UK – I donated eggs to friends… now I’ve been left infertile

May 10, 2007

Daily Mail – 9th May 2007

A woman who gave her eggs to help two childless friends fears she has been left infertile by her act of kindness. Donna Stickels, 26, revealed her personal ordeal to warn other women about the potential dangers of egg donation…

Canada – Canadians breaking law in quest to conceive

May 8, 2007

Monday, April 30, 2007 | 5:39 PM  CBC News

Canadians are turning to the black market in their quest to conceive a baby, illegally buying human eggs, a CBC News investigation has found.

CBC journalist Kelly Ryan recently contacted six Canadian women who were advertising their eggs on the internet. Within days, three wrote back with an offer and each said they were willing to undergo treatment that could net as many as 20 human eggs.

Wales – ‘I shared gift of life’

April 30, 2007

April 29, 2007 – Rachel Mainwaring, Wales on Sunday

GORGEOUS Catrin Rees loves hearing the story of how she was born. Even as a toddler, the bundle of energy was fascinated when she was told about a “kind man’s special present to mummy and daddy”.

And her proud mum, Siaron, 36, can’t thank the donor enough for giving her and husband Peter a healthy, happy child – so much so, she has been inspired to give the gift of life, her healthy eggs, to childless couples.

Link of the Day

April 26, 2007

Well now for something a little different. As this is an all-encompassing directory, intended to cover all aspects of egg donation, I thought it was time to broach the subject of egg donation for stem cell research.

This topical issue has a personal side for me. Over the past 6-7 years I have seen my uncle’s sight go from meaning he can hold down a full time job to more recent years where he now no longer can differentiate between even light and dark. The only time there is any recognition in his vision is from a flash of lightning or close camera flash, beyond that his world is one of darkness. By the day of my wedding 5 years ago he was learning to walk with a white stick and met a very blurred version of my husband, since then I have had two children, neither of which he has seen. He has met them, and held them, but it makes me very sad to know he will never see their faces. Or will he?

Two years ago, at a family party, I was discussing with him at which point his sight now was. He explained about the total loss of light and dark and said his consultant had explained his only hope of seeing again was in stem cell research, and their work in photoreceptor replacement. In his forties my uncle doesn’t hold out much hope for this research to come to anything within his lifetime, researchers would disagree, but he is not worried. His concern is elsewhere. Both his children, now aged 18 and 21, have the same degenerative disease. At the moment they both lead happy lives, needing only to wear glasses, but he knows the time will come when the degeneration will start in force.

At the time, as interested as I was, the research aspect meant very little to me. Not so much was in the news, and I didn’t really even know what it entailed. Only in recent months has it hit the headlines. Up until now researchers have only really been able to use embryos from fertility treatment that were going to be discarded for whatever reason. Couples were being given the option to donate to research instead of seeing treasured embryos ‘go to waste’. These rules have recently been changed, and now donors can come forward to donate solely for the purpose of providing embryos for research.

This has obviously thrown up a lot of ethical debate. So, the first site I have found on the subject is more of a factual one. Although by its nature, the site must be biased towards the advantages of stem cell research, it is very clear and concise, and holds a lot of information.

My mind is not made up. Even with my personal take on things I’m not sure that I would be happy for an embryo, made with my eggs, holding my dna, to be destroyed by research being carried out on them. But, many babies are aborted at a far later stage, for much less powerful reasons. Donating my eggs could save someone’s sight, and change or even save a life. Decisions as big as this were never made to be easy.

The link … Alliance for Stem Cell Research

Canada – World first in the medical field: childbirth from a natural-cycle egg donation

April 24, 2007
MONTREAL, April 5 /CNW Telbec 

The OVO Fertility Clinic announced today that it has achieved a world first with the birth of a baby from a
natural-cycle egg donation. The 41-year-old mother, who was born without ovaries, had in vitro fertilization performed in the laboratory after receiving the donated egg in a natural cycle.

Australia – Egg donor shortage: payment solution?

April 20, 2007

Splat! Blog  By Evan Maloney   March 29, 2007

In the UK and Australia fertility clinics are suffering from a massive shortage of egg donors. People are starting to wonder out loud if we should not follow the lead of the US of A…

Canada – Mother’s frozen eggs might mean daughter giving birth to sister

April 19, 2007

Charlie Fidelman, The Gazette

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2007

In what is considered a world first, Melanie Boivin has donated her eggs to her daughter who is sterile because of a genetic condition called Turner’s syndrome…

US – Nation’s First Frozen Egg and Frozen Sperm Baby Healthy and Happy at 18 Months

April 18, 2007

Orange County-Based Fertility Center Achieves Pregnancies From Both Frozen Eggs and Frozen Sperm

Apr. 17, 2007

Two California women were among the first in the world to conceive children from frozen eggs and frozen sperm. Cadyn Elizabeth was born on October 6, 2005 after utilizing frozen eggs and frozen sperm from West Coast Fertility Centers based in Fountain Valley, California…

UK – Dozens of replies to egg donor ad

April 18, 2007

BBC  20 March 2007, 10:27 GMT

A childless couple who are advertising on London buses for an egg donor have received more than 60 responses to their poster appeal…

Hello world!

April 17, 2007

This is the first post for this blog directory specializing in egg donation. Here you will find weblinks, a comprehensive blogroll and news stories from around the World.

If you have a blog or information page from the perspective of an egg donor, either in the UK or overseas, altruistic, sharing or otherwise please mail me at eggs@kerispring.co.uk with you web address and some basic information. I will have a read through your page and look at adding you to the directory.

Many thanks   K x


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