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Egg Donation

Family Planning Options For LGBT Couples

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

For some in the LGBT community, determining how they can start or even grow their families with the help of fertility experts is a process sometimes fraught with obstacles. I'm happy to say that in my nearly 30 years as a fertility doctor, third-party reproductive options have come a long way.

A Multi-Billion-Dollar Unregulated Industry With No Oversight -- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Many sperm and egg donors and recipients have been told by their doctors, fertility clinics, and sperm/egg banks that there are laws in effect prohibi...

A Brief History of Donor Conception

Wendy Kramer | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

1322: Artificial insemination (referred to as AI until the 1980s) was first used successfully by the Arabs on mares.

The Donor Sibling Registry Reaches 50,000 Members!

Wendy Kramer | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

50,000 members! The Force is with us!

Egg Donation: Reporting Discrepancies & Medical Issues

Wendy Kramer | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

We can see huge discrepancies regarding statistics that the reproductive medicine industry reports for the health of egg donors following donations. T...

Reflections From A Five-Time Egg Donor

The Establishment | Posted 03.11.2016 | Arts
The Establishment

Artist Jenny Carolin, who has donated her eggs five times, discusses writing letters to her future children, the haunting work she's created about who...

Thinking About Selling Your Sperm or Eggs?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

This kind of irresponsible advertising (from a NY sperm bank), only goes to show the lack of proper education given to prospective donors about decisions made now for a quick buck, that can affect them (and their families) for the rest of their lives.

Donor Conceived People Searching -- One Central Registry

Wendy Kramer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Donor Sibling Registry "Copycat" Sites- Why Dilute the Search? Over the past decade or so, there have been a few Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) "copy...

An Open Invitation to All Sperm Banks

Wendy Kramer | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

I invite you to follow in the steps of many egg clinics and agencies, and offer your donors and parents the option of writing the Donor Sibling Registry into your sperm banking agreements - establishing anonymous (if desired) contact on the Donor Sibling Registry, right from the start.

Donor Families Connecting: Love or Fear?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Parents can, and should put the needs and desires of their children to seek out and connect with half siblings and/or donors, above their own fears. This is the ultimate sacrifice that parents make for their children. It is also the greatest gift we can give to our children, and to ourselves.

Grandparents via Donor Conception

Wendy Kramer | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

There are significant cross-generational relationships that gamete donation has engendered that haven't yet been talked about. As donor conceived people and their donors (aka biological mothers and fathers) are finding each other more regularly through the Donor Sibling Registry and through DNA testing websites, there are members of a third generation that are also connecting- the grandparents.

Back-to-School Brings Reminder of Pride to This Fertility Doctor

Dr. Guy Ringler | Posted 09.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Guy Ringler

In June I heard from a young woman. She was graduating from high school, and her parents sent me a notice of her accomplishment. It had been almost 18 years since I last saw them in my office, suddenly expectant parents after having tried fruitlessly to have a child for so long.

Donor Conceived People and The Reproductive Medicine Industry Disconnect

Wendy Kramer | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

It's an innate human desire to want to know where we come from. It's important for both our medical and psychological well being to know about our biological first-degree relatives, our ancestry, our medical backgrounds, and our genetics.

The Ethical Sperm Bank: An All-Open Sperm Bank. An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

A cultural phenomenon is growing these days in the world of gamete donation. The voices of the donor-conceived are growing louder and clearer, and the vast majority express that knowing or having known the identity of their donors is better than not knowing.

The Future of Surrogacy in Minnesota

Erin Havel | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Erin Havel

There will be a few challenges along the way, and here's a big one. You found your life's mate and you are ready to start a family. The only trouble is, because of your medical history, your body is incapable of holding a pregnancy to term.

Anonymous Third Party Reproduction Ignores Children's Rights and Welfare

Mirah Riben | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Parental rights issues -- such as that of Sheena and Tiara Yates -- should never be decided based on the rights of one (or two) parents versus another parent with the omission of the rights of the child to know their genetic heritage. Children are not property and decisions concerning their lives must not ignore their needs and rights.

I Donated My Eggs So I Could Travel The World

xoJANE | Posted 11.28.2014 | Women
xoJANE

My files were being judged. Women were looking at them and deciding whether or not they wanted my eggs to make a baby with. It was a little surreal.

"Three-Person IVF" Update Reveals How Little We Know

Jessica Cussins | Posted 08.05.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

Three-person IVF is a critical departure from the traditional kind. This new and biologically extreme technique, which has generated scientific and bioethical controversy on both sides of the Atlantic, would combine genetic material from one man and two women in a single embryo.

The Cost Of Being A First-Time Egg Donor

Justine Griffin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Justine Griffin

The eggs in my ovaries made me valuable. Without them, there is no in vitro fertilization, no surrogate mothers, no baby-making business. As it unfolded, I began to feel like a commodity rather than a human being, a means to an end on the infant assembly line.

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

Kathleen Miles

'Not Everything In Life Is For Sale'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.15.2013 | Los Angeles

California Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of legislation that would have allowed women to sell their eggs for medical research has infuriated some women's ri...

Infertility Saved My Life

Julia Indichova | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Julia Indichova

One day, in a last-ditch effort to prop up my wilting ovaries, I decided on a physical and emotional overhaul. I thought if I don't get pregnant, at least I'll be the healthiest I've ever been.

Which Comes First: The Woman or Her Eggs?

Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D. | Posted 04.18.2013 | Science
Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D.

if we're going to support a "right to stem cell research," then we need to guarantee a right to health in the form of serious investment in egg donor safety. As it stands, we're crafting a pro-science policy arena that's not necessarily pro-health.

California Egg Donation Bill Faces Backlash

The Sacramento Bee | Melody Gutierrez | Posted 05.10.2013 | San Francisco

Five years ago, Alice Crisci froze her eggs, knowing she could be left infertile after chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Now, cancer-free and...

I Donated My Eggs For The Money -- And I Don't Regret It

Jasmine Stein | Posted 05.04.2016 | Women
Jasmine Stein

For women it sometimes feels like once we get to a certain age, we are destined to hand over control of our bodies to another being, along with whatever hopes and dreams we had for ourselves.