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Who Needs An Egg Donor? - a patient education micro-video

TRANSCRIPT I am Dr. John Norian.  I am a board certified reproductive endocrinologist from Southern California. Slide 1:  Who needs donor eggs?  Older women with age related fertility decline are the main group of patients who need donor eggs.  Some younger women have early ovarian failure or ovarian insufficiency where both their number of eggs and ovarian function are greatly diminished.  Same sex male couples or single males also require donor eggs as part of fertility treatments.  Lastly

Egg Donation

Download a PDF of this fact sheet here Egg Donation What is egg donation? Egg donation is when a woman (donor) gives her eggs to another woman (recipient) to allow the recipient to have a baby. To donate eggs, the donor must be given medications that will cause her to develop multiple eggs over a single cycle. The eggs are then removed from the donor by placing a needle that is attached to an ultrasound probe through the vaginal tissues. The eggs are then gently aspirated (suctioned) from

Reproductive Aging in Women

Download a PDF of this fact sheet here Reproductive Aging in Women Your reproductive system ages faster than you may realize. Some women, after completing college, settling into a career, or waiting for the right partner, find that they have problems getting pregnant due to age-related infertility. Other women are surprised when they begin developing symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, while they still feel young and healthy. Understanding the stages your reproductive system goes thr

Third-party Reproduction: Sperm, Egg, and Embryo Donation and Surrogacy

A Guide for Patients  Download a PDF of this booklet  INTRODUCTION The phrase “third-party reproduction” refers to involving someone other than the individual or couple that plans to raise the child (intended parent[s]) in the process of reproduction. This includes using donated eggs, sperm, or embryos and gestational-carrier arrangements, in which the pregnancy is carried by someone other than the intended parent(s). Surrogacy, also sometimes referred to as traditional gestational carrier,

Age and Fertility (booklet)

Download a PDF of this fact sheet Introduction Fertility changes with age. Both males and females become fertile in their teens following puberty. For girls, the beginning of their reproductive years is marked by the onset of ovulation and menstruation. It is commonly understood that after menopause women are no longer able to become pregnant. Generally, reproductive potential decreases as women get older, and fertility can be expected to end 5 to 10 years before menopause. In today’s socie

Q13. Should we have genetic testing?

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is a technique in which one or more cells is taken from an egg or embryo (fertilized egg) for testing to provide information about the genetic make-up of the rest of the cells in that embryo. In order to utilize PGT, couples must undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF), where the eggs (oocytes) are removed from a woman’s body and mixed with her partner’s sperm in a laboratory.  The embryos which are created can be tested on Day #3 after egg harvest and then imp

Ovarian Reserve

Download a PDF of this fact sheet here A woman’s ability to get pregnant normally decreases as she gets older. In later life, women have fewer eggs, egg quality goes down, and eggs have more abnormalities in their chromosomes (genetic material). All these factors together mean that older women have lower pregnancy rates and higher miscarriage rates. The ability to have a baby decreases in all women as they get older, but the exact age when a woman can no longer conceive varies from woman to

Does My Age Affect My Fertility?

Download a PDF of this fact sheet here How does age affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant and sustain a pregnancy? A woman’s age is one of the most important factors affecting whether she is able to conceive and give birth to a healthy child. This is due to several changes that are a natural part of aging: The number and quality of eggs (ovarian reserve) decreases naturally and progressively from the time a woman is born until the time she reaches menopause. This decline is gradual u