Once eggs and embryos are frozen, or cryopreserved, they can remain in that state for years, or even decades, according to Dr. Jim Toner, a fertility doctor with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine.
How New Traditions Can Help You Cope with Infertility During the Holidays
March 27, 2013
Not unlike the winter holidays, Easter and Passover are filled with family-focused events, traditions, memories, and a certain level of expectation to participate in family gatherings. When you’re coping with infertility during the holidays, you may not feel up to visiting with family and friends particularly if there will be children present or you anticipate hearing the dreaded “When are you going to have kids?” question.
Dr. Daniel Shapiro, believes that the advances in genetic testing, including the ability to know which disease-causing genes we carry, will become part of our natural conversations in the near future. Dr. Shapiro is Medical Director of Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, GA, and Clinical Director of My Egg Bank, N.A.
Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Medical Director of Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, GA, explains that while the terms gestational surrogate and gestational carrier are synonymous, gestational carrier is more commonly used today.
You’re going to have a baby using donor eggs. Until recently, your best option was a fresh cycle. I wondered, do donor egg banks reduce the burden on physicians, patients and donors? I spoke with Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Medical Director of Reproductive Biology Associates and Clinical Manager of My Egg Bank North America, in Atlanta, GA on the advantages of fresh versus frozen cycles. Here are some points to consider:
Gender selection, despite being a controversial topic, can help couples determine the sex of their child for medical or social reasons. Couples looking to reduce the risk of a sex-linked genetic disease in their children or wishing to balance their family can rely on preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) as the only method proven 99.9% effective for predicting the sex of their child.
Frozen egg banks are a valuable resource for women and couples alike. While many frozen egg banks focus on the cost and time savings they can provide to couples during a donor egg IVF cycle, they offer other services as well.
Some of the most common reasons for using an egg bank include:
One third of Americans are overweight, and another one-third are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Losing weight not only lowers blood pressure and improves blood sugar levels but weight loss is associated with increased fertility potential in women and men.