Egg Donation NY helps couples with infertility issues start and build their families.
For a variety of reasons and conditions, some couples are unable to conceive a child, mostly because the woman can not produce good quality eggs.
As a result, couples have experienced significant emotional and financial strain while trying to conceive a child on their own. In many cases they look to egg donors to make their dreams come true.
Through the process, egg donors receive the same kind of individualized attention and clinical vigilance as recipient couples. Since egg donation is a complicated medical process, donors’ safety is taken very seriously.
A typical egg donor process involves:
The first step in the egg donation process is the completion of a confidential questionnaire that assesses mental and physical health.
After reviewing the application donors are contacted and undergo a lengthy screening process, both physically and psychologically. If the medical profile and family history are sufficient the donor will be referred to a physician to assess psychological and medical profile. After the consultation, a physical examination including laboratory tests will be performed. Upon satisfactory results of these tests, a stamp of approval is given.
When approved as an egg donor, information is entered into a egg donor database. A wish list is submitted by a potential recipient couple identifying desired traits. When an appropriate match is found, donor characteristics are anonymously presented to the recipient couple. A recipient couple may accept or reject the egg donor. Once a match is made the egg donation cycle begins.
Ovarian stimulation begins. The average donor cycle lasts 3 to 5 weeks from the beginning of injectable medication until the day of retrieval.
Egg Donation NY offers online and telephone consultations about your fertility questions, including information on FSH hormone, IVF, and many other treatments and conditions.
Contrary to popular belief, new research published in Human Reproduction, says that unhealthy lifestyles have little impact on sperm quality and male infertility.
Infertile men are often told my doctors to radically change their lifestyle habits, but the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield suggests otherwise.
Current guidelines advise doctors to warn infertile men about the risks of smoking, alcohol consumption and recreational drug use, in addition to the dangers of being overweight and wearing tight underwear.
But research is now showing that common lifestyle choices make little difference to male fertility, based on how many swimming sperm men produce.
The study involved 2,249 men from 14 fertility clinics around the UK. The men completed detailed questionnaires about their lifestyle.
The information was then compared between 939 men who had low numbers of swimming sperm and a control group of 1,310 men who produced high numbers.
The research found that men who produced low numbers of swimming sperm were 2.5 times more likely to have had testicular surgery, twice as likely to be of black ethnicity, and 1.3 times more likely to be in manual work, not wear boxer shorts, and not have already fathered a child.
The use of recreational drugs, tobacco and alcohol, as well as weight measured by body mass index (BMI), had little effect.
These finding can potentially change the current advice given to men about how they might improve their fertility and suggests that many common lifestyle risks may not be as important as previously believed.
However, experts suggest that, despite their study findings, it’s important for men continue to follow sensible health advice and watch their weight, stop smoking and drink alcohol in moderation.
In the meantime scientists will continue developing an effective male infertility treatment.
Embryo donation, known as embryo adoption from the donor embryo recipient’s perspective, refers to when the embryos that are left over from one couple’s in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle are donated to another couple.
The donor embryo is placed into the recipient’s uterus with the hope that it will result in a successful pregnancy. The child belongs to the woman who carries it to term and who gives birth, but his or her genetic traits are those of the embryo donor.
Embryo donors are carefully screened for health problems and genetic diseases prior to the retrieval of eggs and sperm to create the embryos when they are undergoing IVF. In addition, donors may be rescreened at the time of embryo donation. Donor egg recipients also must undergo medical screening and testing.
IVF treatments often leave an excess of embryos, which the individual or couple may freeze for future frozen embryo transfers. Once it is decided that their family is complete, there may still be frozen embryos available.
Embryo donation is a developing field where success rates are measured by live births per embryo transfer, depending on the embryo’s quality, the egg donor’s age, the number of embryos transferred and the embryo’s developmental stage when frozen. According to the National Embryo Donation Center, the organization’s live birth rate with embryo donation is 50%.
Choosing embryo donation is also more cost-effective. According to RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, the average cost of embryo donation ranges from $2,500 to $4,000, while the average cost of an IVF cycle is $12,400.
Endometriosis is hard to pronounce, let alone understand. What’s even more uncertain is how endometriosis and infertility are connected. Here is a quick break down on the subject.
What is endometriosis?
Every month, your ovaries release the hormones estrogen and progesterone that make the endometrium grow thicker for the anticipation of an egg. If you get pregnant, the fertilized egg attaches to the endometrium and starts to grow. If you do not get pregnant, the hormone levels drop and the endometrium breaks down, and your body sheds the tissue during your menstrual period.
With endometriosis, the endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus in other parts of the body, like the lower abdomen or pelvis (the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the ligaments that support the uterus, the outer surface of the uterus, on the outside of the intestines, and on the lining of the pelvic cavity).
Adenomyosis is the name of endometrial tissue growing within the uterine muscular walls . The growths of endometrial tissue outside the normal location are usually not malignant or cancerous.
The problem with these growths is that the tissues begin to behave like normal endometrial tissue. They build up each month, break down, and cause bleeding. But unlike the lining of the uterus, the blood from these growths does not leave the body. This internal bleeding inflames the surrounding areas and forms scar tissue that makes it more difficult to get pregnant.
How does endometriosis affect fertility?
Even women with a mild to moderate form of the disease are able to conceive. Infertility is more common in women with severe forms of the disease, but the reasons are not completely understood. They may include scar tissue within the pelvis that may distort normal structures, such as the fallopian tubes that transport the eggs from the ovaries. Perhaps too much estrogen may have a negative effect on ovulation, fertilization of the egg, including implantation of the embryo. More study is needed.
How is endometriosis treated?
Endometriosis treatment may provide pain relief, stop the progression of the disease, and preserve or restore fertility. If your only concern is to reduce pain and bleeding, you can take hormone medication that will stop ovulation and shrink the lesions. The problem is that this therapy also prevents pregnancy.
If you want to get pregnant laparoscopy can cut out and remove adhesions and scar tissue that causes pain or infertility. Doctors can also use a laser beam or electric current to destroy them, as well as remove cysts found in the ovary. The symptoms of endometriosis usually improve if you become pregnant.
Have a question about endometriosis and infertility? Don’t hesitate to ask or discuss in the comments section your own experiences living with the disease.
National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) began in 1989 with a goal to raise awareness about infertility and to encourage the public to understand their reproductive health. During the week tell the world (or Facebook and Twitter) that people with infertility matter and ask them to help you spread the word. To guide you through a few ins and outs, here are some easy facts to get you started.
What is infertility?
Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system often diagnosed after a couple has had one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse, or if the woman has suffered from multiple miscarriages and is under 35 years of age. If she is over 35 years old, it is diagnosed after 6 months of unprotected, well-timed intercourse. After a diagnosis many couples begin infertility treatments.
Who gets it?
Infertility is a medical problem. Approximately 30% of infertility is due to a female factor and 30% is due to a male factor. In the balance of the cases, infertility results from problems in both partners or the cause of the infertility cannot be explained.
What are the risk factors?
Weight, age, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), Tubal Disease, Endometriosis, DES exposure, smoking and alcohol
What are the signs and symptoms?
Often there are no signs or symptoms associated with an infertility problem. Listen to your body and get regular checkups. Early detection and treatment are often critical to achieve successful pregnancies.
How is infertility treated?
Medical technology now offers more answers and treatment options to men and women trying to conceive a child. From hormonal treatments, ovulation induction and Intrauterine insemination to more advanced technologies like in vitro fertilization, ICSI to surrogacy, egg/sperm donation and even embryo donation.
What medications are used?
There are a variety of medications used to treat infertility. It is important to understand the medications and what their purpose is and to speak with your physician about the medications that will be used in your specific treatment plan.
What is artificial insemination?
It is a procedure used for couples with unexplained infertility, minimal male infertility, and women with cervical mucus problems. The procedure uses the husband’s or donor’s sperm, washing and treating the sperm, and then injecting it into the woman during the time of ovulation.
What is In Vitro or IVF?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) gets its name from the fact that fertilization occurs outside of the woman’s body, in a lab dish instead of a woman’s fallopian tubes. Typically, a woman will use ovulation stimulating drugs to produce an excess number of eggs. These eggs are surgically removed from the woman and fertilized in dish with sperm. If fertilization takes place, the physician transfers the embryo(s) into the women’s uterus.
All this week help spread the word about infertility through social media platforms like facebook and Twitter. There are many infertility treatments available for hopeful parents struggling with this condition and it’s important for them to know that they’re not alone.