Waiting lists for donated eggs surge after China's child policy loosened

China has witnessed a growing shortage of donated eggs as more couples chose to have children after the country relaxed its family planning policy in 2016.

Couples unable to have children are having to wait up to 10 years for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment in public hospitals this year, Yangtze Evening News reported.

The demand for assisted reproductive technology has risen significantly after the country loosened its policy, allowing couples to have two children. Patients with infertility have had to wait in long queues at hospitals in recent days.

Based on the materials from: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1079547.shtml

'Begging for eggs' inside Australia's altruistic donor system

A chronic shortage of egg donors in Australia, caused by out-dated federal and state laws, has forced desperate would-be mothers to begging online.

That is the claim made by a group of women who have made an urgent plea to change laws prohibiting donor payments. Twelve women, many who ended up traveling to international clinics to pay for eggs, have detailed to Nine the rollercoaster challenge of trying to find donors in Australia.

The group collectively described the unregulated environment created by current federal and state legislation as needlessly unfair and arduous, and often upsetting.They also spoke about being subjected to questionable demands by altruistic donors on Australia's largest online egg donation forum, Egg Donation Australia (EDA).

Based on the materials from: https://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/11/29/15/30/australian-women-forced-to-beg-for-eggs-shortage-of-altruistic-donors-ivf

How To Tell Your Child They’ve Been Born With Help From An Egg Donor

While the rules surrounding the anonymity of donors varies from country to country, there is no legal obligation to tell a child they have been born as a result of a donor.

Don’t tell family and friends if you don’t intend to tell your child

This is one of the biggest mistake parents can make. A lot of parents decide not to tell the child but then tell family and friends instead. In these cases there’s a huge risk the child can find out from someone else.

Deciding whether or not to tell the child is complex and there’s no right or wrong answer from a psychological or academic sense. But whatever you decide, make it consistent.

Don’t talk before the child is able to understand

It is usually better to start the conversation with a younger child, but it depends on how mature their understanding is.

You shouldn’t try and sit a two-year-old at a dinner table and tell them they’re from an egg donor. It simply won’t work.

The main thing to remember is it’s wise to talk to your child when you feel they’re ready to understand it a little bit.

Based on materials of the article that you can read here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jana-brezinova/how-to-tell-your-child-th_1_b_18257508.html

Most men in the US and Europe could be infertile by 2060

Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analysed data on the sperm counts of 42,935 men, found no decline in sperm counts in men from Asia, Africa and South America, although there was limited data from these areas.

Overall, this is a very disturbing report. There has been a longstanding debate among scientists as to whether sperm counts have decreased or not. But what’s different about this study is the quality of the analysis. It was done in a systematic manner, accounting for several of the problems that had affected previous studies, such as the method used to count sperm and comparing studies performed sometimes decades apart. As such, most experts agree that the data presented is of a high quality and that the conclusions, although alarming, are reliable.

Based on: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/08/most-men-in-the-us-and-europe-could-be-infertile-by-2060?utm_content=buffera5d16&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Fight to recognize voluntary embryo donation in Australia

"...I had spent six years on the IVF path. The grief I moved through was not only about letting go of having my “own” child, but involved full and final acknowledgment of how much I had put my body, soul and bank balance through in trying to realise my dream.

I chastised myself for having never put my own eggs on ice, an option that I was vaguely aware of but had always been trumped by my ideal of creating a family “naturally”. I berated myself for my failed relationships and terrible taste in men.

I already had sperm — a good number of vials frozen in a Californian cryobank. Now I needed eggs. I was both surprised and disappointed to discover that remunerated egg donation is illegal in Australia. I was left crossing my fingers in hopes of biological philanthropy, either via a family member or an angelic stranger, but time was not on my side. I needed to hustle and that meant going overseas..."

The story of a young woman fighting for her right to be mother.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2sDG9ZF

1st Japan birth achieved via egg from unnamed donor

It is the first case in Japan of a birth resulting from an anonymous third-party egg. Until now, only eggs provided by recipients’ sisters, friends or acquaintances had been used for fertility treatments at limited medical institutions.

Donors and couples would not know each other’s information. However, when a child turns 15, they will be able to learn — if desired — the name and contact information of the donor.

Legal systems and other matters on reproductive medicine have been developed in many countries, where egg donation from third parties has become widespread as an option for fertility treatment.

On top of complicating family relationships, the practice puts physical burdens on donors. Though a council of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry compiled a report in 2003 to conditionally accept egg donation and called for relevant legislation, it has yet to materialize.

based on the materials from: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003593568

Frozen Donor Eggs May Lead to Fewer Births Than Fresh Ones

Infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be less likely to give birth if they use frozen eggs from donors instead of fresh donor eggs, a new study finds.

“Our research demonstrated that — contrary to some claims made mostly by commercial interests — frozen eggs offer a lower chance of pregnancy and delivery chance after IVF than fresh eggs,” said study co-author Dr. Norbert Gleicher, medical director and chief scientist with the Center for Human Reproduction in New York City. “Patients should be made aware of this fact, before making a choice.”

“While frozen donor egg cycles resulted in a somewhat lower percentage of live births than fresh in this national report, this outcome is not unexpected since recipients of frozen eggs typically get fewer eggs for a treatment half as expensive as traditional donor egg with fresh eggs,” said Dr. James Toner, president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Based on the materials from http://news.health.com/

Read the full articles here: http://bit.ly/1Jb3uWE

China bans egg freezing for single women

The health ministry said single women cannot use "assisted reproductive technology" to preserve fertility, while couples must present their marriage certificate, identity cards and birth permits and prove that at least one partner is suffering from fertility issues if they want to use the technology, the Global Times reported.

Lin Ge, deputy head of the Reproductive and Genetic Hospital of Citic-Xiangya, said the technology started in the 1990s and has mainly been used together with in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Lin said since egg freezing does not necessarily involve IVF, it is not technically an "assisted reproductive technology".

Li Mei, the head of the advanced laboratory of the Reproductive Hospital affiliated with Shandong University, told the Global Times that the technology still faces challenges despite its high success rate.

Based on articles from: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1EJb4Ur

Norwegian Biotechnology Council recommends that egg donation be made legal in Norway

More than 5 million children in Europe have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies, yet many European countries, including Norway, have regulations that restrict different aspects of these technologies. The result is that European women travel elsewhere to get services that are not currently available in their home countries. Now, the Norwegian Biotechnology Council is recommending that egg donation be made legal in Norway.

The majority of the Biotechnology Council members justify their position with the fact that many childless individuals want to see infertile women and men treated alike when it comes to donation access. Sperm donation has long been practiced in Norway, and now the Biotechnology Council is proposing to also allow egg donation. Helping women to have a long-awaited child is the primary argument of support for this change.

Based on the materials from: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150601/Norwegian-Biotechnology-Council-recommends-that-egg-donation-be-made-legal-in-Norway.aspx

Scots travelling abroad for IVF due to shortage of egg donors

Hundreds of Scottish women are travelling abroad for private IVF because a shortage of donors at home is reducing their chances of success. Doctors have found that once a woman has turned 35, egg donation has significantly higher success rates than IVF using her own eggs.

The procedure is carried out in Scottish clinics, however there are few egg donors and waiting lists are long.

A Scottish Government ­spokesman said: "There is a ­shortage of egg donors across the UK and in Scotland. However, we recognise the issue and are working to address it. That is exactly why we have set up an expert group to look at the challenges and set out a way forward for NHS provision of both egg and sperm donation in Scotland."

Based on materials from: http://www.heraldscotland.com/

First Italian pregnant after egg donor ban lift

The first pregnancy by egg donation in Italy has been announced, described as a "moment of great emotion", just weeks after a ban on the fertility treatment was lifted by the country's constitutional court.

The ban on the fertility treatment was lifted in mid-June, after the constitutional court ruled in April that the controversial Law 40 went against Italians’ right to have a family. The law was introduced in 2004, during Silvio Berlusconi’s second term in office.

Following the court’s decision earlier this year, Italy’s approach to fertility treatment is currently under review.

Based on materials from: http://www.thelocal.it/20140722/first-egg-donation-pregnancy-after-ban-lifted

Italian court overturns divisive ban on donor eggs, sperm

Italy's constitutional court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments on Wednesday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproduction.

The court said in a statement the ban breached the constitution, without going into further detail, and lawyers in the case said the ruling was effective immediately.

Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said parliament would have to debate on how to implement the latest constitutional court ruling, saying there were still questions about respecting donors' rights to anonymity and children's rights to know the identity of their genetic parents.

Based on materials from: http://in.reuters.com

Read full article here: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/04/09/italy-fertility-idINL6N0N12UC20140409

Australians are the leading users of international IVF as demand grows for donor eggs

Stephen Page, a leading Australian surrogacy lawyer with Harrington Family Lawyers said per capita, Australians are the leading users of international IVF. This is despite costs reaching as much as $60,000 including travel and accommodation.

“There are just too many roadblocks in Australia,” he said.

For the hopeful mothers, many of whom are aged in their mid to late 40s, time is of the essence. Australian legislation requires egg donors to be de-identified and counselled before treatment, a process that may seem time consuming with a ticking biological clock.

In Australia there is a ban on “commercial trade of eggs”. But overseas it is acceptable to compensate egg donors for their time.

Based on the materials from: http://www.news.com.au

Read full article here: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/australians-are-the-leading-users-of-international-ivf-as-demand-grows-for-donor-eggs/story-fnet08xa-1226875063828

Would a Pregnancy Through a Donor Egg Feel Like ‘Mine’?

"This doctor said that Israel’s egg donor program cost about $8,000 for private patients (less if you’re a citizen), who fly to clinics in places like Ukraine, Cyprus and the Czech Republic for six eggs from a young woman (age 21 to35). She made it sound relatively simple – few drugs, a weekend abroad and poof! I’d be pregnant."

Read full article here: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/would-a-pregnancy-through-a-donor-egg-feel-like-mine/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=3

IVF Success Rates Better at Lower Weights

A review of 9,587 egg donation treatments performed at three IVF clinics in Spain between 2000 and 2011 showed that the rates of embryo implantation, pregnancy, and live birth, all significantly dropped as body mass index (BMI) of the egg recipient increased, reported Jose Bellver, MD, of the Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad in Valencia, Spain.

The effect of excess body weight on female fertility has been widely studied, with most studies finding an adverse effect on outcome. The reasons, however, have been less clearly explained, with effects on cycle regularity and ovulation most frequently cited, Bellver said.

The new study was designed to assess the reproductive outcome of a large sample of first-time recipients of donated ova obtained from donors of normal weight, in order to clinically ascertain the association between female obesity and endometrial receptivity.

Based on the materials from Medpagetoday,com

Read full article here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/TheGuptaGuide/OB/GYN/40458

Egg donors mostly motivated by urge to help others

The majority of egg donors donate for altruistic reasons, although personal benefits such as financial compensation are also a factor, according to a large European study.

Researchers conducted 1,423 questionnaires across 11 countries in Europe, including Spain, the Czech Republic and Finland. They found that almost half of all egg donors were 'altruistic', and wanted to donate eggs solely in order to help others have children. A further third of women donated for altruistic reasons alongside the financial rewards offered.

'Egg donation is quite a controversial application of assisted reproduction, due to concerns about exploitation of donors due to [low] compensation and the donors' safety', said Professor Pennings, who led the study. 'The general donor profile from this study is someone who is well-educated, 27 years old and living with a partner and child. This does not fit the idea that most people seem to have of a poor student who donates for money'.

Based on article from http://www.bionews.org.uk

Read full article here: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_320837.asp

Fertility Journey App for iPhone is on its way!!!

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Pregnancy in your 50-teeth: using donated eggs

Healthy postmenopausal women shouldn’t be discouraged from pursuing pregnancy using donor eggs or embryos, one of the world’s largest organizations of reproductive medicine says.

In a shift in its official stance on whether women of “advanced age” should be discouraged from achieving pregnancy, the ethics committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine now says that some women over 50 who are healthy and “well prepared” for child rearing are candidates to receive donated eggs.

Egg donations have made it possible for virtually any woman with a functioning uterus, regardless of how old she is, to have a baby, the committee says. A woman’s own egg supply and quality shrinks over time; at menopause she stops releasing eggs altogether. But she can conceive using the eggs of a younger woman. As a result, more women in their 50s are seeking fertility treatments. Some have re-married, or married for the first time; others want to use frozen embryos left over from an earlier IVF cycle.

“People have the right to choose, to make their own reproductive choices. And that’s highly respected.”

Read more: http://www.canada.com/health/Pregnancy+after+Using+embryo+donations+extend+woman+reproductive+life/8111736/story.html#ixzz2Nu17Bfxs

Not a Biological Parent? How to Tell Your Child

What I have come to believe is that all children, even those conceived "the old fashioned way," should be aware of all the ways a family can be formed. In our house, I make a point of discussing family diversity with my two daughters. They understand that some kids have two mommies, some have two daddies, some kids look like their parents, and others do not. Some kids live with only one parent, and some kids have two full sets of parents. I think this is an important part of helping kids develop tolerance, open-mindedness and acceptance of differences.

Once the child asks where babies come from, I recommend that parents first give the basic information, in age appropriate terms, about sperm and egg. Then, in the case of egg/sperm donation, they say something like: "In our case, mommy's eggs (or daddy's sperm) were broken, so a nice man/woman (or Uncle Jon/cousin Sarah, etc. if it was a known donor) gave us some so we could have you!"

For same-sex couples (or a single woman), the conversation might include something like:

"There were no men in our family, so we went to a doctor who helped us get sperm from a nice man..."

When a child hears this story right from the beginning, he or she will accept it. It will simply be his/her birth story. The important part for the child will be knowing how badly he or she was wanted and how thrilled his/her parents were when they conceived.

Based on the materials from Huffpost Living.

Read full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/erica-berman/the-birds-the-bees-and-th_b_1924294.html

US egg donation industry often ignores ethical standards, report claims

Many on-line human egg brokers do not adhere to ethical guidelines drawn up by the peak IVF body in the US, a survey published in the journal Fertility & Sterility has found.

Some of the violations include failing to warn of the risks of the donating eggs and offering premiums for traits like good looks and good marks.

Guidelines issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine are voluntary and are not binding on non-members. "Our ability to influence the behavior of non-members is pretty limited," Sean Tipton, of the ASRM, told Reuters. "There's no question that there are some agencies that don't seem particularly interested in what our guidelines are, and we don't know how to impact their behavior."

See full article here: http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/10189

Donor: Egg is gift for couple wanting baby

The 27-year-old college student, identified by her anonymous donor name Sarah, will take fertility shots and pills to ensure the fertility of her egg, which will be surgically retrieved after her fertility cycle ends.

"I think, I just knew that I honestly never wanted to have children myself; so, it's just kind of one of those things, 'well, I have eggs that are fertile why not help a couple that really has the desire to want a child,'" Sarah said. "I'm not using it, why not help someone."

Sarah said that while she helps a couple out, she can also make money for college. Murray said egg donors can make up to $6,000 per IVF cycle.

Sarah had to sign a contract, which states that once selected a person has to donate regardless of who wants the egg. Each of her six egg donations was to different couples, she said. The Northern California Fertility Clinic makes the process entirely anonymous, where a couple or child will not be able to contact the egg donor or vice versa.

"I'm doing it because I want to give someone that gift; it's something I'm not going to retrieve later. It's not mine; it was a gift to give away," Sarah explained. "I really hope that that family enjoys it as much as I know my mom has enjoyed my siblings and me. It's not something I would want to take back or regret. This is a choice and I'm happy to be a part of it."

Based on the material from: http://www.news10.net

Read full article here: http://www.news10.net/news/local/article/194835/428/Donor-Egg-is-gift-for-couple-wanting-baby

Infertility: An Age-Old Problem

Infertility is defined as one year of attempting conception without success. Some celebrities seem to have babies in their 40s, and it seems simple. But sometimes, they may not disclose that they received an egg from a younger women by a procedure called egg donation. So if having a baby is in your future plans, get started before age becomes an age old problem. If age is a factor, don't wait to be seen. If you're over 35, see an infertility expert if you don't conceive naturally within six months. If you're over 40, be seen after 3 months of unsuccessful trying. Making a baby takes time.

Although there have been tremendous advances over the past 30 years to give many couples the possibility of having a baby who might otherwise not have been able to have one, one thing hasn't changed: the impact of age. The chances of a woman naturally having a baby after age 35 decline by about 50 percent, and decline by about 90 percent after age 40.

Based on materials from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Read full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mache-seibel-md/infertility_b_1444204.html

Women Cannot Rewind The ‘Biological Clock’

Many women do not fully appreciate the consequences of delaying motherhood, and expect that assisted reproductive technologies can reverse their aged ovarian function, Yale researchers reported in a study published in a recent issue of Fertility and Sterility.

According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, the number of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles performed for women under age 35 increased by about 9% between 2003 and 2009. During this same time period, the number of IVF cycles performed for women aged 41 and older increased by 41%. But this procedure doesn’t always result in success.

“There is an alarming misconception about fertility among women,” said Pasquale Patrizio, M.D., professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Yale Fertility Center. “We also found a lack of knowledge about steps women can take early in their reproductive years to preserve the possibility of conception later in life.”

“As clinicians, we should begin educating women more aggressively,” Patrizio said. “Women should be given the appropriate information about postponing fertility, obstetric risks, and the limited success of ART in advanced age to allow them to make informed decisions about when, if at all, they hope to become pregnant.”

Based on materials from http://leadership.ng

Read full article here: http://leadership.ng/nga/articles/22690/2012/04/23/women_cannot_rewind_biological_clock.html

Fertility experts in call for more women to become egg donors

The Aberdeen Fertility Centre said one in seven couples has sought medical assistance to help them have a family. The centre has provided advice and treatment to hundreds of couples but is now concerned about an “acute shortage of egg donors”.

“In some cases couples cannot achieve a pregnancy because the female partner may have suffered a premature menopause or may have lost the use of their ovaries due to disease, surgery or the treatment of cancer. Some women carry inherited genetic diseases and therefore seek donated eggs to prevent the transmission of disease to their children."

“An acute shortage of egg donors is being experienced across the UK, and Aberdeen is no exception where we currently have a two-to-three year wait for couples seeking help.”

Based on materials from http://news.stv.tv

Read full article here: http://news.stv.tv/scotland/304188-fertility-experts-in-call-for-more-women-to-become-egg-donors/

Sperm and egg donation \'should be like giving blood\'

One solution being considered by the HFEA is to set up "centres of excellence" where sperm and eggs are collected rather than asking donors to attend clinics where the recipients are viewed by staff as the main priority.

Launching a new drive to raise the public awareness of donation, Ms Jardine said she wanted egg donation to become "as obvious as blood donation".

In 2009, 1,084 children were born from donor sperm and 593 from donor eggs. Donor embryos accounted for a further 79 children.

Laura Witjens, Chair of the National Gamete Donation Trust, said raising awareness about sperm and egg donation could make it a subject people "talk about in the pub" and end the stigma around male donors.

She said: "Egg donors, rightly or wrongly, are still seen as very good people; sperm donors are seen sometimes as a dirty man."

Donors should also be encouraged to write a "pen picture" of themselves to comfort couples using their eggs or sperm and "satisfy the curiosity" of the children conceived by IVF as they grow up, she added.

Based on materials from: http://www.independent.ie

Read full article here: http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/parenting/sperm-and-egg-donation-should-be-like-giving-blood-3072216.html

Egg Donors Are Business People Not Parents

If you've got a real live, in-the-flesh mom or dad in front of you, what are you going to be missing? And to imply that a biological mother is somehow more important than the mother or father who is actually changing your diapers, reading you bedtime stories, and offering you unconditional love is absolutely ridiculous.

Will children conceived in non-traditional ways have questions? Probably. Maybe some won't care, and others will have an insatiable curiosity. Are parents capable of answering these questions? Of course. Can parents offer support if a child feels confused by his conception? They can, and they should, without being told they're setting up their child for delinquency and depression.

How you were conceived is irrelevant -- what parents do once you are outside the womb is what really matters.

Based on materials by theStir.cafemom.com

Read full article here: http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/133027/egg_donors_are_business_people

S.H. v Austria denies infertile Europeans human rights

Procreative liberty and the right to legal recognition of parent-child relationships continue to be prominent themes in disputes between individual citizens and government over access to assisted reproduction. The judiciary has been largely reluctant to state whether access to reproductive technology is a human right. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that a person's decision to have children with reproductive technology is an aspect of private and family life covered by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) but has defined the scope of the Convention's protection only in very narrow circumstances.

Nevertheless, the option to travel abroad for treatment may well embolden the Court to allow governments to discriminate against those needing third-party gametes, as some already do. Reproductive tourism played an important role both in S.H. and in the Court's recent decision that Ireland was not bound to liberalise its restrictions on abortion given the availability of abortion in other member states (6). With reproductive tourism a ready justification for restricting assisted reproduction, the ECtHR and the Convention will for the time being remain poor sources of support for a great many Europeans who would prefer to seek reproductive treatment at home.

Based on the materials by http://www.bionews.org.uk

Read full article here: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_117832.asp

How to avoid emotionally eating this holiday

The holidays are stressful for anyone, but they can be downright overwhelming and even depressing for women who are experiencing infertility. This is the time of year when family tends to gather and an infertile woman is often asked “So when are you going to have kids?” or “Why haven’t you had another child yet?” It’s also not uncommon to get unwelcomed advice such as “Just relax, it will happen.” These questions and words of wisdom are enough to send any woman back to the buffet table for another piece of pie or second serving of stuffing.

The author recommends obeying to the following rules to keep yourself together:

- Do not start a diet during holiday time. Watch portion sizes, especially of anything sweet or starchy, to keep sugar and carb cravings from getting the best of you.

- Eat! Begin each day with a healthy, balanced breakfast. Include healthy fats, carbs and lean protein with each meal. Make sure you never get too hungry, especially before arriving at a gathering where food will take center stage.

- Sneak in a little extra nutrition where you can. Add pureed veggies to your banana breads, muffins and cakes. No one has to know! Use mineral-rich homemade bone or veggie broths in your recipes.

Emotions run high during the holidays, and stress is inevitable, but the truth is that eating will not make anything go away (not infertility and not PCOS), and any relief you feel will only be temporary. In fact, overeating will likely make the New Year more stressful when you find that you have extra weight to lose.

So as you get ready to face the family and the feasts, remember these words of advice: Have fun, enjoy times with family and friends, and this time, allow food to be what actually helps to get you through the holidays this year!

Based on the article by Holly Amarandei, published on www.globalivf.com

Read full article here: http://www.globalivf.com/articles_show.php?id=140

Fresh egg donation cycle VS using frozen eggs

There are a lot of reasons why a female recipient might choose to use fresh cycle over the frozen eggs. We listed them here for your convenience and for better understanding why fresh egg donation cycle is always better than a frozen one.

- there is always the risk that some eggs may not withstand the freezing and then thawing process, even if vitrification method is used. Sometimes the eggs do not divide as expected which leads to a negative pregnancy test result. A miscarriage can also happen after pregnancy is achieved;

- when using frozen eggs from any bank who offers such a service, you are usually offered a portion of 6 frozen eggs at the cost that may vary from 10000 USD to 18000 USD. Taking into account very low survival rate of frozen eggs, you can receive 1-2 embryos and you are very lucky if they are of a good quality. Compared to this, when addressing fresh egg donation program with a clinic or an agency, you are guaranteed about 10-15 mature eggs, all of them will be fertilized and cultivated into embryos and will belogn exclusively to you. Freshly created embryos will be transferred to the uterus, significantly increasing your chances for successful pregnancy;

- you can choose egg donor from a database of ladies, ask your agency or clinic additional questions about the lady you chose (her hobbies and education, family background and any other questions that might be important to you, but you will never have the chance to ask those when using frozen eggs);

- any qualified doctor working in sphere of reproductive technologies will confirm to you that fresh egg donation cycle increases your chances for success.

Egg donor compensation is to triple in the UK

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in the UK has decided to pay a one-off fee of £750 per course of donation. previous compensation of egg donor's loss of earnings was £250.

The decision to move to a one-off payment was made at a public meeting of the fertility watchdog on Wednesday. The idea was to balance fairly compensating donors with the risk of encouraging people to donate merely for financial gain.

Experts believe this will encourage more women to donate, but critics warn it may create financial incentives. Under EU rules a donor cannot be "paid", however, they can be "compensated". The British Fertility Society supports an increase in compensation payment, but said it was important to ensure that women continued to volunteer for altruistic reasons.

There are currently long waits in the UK - sometimes five years or more - for couples seeking donor eggs. In a significant number of cases they travel abroad for treatment, often to Spain or the United States, where payments are higher and more women volunteer.

Based on the materials from http://www.bbc.co.uk

Link to full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15356148

Should IVF be affordable for all?

Fertility treatments are more expensive in the U.S. than anywhere else.

According to a study by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, published in The Human Reproduction Update last month, direct costs of fertility treatment vary substantially between countries, but the U.S. stands out as notably more expensive than other countries. While the average price of IVF treatment in Japan was 3,149 euros ($4,012) and Belgium’s 2,441 euros ($3,109), the U.S. averaged 10,812 euros ($13,775). The next highest nation on the list after the U.S. was Canada, with a substantially lower cost of 6,766 euros ($8,740). On top of that, American facilities only met one quarter of the estimated demand for fertility treatment. The underutilization of fertility treatments is especially noticeable within minorities and low-income patients.

Based on the materials from http://www.thedailybeast.com

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Egg Donation Completely Unregulated in U.S.

A recent study from the Hastings Center looked at ads placed in college newspapers, finding that about a quarter required a minimum SAT score, and most contained appearance or ethnicity requirements. Some ads offered to pay more if you're tall or thin, and about a quarter touted payments over $10,000. One ad even offered $50,000 to prospective egg donors.

Because the guidelines are from a private organization and not the government, the agencies' practices aren't illegal. In fact, there are no laws governing egg donation. Regulation has proven tough, because creating these kinds of laws would require a statement on the nature of the embryo and the origins of human life, which runs smack into the politically-sensitive abortion debate.

About 10,000 babies are born each year using donor eggs, a number that has doubled in just a few years.

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