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Finding the Missing (Genetic) Piece for Infertile Women

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“I’m infertile.”

When you say those words out loud, whether it’s for the first time or one-hundredth time, they no doubt sound surreal.

No woman believes they’ll face this challenge. After all, giving birth is one of the most natural things you can do, isn’t it?

Sadly, so many of us – too many of us – face the heartbreaking news of infertility.

Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine many of us will find the hope we need in fertility treatment, via donor egg IVF.

Whether you’re looking into the qualifications for egg donor candidacy or you’re wondering whether donor eggs are right for you to grow your family, we want to highlight how donor egg IVF can provide the pregnancy and birth experience you’re looking for.

Intrigued?

Good. Let’s get started!

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Will My Baby Look Like Me? The Questions You Face at the Start of Your Journey

When you begin looking into egg donation, you’ll have a whole host of questions that need answers:

Will my baby look like me?

What if the baby look looks like the egg donor?

Will I share a bond with my baby?

All of these questions are completely normal because this isn’t the usual route you expect to create your dream family.

It’s important to work through these questions and find the answers you’re looking for, perhaps even talking through your goals and concerns with a counselor.

Over time, and with the right research, you’ll gain an understanding of what connections you can expect to have with your baby.

 

Choosing the Genetics of Your Baby

When you start searching for an egg donor, you have two choices – using someone you know or using an anonymous donor from a donor program.

The first option may initially appeal to you, as you can opt for a family member whose genes you share. But, always consider how this will work in the future; will the donor want your baby to know who they are?

On the other hand, with an anonymous donor, you won’t know the donor’s full name and details, but you’ll know their educational, professional, and medical backgrounds. You’ll know what they look like, what academic achievements they have, what type of personality they have, and other information.

This gives insight into the potential genetics your baby will have, allowing you to choose a candidate similar to yourself, if you desire.

 

Passing on Your Own Genetic Material?

As well as having the ability to influence your baby’s genes through your choice of donor, recent research demonstrates how women using donor eggs may still influence how their baby’s genes are expressed.

How?

Tiny molecules containing genetic material (microRNAs) may pass from the endometrial fluid to the baby, acting as an information system. This can potentially influence your baby’s genes, thus adding to the unbreakable connection you’re already creating with your baby.

 

Weaving Your Own Unique Bond

Genetics aside, egg donation gives you the unique and heartwarming ability to carry and give birth to your baby – something adoption is unable to offer.

Whether it’s feeling their first kick or simply placing your hand on your stomach with the knowledge that they’re growing inside you, these experiences help forge a bond only a mother and child can enjoy.

You, and only you, are this child’s mother – and genetics alone cannot forge this irrevocable connection.

 

Remember – Genetics Aren’t Everything

Not sharing a genetic connection with your child is often one of the hardest hurdles to overcome about egg donation. Understandably so, as it’s a significant concern.

But don’t forget – no mother, whether she gives birth to her baby naturally or through traditional IVF, can guarantee her genes will make her baby look like her, act like her, or resemble those all-important family traits.

As you can see, you – the donor egg recipient – have more control over the genetics of your baby than most others. You’re the one who’ll bring them into this world, help them grow, and develop their own personality and individual traits, which goes way beyond genetics.

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2019

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Valentine’s Day is a few days away and I am sure many of us are sorted with the gifts. Since it is a season of gift buying, I thought many will find this February Gift Guide 2019 post very useful. Here are some products worth checking out this month, they work great for gifts for Valentine’s Day.

 

Gioteck TX -40 Xbox One, PS4, PC Headset £24.99

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As a music lover, I love having good quality headsets. This lovely headset by GioTeck ticks all the boxes. It is new in the market; launched 25 January 2019 and it is so amazing. I really like the white and red colour. The overall design is great, and it does the job perfectly. So if you are after good quality headsets that look good and perform brilliantly, or a great gift to give a loved one this Valentine’s Day, go for this GioTeck TX-40. It is available now for £24.99 at Argos.

 

Sanex Bath/Shower Products

I have used Sanxes Bath/Shower skincare products many times, and I really like the brand. Recently, I used Sanex Dermo Micellar Soothing Gel, Sanex Dermo Micellar Revitalising Gel and Sanex Dermo Radiance Shower Gel, and I love them all. I think they would work great as additions in a Valentine’s Day Hamper Gift.

 

Sanex Dermo Micellar Soothing Gel £3.80

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This soothing cleanser is great for my skin. I love how it cleans and nourishes my skin. It is currently one of my favourite shower products. You can buy this at Tesco for £3.80.

 

Sanex Dermo Micellar Revitalising Gel £3.80

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This Sanex Dermo Micellar Revitalising Gel hydrates and revitalises the skin. It is great for all skin types and you can use it on the body and face. I love it. You can grab this at Tesco.

 

Sanex Dermo Radiance Shower Gel £2.49

 

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This Sanex Shower Cream restores the skin’s natural pH level. It keeps the skin hydrated and looking radiant. I have been using it for weeks now and I really like it. You can grab this at Superdrug for £2.49.

 

Modibodi Activewear 3/4 Leggings £67.50

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I am a huge fan of this Modibodi Activewear 3/4 Leggings. It is a great innovation. You can wear this pair of leggings alone (with no underwear, tampons or pads) on light-medium period days. It can also wear this knickers as back up on heavy period days, for sneaky leaks and heavy discharge while you are exercising. This Modibodi leak-proof technology is simply amazing. I think it is going to change the lives of many women.

 

What do you think of these gift ideas?

 

 

Why I am Having an Ancestry DNA Test

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Have you ever thought of taking an ancestry DNA Test? I have many times. I have always been curious about my ancestors and I how I got here. So it is amazing we now have the technology to get an ancestry test done. I got a DNA testing kit some months ago and I will be sending the sample required over to the company in the next few days. My plan is to share the results on Fashion and Style Police, once I have digested it all. So keep your eyes open for that post.

 

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Why I am having an Ancestry DNA Test

So why am I having an Ancestry DNA Test? Myself and M are the only people I know in real life that are interested in this test. Many people I know have zero interest in having one done and wonder why I would even think of having such a test. I have always been interested in my family history. The idea of being able to discover my background and genetic makeup is incredible. I think it is valuable information everyone should have and I am grateful we now have the technology today to discover all the information we need. I am also happy it is not too pricey to have the test done too! That makes it even more possible for more people to get the genetic test done.

 

What I am hoping to gain from the genetic analysis

The results are usually 99.9% accurate which is great. I am hoping to learn more about myself through my family history and makeup genetics. Hopefully, the results from the test would help me improve my life by making necessary lifestyle changes.

 

What are your thoughts on ancestry DNA Tests? Have you had one done before or thought of getting it done? Let’s chat in the comments section below.

 

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