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Finding Common Ground: A Recap of an Intended Parent and Egg Donor Meeting

In this day-in-age, egg donor matches aren’t always black and white. With online forums like Donor Sibling Registry, intended parents and egg donors can build a relationship while staying anonymous.

They also have the opportunity to meet their egg donor in-person or via Skype, if the egg donor consents to the one-time meeting. During these meetings, a representative from the agency is present to ensure both parties do not share identifiable information. This way the donation can remain anonymous; however, the intended parents and the egg donor can get to know one another.


Physician Spotlight: Dr Daniel Potter “Making the Leap to Donor Eggs”

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Daniel Potter

Dr Potter of HRC Fertility recently shared a blog entitled “Making the Leap to Donor Eggs”. We have shared his thoughts and views about when the right time is to start thinking about choosing egg donation to complete your family.


Why Do Out of Town Donors Cost More?

So you have decided to pursue a donor egg cycle and are searching for your dream egg donor! You may have noticed that the out of town donors have an extra travel cost, and that some are more expensive than others.

What is included in these travel costs, and what makes one egg donor’s travel costs more expensive than another’s?


Pen Pals: How You Can Connect with Your Egg Donor Post Treatment Cycle

With anonymous donations, many egg donors are left wondering about the intended parent. They often wonder what the intended parents are like, what their story is, and how their transfer went. Once in awhile, an intended parent will ask us to share a letter/thank you note with the egg donor.

An intended parent recently wanted to share more about herself and her journey with her egg donor. Although they never met, the intended mother felt compelled to write the egg donor a thank you letter. The egg donor was touched by the intended mothers kind words so much that she wanted to write back to tell her that she healed from the procedure and wished her the best for a positive pregnancy.


What is the Difference Between PGS and PGD?

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) are types of Preimplantation Genetic Testing performed before embryo transfer during IVF. Although the tests are used for different things, the goal for both is to improve your chances of choosing a healthy embryo, and therefore, a healthy baby.

What is PGS Testing? What is PGD Testing?


Finding Hope: A Recap of an Intended Parent and Egg Donor Meeting

A recent egg donor-intended parent meeting shed some light on the hardships intended parents go through. During the meeting, the intended mother opened up about why she had to use an egg donor. Many years ago, the intended mother was pregnant with her son. Unfortunately, she went through a traumatic experience while pregnant that gravely affected her child. When he was born, he was immediately taken to NICU and the doctors prepared her for the worst. A few days later, her greatest nightmare become her reality. Her son had passed away.

After years of mourning her loss, her family encouraged her to try to have another child.


Therapy for Fertility and the Mind

Dealing with fertility challenges can weigh on our emotional wellbeing and put strain on relationships. Fertility treatment with a medical clinic can help increase the chances of conception. Working with a mental health professional can help to relieve mental stressors that can come with treatment, as well as feelings of loss and grief when such medical treatment does fail. In fact, many fertility clinics do require intended parents to have a psychological evaluation prior to treatment, and some will require therapy to continue throughout the course of treatment.

Because infertility can be due to a wide variety of reasons, working with a mental health professional may be a good way to talk through your stress and anxieties. Therapists that specialize in infertility are able to help intended parents come up with options and guide them through their next steps decisions. Intended parents are also able to work through their feelings of anger or guilt when only one partner is unable to conceive.


Donor Nexus Shout Out on "Delivering Miracles" Podcast with Dr Parijat Deshpande

One of our favorite doctors, Dr Potter from HRC Fertility Newport Beach, recently talked with Dr. Parijat Deshpande on her podcast “Delivering Miracles”. Episode 18 titled “How a Fertility Specialist Can Help You Get Pregnant with Dr. Daniel Potter” is now live – he gives a shout out to Donor Nexus, so take a listen and let us know what you think! 

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Listen Up!: It’s National Infertility Awareness Week!

April 23 - 29, 2017 is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW). It is the time to bring awareness to the millions of individuals who suffer from infertility, and was made a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010. Infertility can be caused by a wide variety of reasons, like ovary or uterine abnormalities, sperm abnormalities, a result of cancer treatment among many others. Infertility can affect men and women of a range of ages, religions, economic statuses, sexual orientations and gender identities. Many of those with infertility often suffer in silence, since this condition is often stigmatized by society. This week, we can help those struggling with infertility by listening, caring, and walking in their shoes to let them know that

they do not have to suffer alone. The NIAW is a movement to reduce stigma associated with infertility, educate the community about reproductive health, and remove barriers to building families.


The Possible Effects of Banning Anonymous Egg Donation

In the United States, most gamete donations are made anonymously. Recently, there has been some talk in the media about banning anonymous sperm donation. This would require the donors to be identifiable to the donor-conceived child after their 18th birthday so they could learn about possible predispositions to medical diseases inherited by their donor. If anonymous sperm donation becomes banned, would it be possible for anonymous egg donation to become banned as well? Would the pool of available egg donors decrease? Would the cost of an egg donation increase? Let us analyze the hypothetical implications that would result from banned anonymous egg donation.

Would requiring a donor to provide their identifying information to their donor-conceived child result in a smaller donor pool?


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor L

I donated my eggs for the first time with Donor Nexus and I do not think I could have had a better experience. I am so grateful for Mackenzie, who is so sweet and makes the process so easy. She was with me the entire time, reminding me of my appointments and texting me after my appointments to make sure that I was okay. Also, the staff at HRC and the surgery center was all very nice and gentle with my blood draws and pelvic exams.  In regards to the process, the trickiest part was the self-injections, but I was given explicit instructions and video links that made the injections, simple and painless.  As for my egg retrieval at the surgery center, I do not remember much of it, but it was painless and in good hands—the nurses were amazing. The only side effect I had from the entire

egg-donor process was bloating from the medication and some more bloating from the procedure, but I think that was a small price to pay if it meant helping someone become a parent.  I am satisfied in my decision to donate my eggs and would do it again with Donor Nexus.


Technology and Male Fertility

Infertility is often thought of as a woman’s problem, yet men are just as likely to be a contributor. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the male partner is either the sole cause or contributing cause of infertility in approximately 40% of infertile couples. Could our relationship with technology be partially to blame for these statistics? Research is showing a possible link between laptops, cellphones, and a decline in sperm health.

Men who position their laptops on their laps might be at risk of infertility. Laptops positioned on a man’s lap could increase his scrotal temperature by 2 to 3 degrees, which is counter to the way the scrotum is naturally positioned to be 2 to 4 degrees lower than normal body heat. The higher temperatures cause sperm to swim slower, and even a small spike in heat can affect sperm production by at least 50%. A 2008 study explored the effects of heat stress on mature and developing sperm in a male mouse given shock heat treatment, and the mouse had lower sperm count and a higher amount of DNA damage. Men can consider using a desk instead of placing their laptops on their lap while trying to conceive. In contrast, women’s reproductive organs are internal, so the heat coming from the


Australian Intended Parents: A Recap of an Open Egg Donation Meeting

Recently, we had the privilege of facilitating another in-person meeting between a set of intended parents from Australia and their egg donor. The intended parents have had a tough road trying to conceive. After years of unsuccessful pregnancies, they realized that it was time to try to conceive via egg donation.

Australia has strict guidelines for egg donation, which decreases the pool of egg donor candidates. Because of these strict guidelines, they knew it was an uphill battle. They knew time was of the essence so they looked for an egg donor outside of Australia. They spent months researching different egg donor programs and fertility clinics in the United States and around the world. Their search lead them to Donor Nexus. Upon reviewing several egg donor profiles, Donor B struck a cord with the intended parents.


Could Your Job Be Affecting Your Fertility?

Could aspects of your job be affecting your fertility? A new study published in the BMJ Journals in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in February 2017 shows that there may be a link between a woman’s work-life and her fertility. They explored whether overnight work schedules or high physical demand were associated with a decline in ovarian reserve and responsiveness to IVF medications.

They found that women who performed heavy lifting at work had 8.8% fewer total eggs and 14.1% fewer mature eggs compared with women who performed less manual jobs. A similar trend was seen in women who worked overnight shifts. Since the study did not include a link between occupational factors and estrogen or FSH hormone levels, what can be concluded about how these work stresses are affecting our fertility?


"You Should Consider Using Donor Eggs" - Now What?

When a patient finds out they need to use an egg donor in order to conceive, there are many emotions and overwhelming thoughts that goes through ones mind. Finding a starting point can be difficult when you’ve never travelled down this path before. Here are a few things we recommend when you find out you need an egg donor.

1. Take time to process your emotions and grieve.


The 2016 Success Rates are in...and they ROCK!

The 2016 fertility success rates are in and we are proud to announce that once again our partner clinic, HRC Fertility Orange County, achieved donor egg success rates that rank among the top nationwide! The CDC reported in 2014 that HRC Fertility OC ranked #3 nationally for egg donation using fresh embryos. Of the top six best fertility clinics, HRC Fertility OC is the only clinic that offers shared egg donor cycles. Sharing a cycle with other recipients allows the cost of IVF to be cut in half while still providing patients with exceptional success rates.

From January 2012 through January 2017, Donor Nexus’ shared cycles resulted in a pregnancy rate of 81% for both fresh and frozen transfers. For patients who are hoping for more than two children or who wish to perform genetic screening/gender selection, Donor Nexus and HRC Fertility also offer Traditional 1-on-1 Egg Donor Cycles, where the matching recipient receives all the eggs produced by the egg donor. Our current pregnancy rate for the Traditional is 81.8% for both fresh and frozen transfers.


Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Silent Infections That Can Cause Infertility

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two types of preventable bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that, if left untreated, can lead to infertility. Chlamydia is often a silent infection, showing no symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 10-15% of women with untreated chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease. Chlamydia is also responsible for over 40% of fallopian tube infections that may present with no symptoms. Gonorrhea can cause a painful or burning sensation with urination and vaginal discharge, although it can also be asymptomatic. Gonorrhea, if left untreated, may also cause tubal damage and scar tissue.

It is estimated that 2.86 million cases of chlamydia and 820,000 cases of gonorrhea occur every year in the United States. In 2013, women ages 20-24 had the highest rate of infection compared with any other age or sex group (3,621.1 cases per 100,000 females for chlamydia and 541.6 cases per 100,000 females for gonorrhea). These two infections are preventable with the use of a condom, although this is not 100% effective. The CDC recommends that women of age 25 or younger be tested annually, as well as older women with risk factors including a new or multiple sexual partners, or a partner who has an STI.


How to Kickstart 2017 with Attainable New Year's Resolutions

As we enter 2017 it is time to think about your New Year’s resolutions. For those with infertility and have resolved to have a child by the end of the year, here are a list of possible resolutions to help achieve your dreams of building a family. Remember, setting intentions on short attainable goals are more likely to succeed than setting big picture goals.

Resolving to quit smoking. Although it is well known that smoking can affect heart and lung health, it also greatly affects fertility potential in both men and women. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, infertility rates in both males and females who smoke are twice as high as those who do not smoke. Quitting smoking can improve fertility and decrease the risks of pregnancy complications. Work with your health-care provider to consider ways to quit smoking while trying to conceive.


Coping Strategies to Help You through the Holidays!

Winter means it is time to gather by the hearth with egg nog, fluffy blankets, and holiday tunes. Seeing as it is also the time for family gatherings where children run wild, this time of year is not typically full of cheer for those struggling with infertility. Below are a few strategies to get you through this holiday season.

When spending time around families and children are too much to bear, consider spending time with friends who do not have children. Attending holiday parties can be at your pace. Remember you do not have to accept every invitation. Be selective about which parties you attend, and be mindful about which events will have a lot of children or pregnant women. There is no reason to feel guilty about not attending all events. If you are going through a difficult time, take some time to concentrate on helping yourself and your partner.


My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor C

I originally found out about Donor Nexus from a close friend of mine who worked with them & absolutely loved it. Becoming an egg donor meant more to me than just the compensation. I think as women, it has always been a dream of ours to become mothers someday. Becoming an egg donor meant that I was going to be able to help someone achieve that dream and bring happiness into other’s lives.

Donor Nexus made this process so easy for me. I filled out a questionnaire online and before I knew it, the team at Donor Nexus was already in contact with me, striving to get the ball rolling and simplifying every step for me. I was matched very quickly, within a month of signing up! Each appointment that was scheduled for me was very prompt and straight to the point. I really appreciated that!


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