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“To create the ovary, the researchers formed honeycombs of theca cells, one of two key types in the ovary, donated by reproductive-age (25-46) patients at the hospital. After the theca cells grew into the honeycomb shape, spherical clumps of donated granulosa cells were inserted into the holes of the honeycomb together with human egg cells, known as oocytes. In a couple days the theca cells enveloped the granulosa and eggs, mimicking a real ovary.”
Women who go through an early menopause could soon be given the chance to have children again thanks to a pioneering stem cell treatment. Scientists have come up with a way of restoring the ovaries' ability to produce eggs using cells specially developed in the lab.
The new technique offers hope for the thousands of women who go through menopause before the reach the age of 40, meaning they are unable to have children.
Embryo Donation - On my radio show today with Dr. Craig Sweet, I will be interviewing an embryo donor, who goes by the name "Tori." She will be providing a unique perspective on someone who decided, along with her husband, to donate her remaining embryos to an infertile couple. While I counsel clients on the range of options, such as continued cryopreservation, destruction via thawing, donating to research or donating to others, "Tori" decided that she wanted to "pay it forward" to other infertile couples.
Women are prepared to pay up to £50,000 to realise their dreams of motherhood, a study has found.
Most would take on extra work, sell possessions and sacrifice pensions to fund fertility treatment if they had difficulty conceiving. And they would be willing to spend an average of £15,000 on IVF – with one in ten prepared to shell out as much as £50,000. One in five would even consider moving house if it meant better fertility treatment on the NHS.
Steeped in history and set against the stunning and world-famous backdrop of Table Mountain, the beautiful, sea-side city of Cape Town is regarded as one of the top holiday destinations in the world.
Also affectionately known as the Mother City, South Africa’s oldest city is living up to that nickname in a rather literal way these days as an increasing amount of people from all over the world travel there to undergo fertility treatment.
The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will be holding a three month public consultation to possibly change its policies on egg and sperm donations in the United Kingdom.
The major topic under consideration in the public consultation will be changing the policies regarding egg and sperm donor compensation. “Women who donate eggs are currently paid £250, but this could rise considerably under moves to address egg and sperm shortages at IVF clinics. Many fertility clinics have long waiting lists, driving some childless couples abroad.”
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