through the use of hormones.

Still, if the first cycle is unsuccessful, any collected embryos that are not immediately used are frozen and can be implanted at a later date, or after a successful pregnancy for patients trying to have another baby.

IVF clinic Genea claims its success rates for frozen embryos are now on par with fresh embryos.

The trial is investigating the advantages of transferring a frozen embryo into the uterus during a natural menstrual cycle rather than straight after the use of hormone drugs, when the lining of the uterus might not be as receptive.

The transfer of a fresh rather than a frozen embryo has been the traditional model for IVF and is promoted by some clinics as the  ultimate standard.

But the best and quickest way to achieve a healthy baby may be from transferring a single frozen and thawed embryo.

The research involves 200 patients, and comes after an Australian study published last month found that birth defects were significantly decreased among IVF babies conceived from a frozen rather than a fresh embryo.

Embryo donation in NYC offers online and telephone consultations about frozen embryo transfer and other fertility treatments in and outside of the U.S.

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New Natural Polycystic Ovary Syndrome treatment now available in U.S.

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome treatmentA natural supplement previously only available in Europe, has been released in the United States to help millions of women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome treatment (PCOS).

Approximately 10% of women between the ages of 14 and 40 have PCOS, a devastating combination of hormone imbalances that can lead to severe medical and reproductive difficulties including hypertension, obesity, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, insulin resistance, type II diabetes, breast cancer, uterine cancer, irregular menstrual cycles, acne, increased facial and body hair growth, difficulty conceiving, an increased risk of miscarriages, and pregnancy complications such as hypertension and gestational diabetes.

Scott Roseff, MD, FACOG, of the South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine (SFIRM), is a renowned fertility specialist and expert in the diagnosis and treatment of PCOS. Dr. Roseff investigated Pregnitude (Everett Labs, NJ), an all-natural supplement designed to address the deficiencies found in the ovaries of women plagued by PCOS, and found that it improved insulin resistance with the same effectiveness as prescription-only metformin but without metformin’s high incidence of side effects.

Women with fertility challenges ovulated on over-the-counter Pregnitude as frequently as patients taking prescription Clomid but were free of the adverse reactions and risks commonly known with Clomid.

Many patients undergoing IVF treatment were found to have better quality eggs and embryos after taking Pregnitude.

Pregnitude can benefit women and aid Polycystic Ovary Syndrome treatment as well as those suffering from various types of infertility. Pregnitude combines myo-inositol and folic acid and became available in U.S. pharmacies this month without a prescription.

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How far would you go to have a baby?

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Premature Ovarian FailureIf you were diagnosed with premature ovarian failure, how far would you go to have a baby? Would you place advertisements for prospective birth moms around your neighbourhood?

Nicky and Erik Nelson of Moorhead, United States, are using methods that range from word-of-mouth among relatives and friends, to social networking, in their comprehensive search for a baby.

In addition to posting fliers in places like grocery stores and Moorhead Center Mall, they have added a window slick to their car, launched an adoption Facebook page and included adoption-minded business cards with their social worker’s contact information in their Christmas cards.

Every little bit can help. The trend toward networking and outreach has really taken off in the last three years.

Nicky has a genetic condition called premature ovarian failure, which required getting a hysterectomy in 2005.

After exhausting traditional methods of adoption, and finding no results, the Nelsons began considering outreach last year. At 35 and 36 respectively, Nicky and Erick felt they only had so much time before they were too old to adopt a newborn.

On Nicky’s birthday she left her first business card in a mall restroom in St. Cloud, Minn. It wasn’t easy, but she did it.

For safety, the Nelsons’ set up a special Google voice number and email specifically for adoption-related queries, and they posted Haugen’s contact information in case potential birth parents don’t want to contact them directly.

For many couples this method of finding prospective birth mothers has become more common, as they have become disillusioned with the regulating authorities that delay and set barriers to a more speedy process.

The Nelsons have yet to receive a telephone call from their latest efforts, but they are hopeful that soon they will be proud parents.

Egg donor NYC offers free consultation for couples who are having difficulty achieving pregnancy, and provide alternatives that they may not yet have considered.

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