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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?

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Taking Birth Control Pills Before Your IVF Cycle? Find Out Why!

Birth control pills (BCPs), or oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), are the most commonly used method to prevent pregnancy. So, why are birth control pills often used at the beginning of IVF fertility treatment?

Birth Control Before IVF

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to be thankful and reflect on what is good in our lives. Unfortunately, for some of us, this can be tricky. The holidays can spark mixed emotions. Some look forward to the holiday season while others would rather avoid it because of the anxiety and stress it can bring. During the holidays, it’s important to remember that this is a time for reflection and gratitude. It’s not about finding the right present or how much you spent on your loved one.

Psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have studied the effects of gratitude1. In one study, three different groups wrote down things that happened during their week. One group wrote down the things that they were grateful for. The second group wrote down irritating or unpleasant things that occurred. The third group wrote down their experiences, regardless of being positive or negative. The psychologists found that after 10 weeks of journaling, the individuals in the first group were more optimistic and had an overall better feeling about their lives. Another study by Dr. Emmons shows that expressing gratitude increases happiness while reducing depression2.

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Needles

Trypanophobia is defined as the fear of injections, and this affects approximately 10% of the population, where 20% of the population has a fear of pointy objects in general. Although this is a learned condition, most people acquire it by age four to six. If this applies to you, you are not alone.

Unfortunately for trypanophobics, fertility treatment involves a series of self-injections and in-clinic blood draws that can make the process less than fun. Luckily, there are some things you can do to reduce your needle anxiety and reduce pain with injections.

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My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor B

All my life I dreamt of becoming a mother. When I was about 7 months pregnant and loving every single moment of growing a beautiful life inside of me, I thought about women who could not experience this. I started to research what I could do to help and that’s when I came across egg donation. Right when I started reading about the whole process, I knew I wanted to do this and be a part of people’s dreams coming true.

I had a friend go through Donor Nexus so I decided to go online and fill out an application. Within a day Donor Nexus had reached out to me to explain the whole process of how everything works. About 2 months passed by and I got a text, email AND call from Mackenzie saying I had been matched and that we were just waiting on another intended parent for a shared cycle. About a month later I got another call saying we had another match and that time was now of the essence. We had multiple phone conversations to get me cleared to start the process. The day came when Mackenzie called to let me know that all medicine would be delivered to my doorstep the next day for me to start injections. This was my first time as an egg donor so I began to get a little stressed out. I knew that the intended

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Stress Management and Fertility Treatment

Stress and Fertility

“Relax,” “Take a vacation,” “Don’t worry so much”. These are a few comments infertile couples frequently hear. It may seem like simple advice but when you’ve gone through multiple failed cycles and you’re nearing your break point, the last thing you want to hear is just relax. You’re probably thinking, “How can I relax when I’m doing everything I can and I still can’t get pregnant?”.

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Misconceptions of Fertility

If you feel stressed or anxious about your ability to conceive, you are not alone. According to a study by Fertility and Sterility in 2014, 40% of women of all ages were concerned about their fertility. In the same study, 40% of women were unaware of the ovulation cycle and one-third were unaware of how obesity, irregular menses, and aging can affect procreative success. Below are some common misconceptions about fertility:

The Menstrual Cycle

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How to Care for Your Body When Donating

You have just been chosen to be an egg donor and are about to embark on a journey to give someone the gift of parenthood! The process includes taking medications for about ten days that will grow your follicles and prime the eggs inside them. As with all medications, there can be some side effects including bloating and irritability. Below are a few tips and tricks to help ease the side effects, keep you on track, and expedite your recovery!

Diet

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Surrogacy Spotlight: It's Time Surrogacy Agency

We often have Intended Parents who are also interested in finding out more information on gestational carrier surrogacy. Although we are only a donor egg and embryo agency, we partner with a select few surrogacy agencies that we highly recommend. We have asked Angela Hartshorn, founder of It's Time Surrogacy, to provide some basic information on the logistics and costs involved.

It’s Time Surrogacy is a San Diego based surrogacy agency which is owned and operated by two women who have dedicated their lives to the infertility world. Angela Hartshorn, the founder/ Co-Owner of It’s Time Surrogacy has been in the field since 1994 and has a plethora of knowledge. Her enriched clinical experience makes her able to help their clients navigate the fertility process smoothly. Christina Thursby, Co-Owner, has served as a gestational surrogate five times over the last decade. Each journey was unique, brought her immeasurable joy and equipped her with the skills to support everyone along the journey. Their services are geared towards a family approach and they pride themselves on offering impeccable services and support throughout the entire process. They also offer

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My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor J

Initially I became a donor because of the compensation benefits. I was looking for another job to supplement my income. I came across egg donation and began thinking of what an impactful decision this would be for a family wishing to conceive and having issues. I filled out the profile and within a few months had been selected by a pair of intended parents. This was my first time donating and I thought it was sort of unusual the parents wanted to meet me in person. Donor Nexus made it very clear that I in no way had to agree to this but if I was okay with it someone from Donor Nexus would also be in the room and help guide our conversation.

I agreed to meet them and am VERY happy I did. They were the sweetest couple and I really connected with them. They were immediately grateful for my willingness to meet them and also to be involved with this process. I left afterwards feeling extremely appreciated.

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All Eggs in One Basket: The Importance of Having a Back-up Plan

As we know, not everything in life is guaranteed. When you make the decision to use an egg donor to conceive, it’s good to have a back-up plan in the event you come across a “bump in the road”. Of course, everyone plans and hopes for a smooth process but as we all know nothing in life is a sure thing. What we can do is prepare you and make you aware of the possible hiccups that can arise with egg donation cycles. We have listed a few scenarios that could happen and what back-up options are available to get you back on track quickly.

Scenario 1: Egg donor is disqualified or backs out of a cycle

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We’ve Completed Our Family and Have Extra Embryos: Now What?

When a couple or individual completes their family, they often times have left over embryos. Many patients wonder what they do with the extra embryos. There are three options available to patients.

Option 1: Discard the Embryos

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Important Update Effective August 22 2016: FDA Amends Donor Embryo Regulation

Important Information on Embryo Donation Below:

In a new final rule published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, FDA has amended regulations on donor eligibility, including the screening and testing of donors of particular human cells, tissues, and cellular ant tissue-based products (HCT/Ps). (21 CFR Part 1271)

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Anonymous vs. Open Egg Donation (and the In-Between)

When an intended parent is choosing an egg donor, they can choose to keep the donation anonymous, semi-anonymous, open, or known. Most intended parents choose anonymous egg donation so that no direct contact is made with the egg donor. There are a small number of intended parent(s) that want an open (or non-anonymous) egg donation because they want to have the option of staying in touch with the egg donor throughout the offspring’s life.

 

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