• Interview with a top-expert: How egg donation works in real life Interview with a top-expert: How egg donation works in real life

    Interview with a top-expert: How egg donation works in real life

Interview with a top-expert: How egg donation works in real life

Dr. Elisabeth Clua has blue eyes and blonde hair.

One could easily think she looks like a typical German doctor – only she is not.

Elisabeth is Spanish and a leading expert in reproductive biology. Her daily job is egg donation or, more precisely, matching donated eggs (from healthy, young women) with their recipients (older, infertile women).

In even more simple terms, Elisabeth identifies the “right” biological mothers for couples who seek one for their baby.

Matching healthy, young eggs with infertile couples – deciding on who […]

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    In a converstation with two egg donation experts In a converstation with two egg donation experts

    In a converstation with two egg donation experts

In a converstation with two egg donation experts

 

A few months back, I was lucky to meet several dedicated doctors and biologists from Dexeus clinic in Barcelona at a conference for Reproductive Medicine in Germany. I used this opportunity to make an interview with the two specialists and forward questions to them that women from my blog often ask me during our counseling sessions.

I love talking with experts for two reasons: first, I love to give to my readers more than […]

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    Aspirin and heparin to help implantation: Yes or No? Aspirin and heparin to help implantation: Yes or No?

    Aspirin and heparin to help implantation: Yes or No?

Aspirin and heparin to help implantation: Yes or No?

 

The moment a woman has one or two unsuccessful series of  IVF behind her, she becomes ready to do anything, really anything to make the next IVF cycle work.

Many of the women I talk to have a long history of fertility treatments, so the question that often comes up is whether taking a low dose of aspirin (so called baby-aspirin) from embryotransfer onwards – until the positive pregnancy test and sometimes into the first […]

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    What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell

    What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell

What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell

Honestly, I never really wondered what exactly happens in a moment when egg and sperm unite.

I assumed, science would know all about it; for such an important event one would expect tons of literature describing every millisecond of it, right?

Or at least a handful of studies demonstrating what happens in the moment of creation, a moment that each and every one of us went through?

egg and sperm uniteA few weeks ago, a friend of mine, an artist, called.

She needed help for her new project and the question she had was: What exactly […]

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    Fertility bloodwork: 7 hormones which are most important for fertility Fertility bloodwork: 7 hormones which are most important for fertility

    Fertility bloodwork: 7 hormones which are most important for fertility

Fertility bloodwork: 7 hormones which are most important for fertility

This happens to me very often: a woman writes to me (here is how you can do that if you have a question) and tells me all about her fertility journey.

Then I say: all right, but could you please send me your recent bloodwork?

Then the woman sends me a ton of data: all the stimulation protocols she’s been through, her husband’s sperm values, all kinds of paperwork from the clinic …but nothing relevant […]

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    Diagnosed with low ovarian reserve? A little story about how this blog started. Diagnosed with low ovarian reserve? A little story about how this blog started.

    Diagnosed with low ovarian reserve? A little story about how this blog started.

Diagnosed with low ovarian reserve? A little story about how this blog started.

Getting pregnant always looked like something that happens easily so I’ve spent decades believing that and doing everything possible to make it not happen. When I only think of all the sex I did not enjoy because I was subconsciously busy calculating my fertile days and obsessing about condoms not being safe enough.

The moment I started trying to get pregnant, everything went wrong.

I will never forget the shock I had at my […]

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    Is PGS worth it? Probably not, and here is why: Is PGS worth it? Probably not, and here is why:

    Is PGS worth it? Probably not, and here is why:

Is PGS worth it? Probably not, and here is why:

There are people in this world such as fertility specialists on CHR (Center for Human Reproduction in New York) who are true magicians in making women pregnant and who really understand the issues surrounding low ovarian reserve or bad egg quality in women over forty.

So when they say that the PGS (pre-genetic screening, also called PGD or pre-genetic diagnostic) is ineffective and basically a waste of time and money for most women […]