Chinese Couples Flock to Australia to Undergo IVF Treatment

Author: Jessica Rutzick

In China, a substantial number of couples are seeking IVF services after recent decades have shown a vast improvement in the economic circumstances surrounding child-rearing. A steady, middle-class lifestyle, along with a lift on China’s long enforced one-child policy, has allowed Chinese families the possibility of expanding for the first time. However, many vying for another child are well into their late forties and fifties, making natural conception all but impossible. Consequently, China’s access to IVF clinics is marred by the increased demand for alternative means of conception and waiting lists are up to two years long. Fortunately, Australia is offering IVF services to Chinese citizens in a move that many are calling medical tourism.

Monash IVF, a Melbourne In-Vitro Fertilization clinic, will fly about 100 Chinese parents-to-be to Australia over the next year in response to China’s lengthy waiting list. According to James Thiedman, CEO of Monash IVF, the number of wealthy, middle-aged folks in China that desire a second child is reaching millions.

“This arrangement gives patients in China an alternative to having to sit back and wait for two years,” Thiedman stated, “They can get on a plane, come over and have world-class care and take the opportunity to see the great state of Victoria.”

The number of incoming IVF patients will not affect the clinic’s ability to provide service to local patients. Australia expects to fly in more Chinese patients as time goes on, as the chance to help Chinese couples expand their families is too pressing and lucrative to pass up.

At Premium Egg Donation, our egg donation specialists have an extensive understanding of alternative means of conception and can answer any questions you may have about the egg donation process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at (307) 733-4354 for more information about our services.

05/09/2017

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How IVF Affects You and Your Child's Health

Author: Jessica Rutzick

Because it is still a relatively new process, a number of misconceptions surround in vitro fertilization. Many people worry about the side effects IVF may have on them and their future children. The popularity of IVF has risen significantly over recent years, with over five million babies born through IVF treatments. This increase has sparked new studies about the full effects on the health of a child born through IVF, including one study recently published in Genome Medicine.

The study showed there are no major epigenetic differences in IVF-conceived twins, and no health effects on a child can be linked back to IVF. Although IVF does not guarantee a completely uncomplicated birth, the process itself does nothing to affect the health of a child negatively. This misconception could be linked to the high number of older individuals who seek out IVF treatment. Older individuals are at higher risk for birth complications, which can skew data to disfavor IVF.

Scientists and medical professionals began researching the side effects of IVF in 1978, when the process first began. Premature birth, low birth weight, and other birth defects are often incorrectly linked to IVF treatments. The new study shows there is no evidence to link IVF to these issues, because they are most likely genetically encoded.

A separate study, headed by Batool Rashidi, examined the quality of life of infertile couples. The study concluded that while varying duration and causes of infertility do not have significant health side effects on couples, infertile couples are more at risk for reduced health-related quality of life. The study suggests these couples should seek help to improve their quality of life. IVF could actually help to improve the health and quality of life of a couple who experiences infertility.

At Premium Egg Donation, our experienced fertility professionals want to make the IVF process as simple and easy as possible. Our compassionate staff will work worth you to answer any questions you may have. If you are considering using an egg donation service, please give us a call at (307) 733-4354 to begin planning for the next stage of your life.

04/24/2017

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Mother Helps Create 6 Babies Through Egg Donation

Author: Jessica Rutzick

Dawn Wilkinson-Russell, a British mother of five, has spent the last few years helping others realize their goal of welcoming children into this world. Wilkinson-Russell has done so by donating her eggs five times in the last five years. Thanks to Dawn’s egg donation, four different couples across the UK have been able to conceive, resulting in six babies total.

Dawn always knew that she wanted to donate her eggs. She felt like she needed to help those who longed for the parental role she was enjoying so much after having five children of her own. Wilkinson-Russell has said that “there is nothing more rewarding than being a mother, and it breaks [her] heart that for some people it’s not possible.”

Dawn has had a 100% success rate with her egg donation. In fact, after her first donation, Dawn learned that the couple who received the eggs was pregnant just two weeks later. Dawn has been able to personally connect with all of the couples she has donated to and has remained very close with these families, even long after their children are born. Egg donation can be a long process, but Dawn believes that it was all worth it. Her message to other potential donors is: “if you can donate, do it. You won’t regret it.”

If you are interested in being an egg donor, Premium Egg Donation can walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. Whether you are struggling to conceive or are considering donating your eggs to a couple battling infertility issues, our highly trained professionals are here to help you. Give us a call today at (307) 733-4354 for more information about the egg donation process.

04/19/2017

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Freeze Your Eggs and Free Up Your Life

Author: Jessica Rutzick

With the advancement of our culture and the improved place of women in society, the modernization of family is likewise occurring. That means we are redefining what it means to have a family, and how and when to make a child. People are marrying later and later, sometimes not at all, and are consequently starting to have children later in life. Having children later in life allows parents to establish their lives and their careers and have children at a time in their lives when they are comfortable and prepared to do so, if they so choose. These are all amiable changes that offer more options to determine what they want their lives to look like. However, biologically, more complications can arise the later you choose to conceive.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, conceiving and bearing a child later in life comes with increased risks and complications, such as an increased risk of preterm labor and preterm birth, as well an increased risk for birth defects caused by missing, damaged, or extra chromosomes. In addition, unlike the unlimited amount of sperm one can produce, there are a set number of eggs in each ovary, making time even more of a constraint for childbearing and starting a family.

Luckily, thanks to the development of in vitro fertilization, potential parents can freeze their eggs when they are their most fertile and save them for a time in their lives when they are ready to have children. This does not mean a person must use the frozen eggs and cannot conceive naturally earlier if chosen, but it gives more options for reproductive health and allows people to live their lives in any way they choose, without having to worry about their ever-ticking biological clock. Some individuals who decide to freeze their eggs for a later time also choose to donate them to couples who struggle with infertility, which may be something for you to consider if you are also interested in freezing your eggs. For more information about the egg donation process, please contact our experienced team at Premium Egg Donation by calling (307) 733-4354 today.

04/10/2017

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What do Couples Want in an Egg Donor?

Author: Jessica Rutzick

When a couple decides they want to become parents through the help of egg donation, they receive profiles of all their potential donors to sort through. The profiles list the donor’s age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, ethnic background, race, and education level, as well as the donor’s baby pictures, current pictures, and a list of talents and interests. With all of this information, couples can usually find a donor with any quality they want. So, what specific qualities are couples looking for? Well, the answer to this question varies depending on the couple.

Some couples try to find a donor that has similar physical qualities to the mother so the child will still resemble the mom in some way. Other couples place more importance on the education or talents of the donor, hoping that their child will inherit their natural abilities. If the couple has certain interests or plays a sport, they may want a donor with similar interests and hobbies, in hopes that their child will be interested or gifted as well. Still more couples take a holistic approach and look at the combination of all the donor’s traits at once. Overall, the features couples look for vary depending on the characteristics of the couple, so it is important to have a variety of donors with different physical characteristics, interests, and talents. The traits you possess as a donor could be the exact characteristics the hopeful future parents are looking to find.

Donating eggs is an act of kindness that helps those who are unable to conceive have the children they have always wanted. If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, or if you have any questions about the egg donation process, contact the specialists at Premium Egg Donation. Call us at (307) 733-4354 to learn more about your options as a donor or recipient.

04/03/2017

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Shared Donor Oocyte Programs

Author: Jessica Rutzick

Most individuals can agree that childbirth is a wonderful, amazing milestone. Sadly, it is not always a guarantee. Various factors contribute to the inability to conceive. A few examples of genetic and hormonal contributions to female infertility are turner syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, and androgen excess syndrome. A couple other factors that are not genetic include advancing age and those who have undergone chemotherapy. For these individuals, family treatment options afford them the opportunity to experience childbirth.

Egg donations allow these individuals to settle down and start a family. Unfortunately, the daunting costs of acquiring an egg donor can be discouraging for some individuals; they may refuse fertility treatment simply because of the costs involved. Donor compensation, In vitro fertilization, travel expenses, and fertility treatments costs tens of thousands of dollars. In these situations, shared oocyte programs can be beneficial.

Shared donor oocyte programs involve the sharing of eggs between two recipients. The egg donor, like the recipient, undergoes fertility treatment through conventional in vitro fertilization. This process proves advantageous because it reduces financial burdens of both the donor and the recipient. In exchange for sharing their eggs, the egg donor decreases medical costs of their own fertility treatment. Moreover, the recipient receives eggs at a reduced cost. In this way, the donor supports another individual or couple who are also experiencing similar difficulties in family planning. Because donors are aware of the hardships characteristic of infertility, they are highly motivated to donate their eggs. The wait time for recipients’ take upwards to five years, however, egg sharing can reduce the waiting times. Egg sharing does not influence success rates for either party.

If you have difficulty conceiving, the compassionate and caring staff at Premium Egg Donation can assist you in your search for alternative family planning options. Contact (307) 733-4354 to learn more.

03/28/2017

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Egg Donation Offers Hope for Infertility After Cancer Treatment

Author: Jessica Rutzick

When young people are diagnosed with cancer early on, doctors often skirt over the potential long-term side effects of chemotherapy treatment—namely, the treatment’s tendency to cause infertility. Dr. Anne Rigg, a consultant oncologist, claims the likelihood of infertility after cancer treatments depends on the aggressiveness of the treatment and the age at which you start undergoing treatment. Aggressive forms of cancer, such as lymphoma and sarcoma, require a medley of chemotherapy drugs that can damage ovaries temporarily or permanently.

The cancer treatment’s impact on reproductive health is far-reaching. The drugs that treat cancer are meant to kill dividing cells. This treatment keeps your hair follicles from growing, kills the cells in the lining of your cheeks, and affects your ovaries if you are pre-menopausal. Many individuals experience the possibility of infertility caused by intensive chemotherapy, but many doctors do not have that conversation with cancer patients pre-treatment. Thirty-nine year old Kate Dobb, who was diagnosed with muscle cancer at age 10, recounts the conversation she had with her doctor when she realized her infertility after treatment. “Perhaps she thought, in comparison to having stage four cancer, being infertile wasn't a big deal—but it was a massive deal. It affects the whole of the rest of your life,” Dobb recalls. Consequently, once those in remission reach reproductive age, they are devastated with the realization that they are completely infertile.

Fortunately, if doctors warn patients of their imminent infertility before starting treatment, they then have the option of stimulating their ovaries, extracting the eggs, and freezing them for later use. However, for the majority who were not able to freeze their eggs before chemotherapy damaged their ovaries, egg donation is offering another avenue for cancer survivors to start the family they dream of. Now, “late effects” clinics for cancer survivors are spreading awareness about egg donation and surrogacy as possibilities for cancer survivors who still wish to have a child.

At Premium Egg Donation, our egg donation specialists are happy to discuss the wide range of alternative methods of conception for people who are infertile. We take pride in offering egg donation services for those who want to help individuals achieve their dreams of starting a family. Speak to a friendly member of our team by calling (307) 733-4354 today for more information.

03/20/2017

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Common Misconceptions about Egg Donation

Author: Jessica Rutzick

Donating eggs can be a scary process for women, especially if they do not know what to expect. However, if you made the decision to donate your eggs, there is no need to worry! At Premium Egg Donation, we can help you through your donation to make it easy and painless. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about donating your eggs to help you prepare for your procedure:

Egg donation is painful

In general, the most pain egg donors report is light, mild cramping. The retrieval procedure takes about 15 minutes and the donor is under sedation during the process. After the procedure, you can go home and return to work or school the next day.

If I donate my eggs now, I won’t have any left when I’m ready to have my own children

Women are born with a set number of eggs. When you begin menstruating, you have about 400,000 eggs. Of these, only 400 or 500 will mature to become viable eggs. Each month, a woman loses between 10 and 20 eggs. Using hormone therapy, the eggs you would have lost will mature and then you donate them to help someone else. You are eliminating the same number of eggs your body naturally loses each month. You will still have all of the eggs your body brings to maturity in the months and years following your donation.

The only women who need the help of an egg donor are older women

Women of all ages can face fertility problems for a number of reasons. Egg donation is an option for women who:
  • Were born without ovaries or whose ovaries were removed due to cancer or other serious medical issues.
  • Carry genetic conditions they do not want to pass on to their children.
  • Do not respond to ovulation induction.
  • Experienced multiple failed cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF) due to poor egg quality.
  • Reached menopause or experienced premature ovarian failure, which happens when a woman’s ovaries stop properly functioning before they are 40.

The conceived child can contact you down the road.

The egg donation process is completely anonymous and confidential. The recipients of your eggs will know medical or genetic information only if it is relevant to their future child’s health and well-being. Recipients may know of your interests and talents as well so they are able to pick a good match based on their own interests and talents.

Egg donation helps those who are struggling reach their dreams of becoming a parent. If you are interested in becoming a donor or have more questions about the donating process, contact Premium Egg Donation at (307) 733-4354.

03/13/2017

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The Process of Freezing Your Eggs

Author: Jessica Rutzick

Oocyte Cryopreservation, or more commonly referred to as egg freezing, is the process of storing extracted egg cells. Egg freezing offers increased potential of fertility during the later years of an individual’s life. People of varying ages choose to freeze their eggs for a multitude of reasons. Individuals diagnosed with cancer, for instance, face intensive procedures that may include the removal of ovaries. Egg freezing can ensure that these individuals retain the ability to have biological children, despite what may happen to their bodies. Others, who are not yet ready to settle down, may decide to freeze their eggs so they may pursue academic and career goals. Egg freezing, then, promises these people the ability to have children only after they’ve reached personal goals.

The majority of these people who undergo the process of freezing their eggs are usually in their mid-30s. Physicians recommend that those interested in freezing their eggs do so at a younger age. Those that are younger generally produce more eggs with a decreased likelihood of birth defects. Indeed, younger generations possess higher pregnancy success rates than the older generations.

The process of oocyte cryopreservation takes about two weeks. Hormone injections are self-administered to promote the body’s natural production of more eggs. During this period, regular monitoring of the ovaries occurs. In a roughly fifteen-minute surgery procedure, a physician removes several eggs from the ovaries. A physician gives the patient a mild anesthetic then injects a needle into the vaginal wall. Afterward, the eggs are frozen through a process called vitrification.

Due to the hormone injections, patients may experience side effects such as bloating, spotting, and cramping. Although an expensive process, oocyte cryopreservation offers the possibility of experiencing the wonders of childbirth later, or not at all.

If you are interested in starting a family and want to learn more about family preparation options, contact the egg donation specialists at Premium Egg Donation. Call (307)733-4354 to learn more.

03/08/2017

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Founder of Infertility Support Group Welcomes Baby Boy

Author: Jessica Rutzick

Mike and Andrea Gleason of Chico, California happily welcomed their son, Jack Michael Gleason, into the world on January 5, 2017. Jack was born about a week after his due date, but Andrea believes the date was fate. Jack’s birthday happened to fall on the anniversary of the first meeting of the infertility group that Andrea Gleason started at her local medical center.

Andrea and Mike struggled with conceiving a child for many years. After dealing with infertility and losing a child through surrogacy, they found themselves discouraged and very close to giving up on their hopes of having a child. Andrea and Mike decided to start a support group in order to bring together couples with struggles similar to theirs. Through this group, they were able to create a supportive and encouraging community of people also experiencing fertility issues. Topics discussed in the support group include egg donation, IVF, surrogacy, and more. Meetings consist of group discussion and frequent guest speakers who come to explain the various routes of battling infertility issues.

Infertility support groups are becoming more and more common. According to the National Infertility Association, about 1 in every 8 couples in the United States is affected by infertility. As the awareness surrounding infertility issues continues to increase, the stigma once attached to these medical problems has greatly diminished. More and more couples are searching for a supportive community that can relate to their struggles. Andrea Gleason noted that every time her group met, there was always a new couple joining.

If you are considering IVF, egg donation, or have any related questions, do not hesitate to contact us at Premium Egg Donation. Give us a call today at (307) 733-4354 to discuss your fertility options and see how we can help you.

02/20/2017

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