A New Outlook on Egg Donation

 

Infertility can happen to anyone, and it is more common than you think. According to Women’s Health, about 10% of women in the United States struggle with getting pregnant or staying pregnant. A lot of  emotional stress can come out of being infertile. The good news is there are more options available today with greatly improved success rates. Options like IVF or using donor eggs are becoming more mainstream and accepted. When it comes to using donor eggs, it has become easier than ever before to get the information, resources and support you need.

Aggressively Seek Information when Considering Egg Donation

Google is a powerful tool. Today, there is more information available on the use of donor eggs than ever before. Answers to any question you may have can be found through a simple search or live chat with a donor bank.

Resources such as:

can answer a multitude of questions concerning all your egg donation needs and information behind infertility. These fertility resources can provide support and connect you with groups of other women who are going through the process or have experienced IVF firsthand. Additionally, bookmark Fairfax EggBank’s FAQ page as a resource to see commonly asked questions, with expert responses.

A couple of our Fairfax EggBank recipients have posted a blog series about their journey. Check out Trisha’s journey and Heather’s series of blogs, where they talk about their egg donation story for a more personalized experience.

Advancements in Donor Egg Freezing Increase Convenience and Affordability

The first child born through egg donation was in 1984. Since then, over 47,000 babies have been and continue to be born through egg donation according to John E Buster, MD. Advancements in egg retrieval such as advanced egg freezing processes have made the entire egg donation process quicker, more convenient, and affordable.

Now that eggs can be safely preserved, any woman can donate her eggs at any time, making it a faster process and providing convenience for the donor and recipient. Normally, with fresh donor eggs, the donor and recipient need to be individually synchronized, taking about 6 months. Today, the whole process can be cut down into a one month period.

With less time and energy, the recipient also saves money. The cost of individual synchronization using fresh donor eggs is high. So high that the option of using frozen eggs versus fresh eggs can cut costs almost in half, making it possible for more women who struggle with infertility to have a baby. For more information on tips or financing available for this option, check out our FairFax Blog post, Tips and Resources For Financing Donor Egg Treatment.

Egg Donation is the New Norm

In the past, egg donation was considered somewhat taboo and not a topic openly talked about. However, with more people discussing their experiences with egg donation it has allowed the process to become a more accepted and common option when struggling to have a baby.

Many celebrities are opening up about their experiences with IVF and how it is nothing to be ashamed of but embraced. Some described their experiences as the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Stars like Mariah Carey, Chrissy Teigen, Elizabeth Banks, Courtney Cox, and Nicole Kidman all struggled with conception. All of them used a form of egg donation, IVF, or surrogacy to have their babies. You are not alone, infertility is something ALL women struggle with, even the rich and famous.

Infertility is so much more common than you think. IVF and egg donation are now becoming another common option you can take when deciding to bring a little bundle of joy into the world.


Interview with IVF Babble Magazine

At a recent medical conference, we met Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page, founders of IVF Babble, a fresh new website that offers expertise from fertility experts, the latest news in the fertility field, and a community for those embarking on the IVF journey. As we are always looking for support resources for our egg donor recipients, we interviewed Tracey and Sarah to learn more about what IVF Babble offers.

What inspired you to start IVF babble? What’s your vision for the website and where do you see IVF babble in 5 years?

First, may we take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. We are Tracey and Sara, two women who have been through IVF treatment and are now thrilled to say, both proud mums to twin girls. Our journeys were not straightforward at all, with Sara’s treatment lasting 4 years and Tracey’s taking almost 10. Along the way we both experienced major setbacks, all of which were handled with confusion, disbelief and fear due to a lack of clear information and support.

We made the decision a couple of years ago that although we didn’t have sufficient support when we were going through treatment, we could do something to help others. We live in an online world, where people want information 24/7, at the touch of their fingertips, so it made perfect sense to create a website with a difference – a beautifully presented, fresh, well informed and accurate online magazine.

We only launched in November but we are well on our way to reaching our goal of becoming the go to place for everything fertility related.

What kind of content and resources can a visitor expect to find there?

The message we want to get across to our readers through our articles is ‘diagnosis is key’. Our articles will help you understand possible reasons as to why you can’t conceive. Armed with this knowledge, you can talk to your doctor with clarity, about the options available to you.

On the website you will find expert advice for every path to parenthood, whether that be IVF, ICSI, surrogacy, sperm donation, egg donation, or embryo donation.

Alongside the expert advice, you will read stories from those that have experienced fertility treatment. Sharing stories has the most comforting and calming effect.

You will also discover a wealth of information on well-being such as nutrition, acupuncture, massage, fitness and a balanced mind.

We bring you the latest fertility news from around the world, and of course no magazine would be complete without a celebrity story. I think we can all say, it inspires us and makes us realize even more so that we’re not alone when a celeb ‘comes out’ and shares their IVF experiences.

Where can we find information on donor eggs on your site?

There is much information to be found on egg donation on the website. Simply click on the donor box in the carousel on the homepage and you will be taken straight through to your own page, full of articles and stories.

Do you offer support networks?

We provide information on support networks for our readers, but we too offer support in varying ways. You can email us to put a query to one of our experts, or you can come along to one of our events and actually meet the experts, alongside other men and women who have been through fertility treatment.

In the next few months we will be launching a social network platform called IVF buddy. It will allow you to search for clinics and support groups in your area, as well as a buddy going through the same as you …an ‘around me’ for everything fertility so to speak.

What words of encouragement do you have for others on their infertility journey?

We know only too well how low fertility challenges can make you feel. Trying to remain positive in a world full of pregnant women is very, very difficult. Advice like ‘try to stay positive’ is not the best advice. Instead, we would say it’s important to understand why you can’t conceive and talk to your doctor about the best option for you with regards diagnostic and fertility treatment.

Do not just jump straight into IVF. Look at the options available to you and choose one that is right for you. Get yourself well mentally and physically. Eat well, talk to your partner or a close friend. Don’t bottle things up.

This is a journey, so be prepared that it may take a while. Do as much as you can to prepare. Breathe, open your eyes and be empowered by understanding your options and the process as you move forwards on your path to parenthood.