Monday, October 21, 2013

Donor Eggs & IVF 'Creates' Life, Causes More Death

Use of human donor eggs has nearly doubled in a decade, according to researchers at Emory University and the federal CDC as published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  While thousands of human beings are being 'created' every year by a variety of unnatural methods, for every healthy person born of a donated egg, another is either killed or barely survives.
"Think forward. If we live in a world where kids are adopted and made with more reproductive technologies and with more parties involved, we will not fret about them quite as much. The kids will just think it's normal."
-- Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center
For background, read IVF: 'Creating' Life & Aborting Life

UPDATE 3/15/15: Secret Designer Babies via Gene-editing Science

For  further background, read Lab Creates Human Life with 3 Biological Parents and also read Women Who Give Birth Live Longer and Healthier as well as Abortion Risks Later Pregnancies, U.S. Media Silent

In addition, read Human Egg Market Hot for Smart Babes as well as Frozen Embryo Custody Lawsuit to Set Precedent

-- From "More U.S. women using donor eggs to get pregnant, with increased success: study" The Associated Press 10/17/13

U.S. women are increasingly using donated eggs to get pregnant, with often good results, although the ideal outcome — a single baby born on time at a healthy weight — is still uncommon, a study found.

That ideal result occurred in about 1 out of 4 donor egg pregnancies in 2010, up from 19 percent a decade earlier, the study found.

Almost 56 percent resulted in a live birth in 2010, and though most of these were generally healthy babies, 37 percent were twins and many were born prematurely, at low birth weights. Less than 1 percent were triplets. Low birth weights are less than about 5½ pounds and babies born that small are at risk for complications including breathing problems, jaundice, feeding difficulties and eye problems.

For women who use in vitro fertilization and their own eggs, the live-birth rate varies by age and is highest — about 40 percent — among women younger than 35.

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From "Donor egg cycles for IVF have increased, as have good outcomes for donor egg births" posted at Emory University News and Events 10/20/13

The researchers examined data at 443 clinics (93 percent of all U.S. fertility centers) and found the number of donor egg cycles performed increased from 10,801 in 2000 to 18,306 in 2010. An increasing trend was also seen in the percentage of cycles that involved frozen embryos (26.7 percent to 40.3 percent) and elective single-embryo transfers (vs. transfers of multiple embryos) (0.8 percent to 14.5 percent). Good perinatal outcomes increased from 18.5 percent to 24.4 percent. (Good perinatal outcome is defined as a single live-born infant delivered at 37 weeks or later weighing 5.5 pounds or more.)

Further studies are needed to understand the mechanisms underlying the factors associated with unsuccessful outcomes, according to the Emory researchers.

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From "Donor Eggs Increasingly Used for IVF, With Rising Success" by Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay Reporter 10/17/13

Dr. Evan Myers, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C., wrote a journal editorial to accompany the study.

"This study confirms that donor eggs have a high success rate," Myers said. "In some ways it confirms what we already knew. The older you are, the harder it is to get pregnant."

The take-away message for women in IVF treatment, he said, is this: "If the chances of success with their own embryos are low, and if they are willing to consider donor eggs, the likelihood is good they will have a healthy baby." [Albeit, about a 50% chance.]

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From "Pregnancy With Donor Eggs: IVF Method Sees Rise In Popularity, Healthier Births" by Susan Scutti, Medical Daily 10/17/13

Throughout the span of years from 2000 to 2010, the researchers noted, the mean age of both donor and recipient remained stable at 28 years old and 41 years old, respectively.

[Donor] compensation ranges from $5,000 to $10,000, with first-time donors at the lower end of that pay scale. Egg donors commonly fall between the ages of 21 and 35 — apparently old enough to legally enter into a contract but young enough to respond well to fertility drugs.

. . . a donor will be hurled into a state of temporary menopause with possible side effects that include mild headaches, hot flashes, and fatigue. After this, a donor begins a new series of drug injections that provide follicle-stimulating hormones and ends with a final injection of HCG, a hormone that stimulates ovulation.

Finally, a donor is prepared for egg retrieval. This is performed vaginally; once the donor has been sedated, her eggs are removed with a needle guided by ultrasound in a procedure that takes about 20-30 minutes total.

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From "'Where did I come from?' Donor eggs, sperm and a surrogate" by Anndee Hochman, Philadelphia Inquirer 10/17/13

The story of conception is no longer a single narrative: woman, man, sex, baby. At its most complex, it can involve five individuals: a sperm donor, an egg donor, a gestational carrier, and the intended parents. Not to mention petri dishes, hormone injections, and a good reproductive endocrinologist.

And the number of differently conceived children is growing. No one tracks the use of donor sperm, but egg donation swelled by 18 percent between 2003 and 2011. In 2010, 58,727 babies conceived through assisted reproductive technology were born in the United States. That's a lot of kids eventually asking, "Where did I come from?"

The latest [way to explain his/her existence to such a child] is What Makes a Baby, a picture book published in May by sexuality educator Cory Silverberg. Illustrated with bright Keith Haring-esque figures (a blue egg and a yellow sperm dance together, each dressed in striped socks and high-top sneakers), the book explains conception for 3- to 7-year-olds without referring to family type or even the gender of the "grown-ups" who are making the baby.

Silverberg, who will give the keynote talk at Saturday's Philadelphia Family Pride conference, initially wrote the story for some friends - a family with a transgender (female-to-male) dad, his female partner, and their 4-year-old son.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Everyone Pays for 'Gay Fertility' Treatments in California

In addition, read IVF: Women Living and Procreating Without Men