Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Recently, I had a chance to speak to Dr. Brandon Bankowsky from the Oregon Reproductive Medicine and one of the co-organizers of the Fertility Fair 2017 in Berlin. Given the bad press that this conference received in local newspapers (Germany is known for its strict Embryo Protection Act which doesn't allow many fertility treaments such as egg donation, surrogacy, also PGS is performed only under special circumstances), so I was duying to talk to him and hear about [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Tags: , |

At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question?

Image courtesy: serge bertasius at What's the best age to have a first baby? Biologically speaking, between the age of 18 and 25 is best to have a first child. That's when eggs are in good shape and the whole reproductive system is at its peak. Young women of 18–25 are the least likely to have chronic health problems and have the lowest rates of infertility. Infertility, in general, is a self-imposed problem. [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:40+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

What is the value of a human egg? How much would you pay to your egg donor?

Image credit: phaitoon at Tips on choosing an egg donor Thousands of babies are being born each year as a result of egg donation. In 2013, over 9,500 babies were born thanks to donated eggs. Fifteen years ago (something like middle age of reproductive medicine), egg donation was more a method then a business. At that time, ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine), the primary organization for physicians and researchers in reproductive [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:43+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Why are women advised egg donation earlier in the US than in Europe?

I often get emails from women around the world asking me when I think is the right point to enter an egg donation program. One would think that there should be a clear consensus on this in the medical community, right? Not at all. A long time ago I noticed one weird thing: it's not only biological and medical reasoning that is leading fertility doctors to suggest egg donations to women. So what is it? [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:44+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Mothers at 35 plus: What medicine and society still need to learn about them

My grandmother delivered my dad after she turned 40. My dad was her tenth and last child (seven of ten survived to adulthood). Since my grandma's oldest daughter was already married, everyone in the small village in the Balcan mountains considered it shameful for my grandma to give birth to a baby at a time when she was supposed to help raise her grandchildren. So my grandmother let her last baby be raised by her [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:44+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , |