Did you know that there are solutions and alternatives if you cannot get pregnant with your own eggs? The egg donation is an assisted reproductive technique that has many advantages, with high success rates, much higher than other techniques, being a solution to fulfill the dream of being mothers and fathers, and forming a family.
Egg donation is a very common treatment in elderly women, who achieve the longed-for motherhood thanks to the eggs of a young donor, which can be fertilized with the semen of the couple, or with that of a donor.
At first, this situation is rare for the woman and for the couple; however, in the Vistahermosa Reproduction Unit egg donation cycles are very numerous due to the increasingly frequent delay of maternity. However, a Egg donation diagnosis to achieve the reproductive project, renouncing genetic inheritance, supposes frustration for the woman and the couple, when considering that your future baby will not have your physical features. Confronting this fear is known as “Genetic duel”.
How to assume the genetic duel?
One of the best ways to overcome the genetic grief of an egg donation is to understand the bond that is established between the mother and the embryo before implantation and the development of pregnancy. This communication refers to power of epigenetics, an intense link that exists both in pregnancies with own gametes and in those with donated eggs.
“Needing donor eggs to start a family is a serious approach. It generates anxiety, mistrust and frustration”, says the doctor José López Gálvez, director of the Vistahermosa Reproduction Unit. “Our commitment begins by transmitting empathy, security and trust in the process.
“Assuming that you have to renounce genetic inheritance takes time and not all couples, nor all people, manage to do it. But our experience is that this difficult moment is easily overcome when the desired pregnancy is achieved. The unsurpassed happiness that our patients transmit when they hold their baby in their arms”.
The recommendation of the specialists of the Vistahermosa Reproduction Unit is that the woman has to focus on the final objective: to achieve the desired pregnancy. According to Dr. López Gálvez “During the months of gestation, the future baby feeds with the mother’s placenta, in contact with your uterus, so it carries her blood, her epigenetics. Children imitate gestures, the way of walking, of moving, of expressing themselves, which makes them similar to their parents.
Epigenetics, beyond genetics
Epigenetics is the science that studies the modifications that occur in the gene expression, which are not due to a DNA alteration and are heritable. Although the genetic sequence as such does not suffer alterations, during the nine months of pregnancy the pregnant mother is capable of modulating the gene expression of her future child.
This exchange that occurs between the endometrium and the embryo explains why many babies born thanks to egg donation look like their mothers. The discovery of epigenetics helps break down those emotional barriers that many women and couples experience when forced to resort to egg donation treatment.
What causes gene expression modification? During the implantation period of the embryo in the endometrium, the mother secretes into the endometrial fluid different lipids and proteins to nourish the embryo, in addition to small molecules of messenger ribonucleic acid (RNA) that bind to each of the parts of the ribonucleic acid of the embryo, which produces changes in its genetic transcription.
This circumstance shows that in a egg donation treatment The bond between mother and child is intense, not only emotional, but also cellular, since the future baby will carry expressions transmitted by the mother in its genetic code. Thus, women who achieve pregnancy with an egg donation treatment have a decisive implication in the genetic development of their child since, if the embryo were to develop in another uterus, it would be completely different.
Fenomatch guarantees physical resemblance
The Vistahermosa Reproduction Unit is a pioneer in incorporating the platform Fenomacht to perform facial matching, making available to their patients this innovative technology that helps his team to find the best possible donor, applying the novel biometric technology to determine the resemblance of one person to another by fixing facial points and measuring distances.
Through advanced Big Data algorithms, which convert a facial image into a mathematical formula, representing more than 100,000 nodal distances from the person’s face. The result is an accurate impression of facial data that does not change with age or with an individual’s weight gain or loss.
“Fenomatch provides trust our patients, reducing the stress of future parents and optimizing the donor selection process, finding matching phenotypic characteristics with the mother, genetically compatible and with greater facial similarity. This increases the chances that the child looks more like his mother “, says the director of the UR Vistahermosa.
Egg donation, the technique with the highest success rate
Egg donation is a treatment with a high success rate. According to data from the Registry of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF), the probability of achieving a pregnancy in the first cycle is 60%, 80% during the second cycle and 90% from the third cycle. The reason is simple, most of our donors have between 18 and 30 years old, and their eggs are young, fertile and of high quality”.
Spanish legislation establishes complete anonymity for egg donationIn such a way that the oocyte recipient cannot in any case know the identity of the donor, nor can the donor know that of the recipient. The only things that can be communicated are some phenotypic traits, such as blood group and age. These data are used to find a physically compatible donor.
The Vistahermosa Reproduction Unit has a high success rate, well above the standards published by the Spanish Fertility Society.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.