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Myths and Facts About Egg Donation

Women who donate their eggs play a vital role in helping intended couples become parents. If you are interested in being part of creating a family for those who cannot conceive on their own, you can donate your eggs. You may have questions or have some misconceptions about egg donation and we want to make sure you have the correct information, especially when there is so much information available through social media and the internet.

Are women who donate their eggs only in it for the money?

Women who decide to become an egg donor do not do it for financial gain. While it is true that egg donors are generously compensated for their services, they also have an obligation to be dependable and commit to the entire egg donation process.  As an egg donor, you can earn compensation between $7,000 to $10,000. To qualify, we look for healthy females with proportionate Body Mass Index (BMI) who are between 21 and 31 years of age of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds. There are time commitments, medical screenings, and tests that an egg donor needs to adhere to. We believe that egg donors receive personal and emotional satisfaction and joy by helping others to create a family.

Will egg donors have eggs left if they want to have a child?

Women are born with one to two million eggs and over the years the eggs will die naturally. A woman’s body cannot generate any more eggs throughout the years. An egg donor will provide 10 to 20 eggs per donation cycle, which can happen more than once.  After egg donation, women are still fertile, so she can get pregnant and have her own child even after donating their eggs. Egg donation will not complicate future fertility. In fact, donating eggs is safe with no related significant health complications. We recommend discussing your options with a health professional to discuss any potential side effects that may occur with egg donation.

These are only a few of the common concerns or misconceptions about egg donation that we shared. We are here to give individuals and couples who are struggling with infertility hope to create a family and enjoy the miracle of having a child. If you are curious about the surrogacy process or interested in egg donation, we are always here to listen and help with whatever questions or concerns you have. We have caring and compassionate staff available to discuss options and we want you to have the best experience possible. Contact us at any time!

Should I Freeze My Eggs?

Are you feeling pressured to have a baby? Is your biological clock ticking? The good news is that with new technology women can freeze their eggs which can remove pressures from family and society to have a child by a certain age. This can be a relief to women in their mid-20s, 30s and early 40s who have delayed pursuing a family due to career or other health factors that may have interrupted the hope of childbirth. Older, professional women are taking advantage of freezing their eggs while younger women are using this option as an insurance policy for a second or third pregnancy. Experts recommend for women to freeze their eggs before they turn 40. As women age, fertility declines quickly, so the earlier you freeze your eggs, the more viable and healthier they may be.

When going through the process of freezing your eggs, you will need to undergo hormone treatment for a few weeks. Afterward, the eggs are extracted during a quick outpatient procedure with minimal recovery time. When you are ready to get pregnant, the clinic will thaw the eggs, inject sperm into them and wait for up to five days for the embryos to conceive. Then the most viable embryo is implanted in the uterus. It is necessary to take a hormone supplement to encourage the body to accept the pregnancy.

The process of freezing eggs is not for every woman, so it is advised to do plenty of research on the subject. There is a cost factor to consider, as it can be an expensive procedure. Costs can range around $10,000 depending on the number of eggs you freeze. Typically, it is recommended to have between 12 and 20 high-quality eggs frozen, but this varies by age. There is also an annual storage charge of a few hundred dollars, an implantation fee as well as costs if there is a need for additional rounds.

Also, you need to be realistic and understand that getting pregnant may not work even when you freeze your eggs if they are too past their prime. Some tests and tools can assess the success of specific fertility treatments. Such information will help you know your odds of success by accounting for your age, BMI, hormone markers measured by blood tests, as well as fertility and reproductive history.  Also, finding the right specialist is crucial so you have all the information up front and feel comfortable with the procedure.

If you are interested in exploring your options to have a child, contact our fertility experts to have your questions answered. We are here to offer you support through a beautiful and exciting journey.

Struggles With Infertility

 

The last thing any couple wants to cope with is infertility. Some couples that struggle with infertility won’t be able to experience the excitement of calling family and friends after a positive pregnancy test or ultrasound. Couples are often silent in agony and despair hoping for the miracle of getting pregnant and having a child of their own. Just know that you are not alone; many suffer from infertility, and you may not even know.

Those dealing with infertility may experience feeling down or damaged. They also may compare themselves to others and question why they are infertile. Couples may invest time, tears and money in hopes of overcoming their infertility.  For some, infertility treatments may work, while others will be devastated. Infertility is an emotional roller coaster with feelings of anger, frustration, disappointment, heartbreak, anxiety and everything else in between.

In fact, conversations about having children are avoided since many do not want to talk about their experience with infertility. Many prefer to say that they don’t want a family instead of admitting they are having difficulties conceiving.  Also, friends or family who experience pregnancy can bring those dealing with infertility into depression.  Everyday events, such as going to a baby shower or walking by a baby in a stroller can be stressful.

In our society, infertility is not talked about openly, and for that reason, many people suffer in silence. Infertility can disconnect you from your partner, family, and friends who can often be the ones that can provide the support that you need. We are always here to offer other solutions for anyone struggling with infertility.