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Dr. Aimee and Dr. Diane Tober discussed with Forum host Tanya Mosley

KQED’s Forum: The Benefits and Risks of Egg Donation and Freezing

There is a growing number of women who want to freeze their eggs and an increasing demand for donor eggs. According to the latest CDC data, in 2015 more than 72,000 babies were born in the United States from harvested eggs — either via egg donation or egg freezing. This shift brings up a lot new choices and dynamics for women and families that we all need to become more aware of in order to navigate them in healthy ways.

In most cases, it’s really hard for women to get pregnant over the age of 37, and in the Bay Area most women are starting to try to get pregnant at 36. Every woman needs to know what the reality is.

On May 4th, I joined Diane Tober, an assistant professor and medical anthropologist at UCSF School of Nursing and the creator of the upcoming documentary “The Perfect Donor” on KQED’s Forum to discuss the benefits and risks of both egg donation and egg freezing.

“We’re in this murky territory where people are in these liminal states of being family and not being family at the same time,” said Dr. Tober.

We also discussed the relationships between egg donors and the families to whom they donate. Many families worry that egg donors will see the children born from their donor eggs as their children, but I think it’s important to understand that while egg donors are part of the story of every donor-conceived child, DNA doesn’t make a family.

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Fertility Doctor, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Egg Whisperer: www.eggwhisperer.com

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