28Nov/17

Meghan King Edmonds pregnant again with IVF

Meghan King Edmonds, star of the Real Housewives of Orange County, has announced via her blog that she underwent another cycle of IVF in the summer and is now expecting her second child.

The 33-year-old television personality also revealed that she and husband, Jim Edmonds, are expecting a baby boy and their one-year-old daughter is ready to don the hat of a big sister.

“So we’ve made it to the announcement: Aspen is going to be a big sister!” Edmonds wrote in her blog post. Pregnancies are hard to keep under wraps, especially if you are already a reality star, and Meghan shared that she is already 10 weeks into the pregnancy.

“It was so hard for us to keep it a secret from everyone especially since we shared our entire IVF journey with Aspen on RHOC from the very beginning. Tonight on the RHOC reunion you’ll see that I’m only one month pregnant, but that was filmed five weeks ago: we are now ten weeks pregnant (and I’m feeling every bit of it)!”

The baby is due in June 2018.

 

Wanted a second child

Meghan married the former MLB center fielder in October 2014 and they welcomed daughter Aspen in November 2016 with the help of in vitro fertilization.

Meghan revealed that only a few months after the birth of their first child, the couple realized they wanted to grow their family even further.

“When Aspen was only a few months old Jimmy and I knew we wanted to add another baby to the mix,” she said.

She wanted to have boy to balance their family, especially because Jim already has four girls and a boy from previous relationships.

“Yes, Aspen has half-siblings but we wanted her to be able to share in the joy of waking up to a sibling every day of her life.”

The couple had two frozen embryos from their previous IVF cycle so Meghan though she’d go though it again.

“This was a difficult decision for us. Jimmy was adamant he didn’t care about the sex of the baby, he just didn’t want me to have to again endure the emotional rollercoaster that comes with IVF. (If we had decided to transfer one of the female embryos my drug regimen would’ve been much less involved than full blown IVF.),” she explained.

“But I insisted: I was more comfortable with going through IVF again since I knew what to expect. So we moved forward with IVF.”

 

IVF gave me depression: Edmonds

The reality star had shared her journey through the first cycle of IVF onscreen. She said that it gave her “the worst depression of my life”.

This time around, she found it easier as she had her support system —Aspen and pet pooch, Girly Girl. The couple waited for the baseball season to end before they start the treatment, so Jimmy could be present around her.

“I felt like I handled this IVF much more in stride,” Meghan wrote. “I’m not sure if it’s because I knew what to expect or if maybe my body was used to the hormones, but it was easier. I was also armed with the emotional mindset to be so much healthier this time around whereas last time I was surrounded by the stress of filming RHOC (which is VERY stressful and emotionally taxing).”

She also admits to have made significant lifestyle changes to cope with IVF—eating healthy, cutting out on alcohol, going for regular acupuncture sessions, and daily walks. “I also prayed, meditated, and read a lot,” she said. “I didn’t even watch emotional or negative TV shows. I just felt at ease.”

In a recent interview with ET, Edmonds talked about motherhood and the associated joy.

“I’m so obsessed with motherhood,” she said. “It’s all consuming. It’s all you do. That’s all you care about. Everything else is just peripheral.”

Reportedly, she hopes to have four or five kids

“It’s like, Oh, OK, now I have this cool baby I’m obsessed with. I’ll do it again. I’ll do it 10 more times. If that’s what I have to do to get this, it’s worth it.”

 

Meghan King Edmonds IVF – PGS

Meghan shared that this time around the doctor’s were able to retrieve 10 eggs from her ovaries, all of them were fertilized, and they had ten embryos.

At this point PGS was done to identify any genetic abnormalities in the embryos and also check their gender. By transferring genetically healthy embryos, you can eliminate the risk of a miscarriage.

(Related read: Causes of recurrent miscarriage)

“The way I see it is that if I get pregnant with a PGS embryo my chances of miscarriage are virtually eliminated except for an act of God,” Meghan wrote. “PGS also uncovers the sex of each embryo. Of our ten embryos, only four were chromosomally NORMAL: three boys and one girl! We were a bit shocked that 60% of our embryos were abnormal but so happy to have four VERY strong and perfectly healthy embryos.”

So embryo transfer was done and Meghan tested positive for pregnancy.

“I’m not feeling the greatest but we know that it will all be worth it in the end.  Aspen will make a fabulous big sister at only a year-and-a-half old in June 2018!” read her blog.

“Oh, what about the biggest question: Boy or girl? Think blue this time around!”

PGS is known to improve the success rates of IVF as it allows the doctor to study the genetic composition of the embryo and only choose the best ones to be transferred. Fertility clinics in Thailand claim success rates of 60-80% in IVF + PGD and many women flock there for low-cost IVF.

 

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22Nov/17

Ex Miss World, Diana Hayden, pregnant again with frozen eggs

Former Miss World Diana Hayden has conceived twins with the eggs she froze about ten years ago. Earlier in 2016, she gave birth to her first child – a daughter, who she named Arya. Hayden was 42 at the time.

A decade ago you would credit this to some medical marvel, but now we just call it egg freezing, which is becoming common as more women wait till later in life to get married.

Related read: What happens in egg freezing?

 

The main reason why women freeze eggs

Although career concerns may cause some women to delay child bearing, a hectic professional life is usually not the main reason for women to choose egg freezing. It is actually the lack of a partner.

Female fertility starts to decline between the ages of 35 and 40, and if by that time women don’t have a significant someone, they consider saving their eggs for future instead of just settling down with someone they don’t feel sure about.

“I froze my eggs for two reasons: I was busy with my career at that time and, more important, I was very clear that I was going to wait to fall in love and marry before having a baby.”

As it was for Diana, who froze her eggs as insurance for future as she desired to be a mother but didn’t want to rush into marriage.

“I wouldn’t want to get married just to have a kid, or just to do the conventional thing. So, you give yourself that option, where there’s no pressure,” said Diana, who had married American Collin Dick in 2013.

She also brings up the proverbial biological clock that is a natural concern for women. “You hear that tick-tick behind you because you feel it,” she said.

 

Feeling FREE after egg freezing

Diana Hayden was 32 years old when she first learnt about egg freezing in 2005. It was not so commonly offered then, but Hayden approached a doctor and within the next two years she underwent egg freezing.

16 eggs were collected and frozen and that led Diana to what she described as “feeling free.”

“I just felt so free because I felt time is on my side. I can make my choices, make the right decisions and lead my life,” she said of her egg freezing experience. “Today, you have a choice. All you’re doing is saving your chance for ‘what if.’”

She also feels that career focused women can make use of this option and not feel pressurized about getting married or having a baby, when they are not ready.

 

What is a good age to freeze your eggs?

Pregnancy becomes difficult after 40 years mostly because the quality of a female’s eggs deteriorates rapidly in late 30s. Poor egg quality is infact one of the top reasons for failure of IVF in older age.

A healthy woman can carry a baby even in later years if her eggs are still holding well.

Egg freezing will not be helpful if your egg quality has already started to decline. So, if you plan to freeze your eggs, you should consider doing preferably it before the age of 35.

Ideally doctors recommend the age of 32-34 for freezing eggs; the earlier the better.

However, this is not standard as all women have individual factors. Some women may have good quality eggs even upto the age of 40 years. Even if you have crossed the age of 35, you must not dismiss this idea before checking your fertility status.

 

Pregnancy in older women

Egg freezing can cost $2,000 – $10,000 and it may not be a viable option for all women. The other option to get pregnant in later life is to use donor eggs for IVF.

Egg freezing requires a special freezing and thawing technique, so you must carefully choose a reputed clinic and doctor.

 

To see if egg freezing is a viable option for you and to find a reliable doctor for egg freezing, get in touch with us using the form on the right.
20Nov/17

Kenya Moore goes to Barbados for IVF

Kenya Moore, the star of Real Housewife of Atlanta, is reportedly undergoing IVF treatment in Barbados. She was spotted entering the Seaston House Fertility in Bridgetown and some people close to her confirmed to the TMZ that she is indeed planning to get pregnant with IVF.

TMZ also reported that although she arrived solo for her treatment, Kenya’s husband, Marc Daly was expected to join her in two days.

Later on Saturday, November 18, the happy couple was seen walking out of the airport with Daly carrying a small suitcase. The IVF process typically takes 2-3 weeks and another 15 days are required after the procedure for pregnancy confirmation. Kenya is reportedly staying in Barbados for that duration.


 

Starting family with IVF

The 46-year-old entrepreneur and reality star gave an indication of her desire to start a family via an instagram post that showed her dogs Kings and Twirl playing in the sand. She also asked the followers to pray for her.

“My twins #KingsandTwirl they bring so much fulfillment in my life, calm, happiness and purpose. I can only imagine what children do. Pray for me,” she wrote. Although later, she deleted the “pray for me” part.

Kenya has also talked about her hopes of becoming a mother earlier, as she said to the US Magazine in October: “I think all of my plans are in motion and I hope by reunion you see me with a belly, so we’ll see. Fingers crossed!”

IVF in older women can be difficult as female fertility declines sharply with age. RHOA camera crews were not around but it is learnt that Kenya plans to talk about her IVF experience during the reunion show that will be filmed in the early part of next year.
 

All is well in Moore’s marriage

Moore had eloped with Daly and surprised her fans by announcing her marriage in June. “I married the love of my life and the best man I’ve ever known,” she told the Us Weekly back then. “I never believed I could be this happy! I want to thank everyone who made my day special. I felt so beautiful in my Pallas Couture dress! It was a magical day.”

Marc Daly already has children and Moore revealed that when she wished him via an instagram post on Father’s Day, June 18.

“To my husband, Happy Father’s Day to you and all the great Dads. We met a year ago but didn’t speak again until December. Since we reconnected you have been my everything, my one and only, my heart…I love you,” she captioned the photo.


Later however, she confessed that she and her husband had hit a rough patch in their marriage and that they might get divorced. Moore broke down off camera as she told the production staff about her troubled marriage.

She explained that her restaurateur husband was having a difficult time dealing with her fame. He lived in New York while she stayed at her home in Atlanta.

“All this pressure. And it’s like too much too deal with and I don’t want to get divorced,” she said through the tears.

However, the couple seems to have put their troubles behind them as they are now in Barbados, looking forward to start their family with the help of IVF.

 

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20Aug/17

Breast cancer drug improves IVF success rates, claims Clinic

Breast cancer drug Tamoxifen is being used to improve the success rates in IVF for women over 40.

Doctors at a British Clinic have claimed that they have used the drug to improve IVF results in women over the age of 40, having a lower ovarian reserve or limited number of eggs.

Normally, women in their late 30s and 40s are offered to undergo IVF with donor eggs but if the above claims are proven to have merit, they might be able to use their own eggs for IVF.

 

Tamoxifen trial

Tamoxifen given to patients after their breast cancer surgery as it helps prevent the deadly cells from growing back.

However, a British clinic is using it in fertility treatments for women who are over the age of 40 and have lower egg count and perhaps, a lesser chance of getting pregnant.

Professor Geeta Nargund of Create Fertility has reported that she carried out a trial by giving Tamoxifen to 31 of her patients with an average age of 40 years and a low ovarian reserve. A total of 54 IVF cycle were carried out between the women, using fresh and frozen eggs.

Dr. Nargund told the British Fertility Conference in January that six of these women had successful pregnancies and became mothers.

This means the success rate of IVF in these women was around 20 percent, which is higher than the standard recorded success rate of 12 percent at that age.

Since then Dr. Nargund says she has carried out a hundred IVF cycles and found similar results.

“As the women had more than one embryo transfer, the cumulative birth rate was 19.3 percent per patient using their own eggs.”

“This is an excellent result for women with very low egg reserve because most of them had been told to try donor eggs,” she said. “The results would be a lot higher in women with normal egg reserve.”

Tamoxifen is known to cut the risk of breast cancer by up to 40 percent.

It is believed to improve fertility by lowering oestrogen levels, which causes the ovaries to produce better quality eggs.

Tamoxifen could potentially slash the costs of fertility treatment. In a traditional IVF cycle, a woman would typically inject herself daily for up to four weeks.

“The drug has been shown to provide a realistic opportunity for women who are desperate to have a baby using their own eggs before considering donor egg options,” Dr. Nargund told The Daily Mail.

 

Criticism

Egg quality declines with age increasing age in women and poor quality of eggs is one of the top reasons for IVF failure.

If Tamoxifen can really help improve egg quality, it would be significant in improving success rates and lowering IVF costs, and may even help some women to conceive without IVF.

However, the trial is still too small to draw any conclusions from.

Doctors will certainly question the efficacy of Tamoxifen in improving egg quality and more research is required to back these claims.

Some readers have commented on the same Daily Mail report that their doctors had advised against the ill-effects of the drug.

“I am over 40 and take Tamoxifen and am post menopausal now. It killed off my ovaries. This claim seems to be the opposite info my oncologist told me and I’ve discovered in my own research,” wrote an American reader.

A British woman seemed to agree with her, as she wrote: “Yes, I agree. The leaflet in Tamoxifen also says that it can cause birth defects and my oncologist advises not to get pregnant whilst on it! How weird that it is being used for fertility treatment.”

14Aug/17

Parliamentary panel rejects banning of Commercial Surrogacy

The long wait on India’s surrogacy Bill has finally ended and the Parliamentary committee tasked to review the Bill has voted against it.

Expressing concern over the possibility of illegal business in surrogacy if banned by the government, members of the parliamentary committee have rejected the blanket ban on commercial surrogacy in India, as suggested in the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, 2016.

The proposed Bill called for a complete ban on surrogacy arrangements in which any kind of compensation is offered to the surrogate, and suggested that only the altruistic form of surrogacy be allowed.

However, the parliamentary committee tasked with reviewing these suggestions, has said that banning of commercial surrogacy could lead to the growth of a black market in surrogacy services.

“The whole surrogacy service could go underground and would lead to increased exploitation with no mechanism for protection of any of the parties involved in the surrogacy arrangement,” the committee said in a report.

“There is also the likelihood of surrogacy being driven underground involving illicit inter-country movement of women to be surrogate mothers into foreign nations or safe surrogacy havens globally for monetary returns.

“This may subject the surrogate to worst sufferings. Hence, a prohibition of commercial sector is likely to hurt the very people it seeks to protect,” they said.

 

Surrogacy cannot be altruistic

The 2016 bill requires the complete prohibition of surrogacy arrangements that involve monetary compensation and only allow for altruistic form of surrogacy.

However, the parliamentary committee spoke out against it, saying that expecting a woman to endure the hardships and post-partum period for another couple for only altruistic reasons is “tantamount to a form of exploitation.”

If you only let close relatives be surrogates, it is likely to be out of “compulsion and coercion” and not because of altruism.

“Pure altruistic drive for any substantial and meaningful contribution of someone else’s life is unreasonable to expect in today’s economic and social environment,” said the committee. “Endorsing altruistic surrogacy will enforce emotional and social pressure on close female relatives without any compensation for immense emotional and bodily labour of gestation involved in surrogacy as well as loss of livelihood.”

 

NRIs to be allowed commercial surrogacy in India

The committee agreed to not allowing surrogacy for foreign nationals in India but saw “no point” in restricting NRIs to commission for surrogacy services

“Given our sentiments and sensibility, the social status of a woman in our society is judged by her reproductive life and there is a lot of pressure on her for child-bearing.”

Noting the significance of reproductive ability in our society, the members said that any woman is under a lot of pressure to have a child, and surrogacy should be an option for them if they are unable to have one for medical reasons.

The committee members also suggested in favour of keeping surrogacy open for live-in partners because the current time demands that.

To not acknowledge live-in partners’ surrogacy needs would mean that the bill is not in consonance with the “present day modern social milieu that we live in and is too narrow in its understanding,” they said.

 

Need for surrogacy bill

The surrogacy bill, introduced in November 2016 in the Indian Parliament, was aimed at protecting the rights of surrogate mothers.

PadmaShri Dr. Kamini Rao—a pioneer of ART in India, discusses significant points from the medical perspective and insisted that the rights of intending parents should also be protected.

Noting some cases where the surrogate was exploiting the commissioning parents, Dr. Rao called for a greater regulation in the surrogacy sector of India and opines that the surrogacy Bill has to be a part of the ART Bill, which has been worked upon for almost 20 years.