Tag Archive for embryos

A Letter of Hope

This time of year is a struggle for so many. And for single women who long to start a family, particularly those facing the challenges of fertility over 40, it can be especially difficult. A woman wrote recently on the Choice Mom discussion board that she was giving up hope. She was unhappy about the…

Choice Mom Coach Sarah Kowalski

Sarah Kowalski

If you are feeling isolated and overwhelmed making decisions about this journey, Choice Mom Sarah Kowalski — who has offered excellent information on this website about her egg donation experience in Mexico and about epigenetics — is creating a video-based support group. She is offering free calls March 5th through April 9th, Thursdays, 5-6:30pm PST.…

Choice Mom EGuide: About Embryos

One of the most exciting developments I see for Choice Moms in the coming years is the opening up of the relatively new embryo donation frontier for those women whose own eggs aren’t working. New players in the field are working with single women.

Q&A: On Progesterone, and Embryo Implantation Issues

Dr. Rafat Abbasi, Columbia Fertility Associates

A woman on our Choice Moms Over 40 discussion board asked women for tips on how to reduce pain from injections, which she was worried about. One woman noted that she took vaginal progesterone suppositories. Another woman wrote and warned that sometimes women don’t absorb the suppositories well. She had insisted on getting bloodwork done…

What is Epigenetics?

Sarah Kowalski

excerpted from the Choice Mom E-guides to Eggs and to Embryos, submitted by Sarah Kowalski “Within the next 10 to 20 years we will discover that our genetic code only accounts for 10 percent of what gets inherited and what makes us who we are. Genes at birth are not as essential as we once…

Navigating the world of embryo donation

Embryo donation is the process of using embryos that have been created during an IVF treatment, but not selected for implantation — the couple or individual who has decided they are now done building their family has the choice to donate those remaining embryos for others to use. Originally, these embryos were largely stored by…