“Your kind approach touches so many”

“It has been three years since we last spoke and I wanted to thank all of you for the very special work you do.

I was unfortunately unable to complete the donation process and I really hope the couple I would have donated to found another donor and successfully conceived but I was so moved by my dealings with all of you I thought I would send you a quick mail.

A few years ago my husband and I decided to start trying for a baby and we conceived immediately. We are very blessed by our beautiful young son.

Keep up the good work and know that your kind approach to your work really touches so many.”

1.7 million embryos created for IVF have been thrown away, and just 7 per cent lead to pregnancy Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255107/1-7-million-embryos-created-IVF-thrown-away-just-7-cent-lead-pregnancy

Millions of human embryos created for IVF pregnancies have been thrown away unused, figures have revealed.

They show that for every woman who conceives a child through in vitro fertilisation, 15 embryos are made, and almost half of them are discarded during or after the process.

More than 1.7 million embryos prepared with the aim of helping women become pregnant have been thrown away since records began 21 years ago, according to the new breakdown.

The scale of rejection of human embryos was made public in response to questions from peers about the level of waste generated in hospitals and fertility clinics.

Crossbench peer Lord Alton said embryos were being created and thrown away in ‘industrial’ numbers. He added: ‘It happens on a day-by-day basis with casual indifference.

‘My understanding is that you can carry out fertility treatments these days without creating large numbers of embryos to destroy them. That is where technology needs to move.’

The figures on the use of human embryos were gathered by the fertility industry regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which has recorded IVF processes since 1991.

Embryos are created from female eggs and male sperm during the IVF process. Some are then introduced into the womb of the prospective mother. Others, however, are put into storage, discarded as unwanted, or, in some cases, used in scientific experiments.

The figures released by Health Minister Lord Howe show that 3,546,818 human embryos have been created since August 1991. These have produced only 235,480 ‘gestational sacs’ – evidence of successful implantation.

As a result, 93 per cent of all embryos created – more than 3.3 million in all – are never used to generate a pregnancy. Of the embryos created, 839,325 were put into storage for future use and 2,071 were stored for donation to others. A further 5,876 were set aside for scientific research.

In all, 1,388,443 embryos were implanted in the hope of beginning pregnancies. Just under one in six resulted in a pregnancy. Of the rest, 1,691,090 were discarded unused and a further 23,480 were discarded after being taken out of storage.

The figures do not show how many of the successful implants resulted in pregnancies that went to term. Lord Alton said: ‘This sheer destruction of human embryos – most people would not know that it took place on such a scale.

‘Most people wouldn’t have any idea about the numbers of embryos being created in that process and would also feel very uneasy about them being experimented on as well.’ The HFEA said that one in 50 babies in Britain were now born through IVF treatment.

A spokesman said: ‘Over the 20 years since the HFEA was established, more than half a million people have had IVF treatment and around 200,000 babies have been born to couples who would not otherwise been able to have a family.
‘IVF involves the creation of more embryos than are transferred to the patient so that the best ones can be chosen to start pregnancy.

‘Those embryos that are discarded may no longer be needed by the individual or couple for treatment.

‘In these circumstances they can decide whether to donate the embryos to a research project, another couple or ask the clinic to destroy them.’
Embryos used for research purposes can be used only in projects regulated by the HFEA. The embryos are used to study infertility, miscarriage, embryo abnormalities or serious disease.

Couples usually pay £4,000 or more for a single IVF treatment, although costs can rise through repeated procedures in attempts to achieve a pregnancy.
Lord Howe said in a reply to Lord Alton’s written question that the fertility regulator ‘does not hold data in relation to embryos experimented upon’.
He added that it was for the HFEA to decide what information it should collect. Lord Alton said this ‘defies any kind of logic’.

Via Daily Mail

To the most amazing organisation…

“Words cannot express my gratitude for your most amazing organisation.
Tomorrow my donor is going in for egg retrieval. I’m crying as I type this
and don’t even have the words to express myself. I pray that we have a positive result.

May the Almighty bless you, your family and your incredible Nurture team!”

“You have always been kind, friendly and accommodating”

“I just want to thank you for being so amazing to me. You have always been so kind, friendly and accommodating to me and I really appreciate that. The last year and a half have been an extraordinary opportunity for me to do something that really makes me feel proud.

It is hard to explain the kind of amazement and pleasure it has given me to assist families create new life and opportunities for love.

After my last donation I received a gift from the recipients with the most heartwarming thank-you card. I hope that you will pass on these sentiments to them and my appreciation that they took the trouble to do that for me.”

“I am not just a number”

I just want to say thank you, to you, and your beyond INCREDIBLE team! This has been the most indescribable process, and I am just completely taken aback by how you guys work! It’s beyond amazing to have a team that is really communicative, and helpful in every way!

I am blown away by how fast everything has happened with Nurture. I would like to thank you all for being so amazing, and couldn’t thank you enough for actually taking time to make me feel that I am not just a number!

“What you and your team are doing is nothing short of a miracle!”

“Thank you for meeting with me this morning, it was very informative and I’m even more excited that I could possibly stand a chance of helping someone out in turning their dream of becoming parents a reality. What you and your team are doing is nothing short of a miracle and super amazing!”

Nurture featured at London’s Fertility Show

Nurture’s Tertia Albertyn recently represented Nurture at The Fertility Show in London, which is in its fourth year. The show features alternative and complementary therapists, along with some of the country’s leading fertility specialists. There were also stands selling fertility-related products like CDs and supplements.

Highlights also included seminars that covered specific fertility problems and treatments, complementary therapies, adoption, donor treatment, surrogacy, as well as how to deal the emotional and practical aspects of infertility.

Says Tertia: “The Fertility Show in London is a great way to network with other fertility provides and also to present South Africa as a preferred destination for medical tourists. Every year we have many international patients come to South Africa for fertility treatment – our medical care is excellent, our doctors are some of the best in the world and through Nurture, patients have access to a large database of multi-ethnic egg donors”.

“The great thing about the show is that you have mainstream and complimentary fertility services exhibiting side by side – there are large international IVF clinics who have exhibition stands next to ‘alternative’ providers like the very fascinating Fertility Astrologer Nicky.”

“Nurture is always looking to expand its service offering both locally and abroad and the Fertility Show in London was a great platform to reach clinics and patients from all around the world”

Extra info via BioNews

The sign that predicts how long you’ll stay fertile

Waiting for the right time to have kids? First, consider your mom’s biological clock. New research suggests that your mother’s age of menopause may predict when your fertility will decline, according to an article published in the journal Human Reproduction.

Swedish researchers divided 527 women into three groups based on their mother’s age of menopause. Then, they assessed each daughter’s fertility by measuring a certain kind of hormone in the blood and by counting the number of antral follicles, the egg-containing cell clusters in the ovaries. Researchers found that both measures of fertility (also known as ovarian reserve) declined faster among the women whose mothers experienced menopause before the age of 45, compared to women whose mothers entered menopause after the age of 55.

Women’s eggs decline in number and quality as they age, but the study results suggest that the speed of this decline may be genetic. Meaning: If your mom experienced menopause early (i.e., before age 45) there’s a chance that you could experience an early decline in your fertility, and subsequent early menopause, also.

That said, your mom’s biological history isn’t an exact blueprint for your own fertility future. “We have always been aware that there might be a relationship between maternal age of menopause and your own, but it’s not necessarily a black-and-white relationship,” says Cynthia A. Stuenkel, MD, clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, who is affiliated with The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). “Don’t feel like, ‘if this happened to my mother, this will happen to me’. Other factors may have been at play in the mother that are unknown to her daughter.”

Thyroid disease, radiation, and heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, type 1 diabetes, and elevated blood glucose are suspected to contribute to early menopause. And while there’s no guarantee that a healthy lifestyle will contribute to a later menopause, your lifestyle factors (i.e., smoking), and your mother’s lifestyle factors (i.e., smoking while she was pregnant with you) could potentially impact your reproductive age. Also, don’t forget that half your genes come from your father. There’s been no data that links paternal side age of menopause to early reproductive aging, says Stuenkel.

“This study is just a call to action if you’re on the fence about having a family,” Stuenkel says. “If you seriously want to conceive, talk to your doctor about whether your ovarian reserve should be tested, based on your age, family history, and existing health conditions.” An infertility doctor may be able to estimate how many years you have left before menopause by using hormone measurements and an ultrasound to assess your antral follicles.

Via Women’s Health

“It is always a pleasure”

It is always a pleasure being able to assist and be part of HAPPINESS… You have made it possible for me to help someone and I have done my part,
now, by the grace of the Almighty the process will be complete.

Firstly I would like to Thank my recipient for the lovely gift I received – it is greatly appreciated.

I wish you all the happiness and joy in your lives. May your baby bring an abundance of joy, happiness and love into your lives.
Having a baby is a miracle and you have been blessed, and this blessing is everlasting :-)

“Lie back and think of the beach to get pregnant”

Lying back and thinking about the beach – or wherever else one finds relaxing – can increase the chance of getting pregnant, claim researchers.

Crane Beach at Crane Beach Resort, Barbados

Researchers found that women who actively took part in stress management therapy, including visualisation techniques like imagining being on a beach, significantly increased their chances of pregnancy 


Researchers found that women who actively took part in stress management therapy, including visualisation techniques like imagining being on a beach, significantly increased their chances of pregnancy.

In a small study of Israeli women undergoing IVF, 88 per cent of those who committed to a ‘talking cure’ therapy programme became pregnant, compared to just 60 per cent who were not on it.

Jo Czamanski-Cohen of Ben Gurion University in Israel, said many women undergoing IVF convinced themselves they would never become pregnant as a self-defence mechanism.

They told her “I’m never going to be a mother,” she said.

She commented: “I think a lot of the negative thinking is preventing disappointment for them. It’s to stop them being disappointed if it does fail.”

The sessions involved breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, and ‘guided imagery’ techniques such as imagining oneself in a relaxing place.

“Eighty percent of the people I work with use the beach,” she said.

Dr Alice Domar, a psychologist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said becoming less fertile was an evolutionary response to intense stress, as being pregnant during times of high stress – such as famine – endangered both woman and child. Managing that stress could therefore help them become more fertile, she reasoned.

Via The Telegraph