Choosing an egg donor: What’s the best approach?

Choosing an egg donor is one of the biggest decisions faced by couples undergoing assisted reproduction treatment. In fact, it may be even more difficult than the decision to receive treatment: Choosing whether to use this method of having children is a relatively simple yes/no question; choosing the right egg donor involves almost infinite possibilities, with lifelong consequences for your child.

The first rule to follow when facing this decision is to relax: Tens of thousands of other couples have stood at the same crossroads before you, and have established happy, healthy families using donated eggs. If they can do it, there’s no reason why you can’t.

Secondly, trust the medical professionals you’re working with. If you’re signed up with a reputable, licensed clinic, you should have confidence in their donor selection standards. You should also be getting personalised attention and support with the decision from the clinic staff who are assigned to your case; if you feel that you’re being neglected, or if you have any doubts about their professionalism or standards, you need to discuss those issues with them ASAP, and consider finding a new facility.

Next, think about your priorities. How important is each characteristic you’re looking for in a donor? How do you prioritise physical attractiveness, intellect, talents? And before you start setting priorities, start by looking over a lot of donors to see who is available. You may find a good fit that you wouldn’t have thought of if you had just sat down and made a list. Remember, there’s no magic formula that you have to discover; every couple has different wants and needs.

Remember also that you’ll never be able to guarantee any characteristics, either physical or otherwise. While nobody can put an exact number on it, personality, intellect and physical development all depend on both nature and nurture. Giving your child proper nutrition, medical care, intellectual stimulation and the ability to develop their talents will account for a great deal of who they become as a person. (This also applies when you’re looking at donors: Keep in mind that not everyone has the same opportunities in life, for example in areas such as education.)

Although it can’t be determined 100 per cent, you’ll definitely need to consider how important it is for your children to look like you in terms of eye, hair and skin colour. Because the prevailing medical wisdom is to tell children how they were conceived, it’s not likely that such differences will cause them to be plagued by doubts of their own once they’re grown up.

But when deciding on a donor, you do need to bear in mind that other people (both adults and children) can be nosy, and ask intrusive questions.

For patients who are particularly concerned about this aspect of the decision, ilaya now offers a service allowing you to see adult photos of selected donors. This service requires an additional contract, and of course there are restrictions on downloading pictures and personal data; to take advantage of this option, patients must sign an additional contract with our clinic.

Finally, remember that there is no such thing as a perfect donor. Don’t look at the decision as a burden; don’t think of it in terms of having just one chance to find the perfect option, and everything else will be a failure. Instead, look at it as a world of possibilities where you have the freedom to choose what will be best for you and your family – both present and future.

By | July 3rd, 2017|News, Publications|Comments Off on Choosing an egg donor: What’s the best approach?

Asherman’s Syndrome: No More Grappling With Infertility

Trying to have a baby with little success? There’s a ray of hope. Conventional medicine is playing an important role in the first treatment of couples has to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse. Or, it can help if the woman cannot carry the pregnancy to full term. With advancement in medical technology, infertility caused by a structure problem and can be corrected through surgery.

Many problems can contribute to infertility and miscarriages in women. It is important to understand that there are different problems associated with the uterus. Asherman’s Syndrome is one of such conditions which might cause infertility in females.

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By | April 11th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Asherman’s Syndrome: No More Grappling With Infertility

Reasons Why Couples Should Choose Surrogacy

Do not rob yourself of the joys of being a parent because of infertility. Opt for surrogacy and bring your bundle of joy. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why couples should choose surrogacy.

Many couples are unable to have babies for a variety of reasons. There can be infertility, age factor etc. However, does that mean you should deprive yourself from the joys of becoming a parent? Absolutely not! Not when you have surrogacy as an option. Surrogacy does not only help couple get their biological child, but also help surrogates in a number of ways.
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By | March 25th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Reasons Why Couples Should Choose Surrogacy

Find Alternative Solution for Uterine Scarring

There are a variety of reasons that a woman may not be able to conceive but the emotional disappointment each time she miscarries or goes another month without getting pregnant will take a toll regardless of the ‘why’. In some cases there are solutions that require surgery or medications but it is important to consider the risks, benefits and side effects associated with each of these options.
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Choosing a Ukrainian surrogacy provider

International surrogacy has grown rapidly in Ukraine in recent years, driven by the availability of high-quality programmes and clear laws, in close proximity to Western Europe, and accelerated by the closure of several popular destinations for intended parents. (more…)

By | February 21st, 2017|News, Publications|Comments Off on Choosing a Ukrainian surrogacy provider

Ukraine poised for growth in international surrogacy in 2017

Ukrainian surrogacy clinics may see a boom in international arrangements next year, as the closure of other countries in 2016 draws attention to Ukraine’s advantages, such as a clear legal system and geographical proximity to Europe.

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By | December 21st, 2016|News|Comments Off on Ukraine poised for growth in international surrogacy in 2017

ilaya’s New USA Cross-Border surrogacy programme

USA Cross-Border Surrogacy, a new international commercial surrogacy programme from ilaya, leverages our position as a provider with a presence in various locations around the globe, allowing us to offer a unique service with advantages drawn from several different countries, at a cost that’s about half the price of a typical surrogacy arrangement in the US.

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By | November 8th, 2016|News|Comments Off on ilaya’s New USA Cross-Border surrogacy programme

How can I look younger without cosmetic surgery?

Skin regeneration and rejuvenation techniques based on cutting-edge cell research techniques are allowing people to halt or even reverse the effects of ageing skin by restoring the cells that keep it young and healthy, providing an alternative to cosmetic surgery or chemical-based treatments such as Botox.

Your skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the thin outer layer; the dermis, below that, made up of cells called fibroblasts; and the inner layer, the hypodermis.

Dermal fibroblasts have the role of making new collagen and elastin fibres, the materials that keep your skin healthy and youthful.

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By | October 6th, 2016|News, Publications|Comments Off on How can I look younger without cosmetic surgery?

Where can I find a surrogate mother?

The landscape of international commercial surrogacy has shifted dramatically in recent years. The process is costly and can be stressful even in the best of circumstances; for many couples, it became even more so as countries around the globe changed their policies, seeking to crack down on fraudulent agents and abuse of surrogates.

That left many couples uncertain about the status of their children, and looking for new options in countries with stable legal environments surrounding surrogacy.

The trend seems to have reached a peak in 2015, as several popular surrogacy destinations closed the gates for new surrogacy arrangements, drastically narrowing the options for potential parents.

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By | September 22nd, 2016|News|Comments Off on Where can I find a surrogate mother?

Is it possible to repair spinal hernia with stem cells?

Medical technologies based on adult stem cells are offering a new treatment method for spinal hernias (also known as slipped discs), one of the most common causes of chronic lower back pain.

Spinal hernias occur most often in the lumbar region, the lower back, though they can happen at any point. The human spine is made up of bones (the vertebrae) and pieces of soft tissue in between them, known as discs. The discs include a tough, fibrous outer layer, and soft tissue inside. In a spinal hernia, the interior bulges and may break through the outer layer. If a herniated disc presses on a nerve, it can cause continuous back pain, possibly severe; numbness in the legs; or sciatica – pain in the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the back of the legs.

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By | September 13th, 2016|News, Publications|Comments Off on Is it possible to repair spinal hernia with stem cells?