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June 18, 2015

Altrui Sibling Pregnancies with Donor Eggs

Sibling - SmallWhen we started Altrui five years ago, it was our plan that we would be able to give people the very best chance of starting a family with the help of an egg donor. Most people arrive at egg donation after a long difficult journey full of heartache and disappointment, but also with hope, and our aim has been to turn this hope into reality.

In order to get it right for both donors and recipients, we were absolutely committed to two main principles:

  1. making sure that the donor should be cared for and supported all along the way, and
  2. that recipients had all the eggs that she donated rather than share them with another couple.

The intention behind this second one being that:

  • should it not be successful the first time, the couple had another chance with frozen blastocysts but also importantly that,
  • a single donation from one amazing donor could result in siblings that were genetically related.

Now, five years on, Altrui is seeing the fantastic results from this policy, with four couples currently pregnant with a fully genetically related sibling for the first donor child. We believe that this is the first time in the UK where an anonymous altruistic donor has managed to help a couple become a family that are genetically related and not twins.

We know that those donors who have helped this vision become true feel, rightly so, incredibly proud with what they have helped achieve.

 

Altrui’s Egg Donation Information Evening

Last week we held our first information evening for those who were considering using donor eggs. We suspect that this was also the first event to be held in the UK where such a variety of speakers were on hand to cover every aspect of egg donation, both clinical and personal. We held it in […]

Thinking about the numbers in egg donation

So how are you feeling about your eggs? Most women don’t even think about this, especially if we’ve already had children. Move into the world of donation, though, and you quickly notice that it can be dominated by numbers. How many follicles were there? How many eggs were collected? How many embryos developed, and how […]

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Three-parent babies

The House of Lords has approved controversial IVF procedures aimed at preventing inherited mitochondrial diseases. Over the last couple of months we have heard a lot of different views regarding the use of “three-person IVF” in the UK. Some people are all for it and others against it. What about you? Yes? No? Or maybe […]

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Stay privacy-aware – egg donation and social media

At Altrui we’ve recently started putting pregnancy and birth announcements online – it’s wonderful to share positive news and everyone who reads it feels good. But it’s got us thinking about how we can publicly celebrate donors’ amazing gift while protecting your privacy online. We follow HFEA guidelines on anonymity, meaning we only let donors […]

Asian Infertility

An Altrui egg donor explains why she can’t let anyone know she’s donating eggs   For Asian women there are clear cultural attitudes about being fertile and having children, with a correspondingly large stigma attached to being infertile. It is automatically assumed that a couple will have children, which is a major milestone in any […]

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Videos about Egg donation

There can be a mass of information to absorb going through the egg donation cycle as a donor, so to make some aspects a little easier to digest we have put together a series of short videos which go a long way towards explaining the treatment that egg donors go through. Thanks to two of […]

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An egg donor talks about donating again, Part 2

I chose to become an egg donor for two reasons, the first reason being that my mum was adopted by the most loving couple and this was my way of saying thank you to my grandparents. And the second reason being that my little sister is unable to have kids (or so we thought). Donating […]

An egg donor talks about donating again, Part 1

I chose to become an egg donor for two reasons, the first reason being that my mum was adopted by the most loving couple and this was my way of saying thank you to my grandparents. And the second reason being that my little sister is unable to have kids (or so we thought). First […]

Back to school and infertility

However reluctant we are to admit that it’s autumn now and this year’s summer has gone, there are some clear signs that time is moving on: kids are going back to school. But back to school time can be a difficult reminder for infertile couples of what they are missing out on. Pamela says, “When […]

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