Assisted fertilisation, the first babies born from oocyte donation with ProCrea
Two Italian twins made a young couple's dream of being parents come true. «Oocyte donation helps women to overcome even severe infertility problems», explains the ProCrea Medical reproduction Center in Lugano.
The first children from oocyte donation have been born thanks to the ProCrea Medical Reproduction Center. These are two beautiful twins, a girl and a boy, of Italian nationality. The parents, who had been wanting a pregnancy for a long time and had many failed attempts, approached ProCrea. «They came here in the summer of 2014», recalls Michael Jemec, Medical Director of ProCrea in Lugano. «Even though the woman was in a quite difficult situation, and considering her not particularly advanced age, we proceeded with a first treatment with the Fivet technique. Unfortunately this approach was unsuccessful. Repeating the same procedure would not have resulted in a positive outcome, so in March 2015 we proposed to do the oocyte donation. They accepted and we started the procedure».
The search for a donor, based on specific traits of the future mother, generated good results in a short period of time. Therefore, within a few months, it was possible to initiate the entire process: from the stimulation with the collection of the ova from the donor up to the activation of their fertilisation with the sperm of the woman's partner and the implantation of the embryo. «It all worked out well. And at the beginning of April, the woman delivered beautiful twins. The boy weighed 2.5 kg, the girl a little less,2.45. They are both in good health, as is their mother, continued Jemec. «An incredible joy for the couple, but also for us. The commitment of our staff, thanks to international partnership with selected facilities, has led to the realisation of their dream. For ProCrea, these twins are the first babies born with oocyte donation, a technique that can solve even serious female infertility problems».
For one woman out of ten, with infertility problems, oocyte donation is the only path to pregnancy and motherhood. «It is not an insignificant procedure», adds the ProCrea specialist «Having children, for some women, is a very natural path while others have to overcome many obstacles. Oocyte donation is the path that in some situations allows couples to realise a dream. The dream of a lifetime». Oocyte donation is a heterologous-type assisted fertilisation technique involving the donation of oocytes from one woman to another in order to overcome infertility situations.
«It is a programme that starts only after many in depth exams and after diagnosing problems that are not solvable in any other way», explains Jemec.
«Oocyte donation is applicable for situations of no ovarian functionality, advanced endometriosis and early physiological or surgical menopause. In this case, we are facing a situation that involves a repeated number of failures using assisted procreation techniques: a situation of infertility of a couple that did not show any apparent cause: the age was not particularly advanced, the male parameters were strong, but the female showed difficulties in fertilising the oocyte. Resorting to a donor allowed the couple to realise their dream».