Saturday, March 20, 2010

BRAVO BRAVO Maria Cross - IVF with Donor Eggs

So many women make the mistake of waiting too long to try and conceive. It is heartbreaking to speak to the numerous women who think they have time to put off  building their family that --  trying to conceive can just be put on a back burner for a while. These smart, talented educated women point the finger at many of the celebrities who conceive in their 40's as proof it's OK to wait. And it is OK to wait if as long as you know the realities of conception over 40 and the distinct possibility that in order to conceive and go to term later in your reproductive life, you will NEED to use a donor's eggs costing anywhere from $20,000 - $40,000 and which is a procedure not covered by insurance (in 99.9% of cases).

A woman in her late 20's and early 30's has only about 2 out of 5 eggs that are normal (chromosomally speaking). By the late 30's and early 40's only 15-20% of the remaining eggs are normal and by the mid 40's that numbers decreases to 10%. To make matters worse, IVF and the media used for the procedure can be harsh on already fragile eggs. So the chances of a successful IVF for 40+ are extremely low - less than 1% (if that).( See Geoffrey She, MD's IVF Authority Blog.)

Just look at the list of "STARS" who are having their bundles of joy in their 40's and even 50's. Just to name a few: Jane Seymour, Emma Thompson, Susan Sarandon, Madonna, Annette Bening, Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly D'Angelo and the list goes on...Does that mean the experts don't have the stats right? Or that maybe these "beautiful people" just don't have the same kind of biological function the rest of us experience?  Though I am not privy to the information behind the closed IVF clinic doors, I do know that a number of celebrities (statistically speaking) have used a donor to get pregnant and carry their child to term. Otherwise, there should definitely be clinical trials to see how these celebs do what other's biological ticking clock can't.

Maria Cross has really stepped up to the plate (IVF dish if you will) and has done a great service to women everywhere by telling the world she needed to use a donor's eggs in order to have her twins. So BRAVO Maria.

Have questions about using a donor - log onto INCIID Forums and ask an expert here.

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