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COMMUNICATION: Reproductive solidarity, Spanish women in the lead in egg donation

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COMMUNICATION: Reproductive solidarity, Spanish women in the lead in egg donation

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Evadonna, the new campaign by Clínicas Eva to create a female support network

Madrid, February 5, 2024.- Around 15,000 women in Spain undergo a process of extracting their reproductive material for subsequent donation. They are half of those who do so in Europe, a very significant figure that experts relate to several factors, from more flexible legislation on assisted reproduction to a culture of donation, which, in the case of organs, is one of the greatest prides of the Spanish health system. In both cases, whether it is eggs, a kidney, spinal cord or any other organ, it is a voluntary, anonymous and non-profit process, although it is true that In the case of oocytes, donors receive a symbolic amount as compensatory economic compensation. In this remuneration, Eva Assisted Reproduction Clinics explain, is the origin of some prejudices and misunderstandings in relation to this process that facilitates motherhood for many. women who, of childbearing age, suffer from diseases (polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian failure or early menopause) that make their desire to be mothers impossible. Law 14/2006, of May 26 on human reproduction techniques, includes the possibility of obtaining a economic compensation for contributing to the birth rate, a social indicator that has been plummeting in the last decade. It is important to clarify at this point that this amount is received in compensation for physical and work-related discomfort, as well as for travel expenses that may arise from the donation and does not represent an economic incentive. Another myth related to egg donation has to do with the belief that the process can be repeated indefinitely, so consanguinity relationships would increase uncontrollably. It is not true, Eva Clinics insist: the aforementioned law limits a maximum of six donations per donor and six children born alive. The donor must be between 18 and 35 years old, not suffer from any genetic or sexually transmitted disease and must have given her or his written consent before donating. Anonymity, one of the issues that has sparked debate in European countries, is guaranteed indefinitely. This issue, according to the egg bank of these clinics, is one of the questions that is usually asked by donors in the prior interview, but it is not, they clarify, not even remotely what worries them most. The most repeated questions have to do with your future fertility and specific issues such as taking contraceptives and sexual relations during the procedure. To the first question, fertility experts respond with a categorical no: donating has no influence at all on the possibility or not of being a mother in the future. Negative is also the response in relation to sex when in the process of egg donation. It is not advisable to practice it, they warn, after beginning the ovarian stimulation phase, since in the case of a condom breakage the process should be suspended to avoid a multiple pregnancy. However, after ovarian puncture sexual activity can be resumed. During this phase, in which the eggs are extracted, contraceptives should not be taken either. The donation, from the initial interview, through the medical check-up and until the extraction of the eggs, lasts about two months. During this time the donor is hormonally stimulated to take advantage of the follicles of that ovulation. The extraction only lasts twenty minutes, during which the woman remains sedated. The eggs obtained are frozen immediately to facilitate motherhood for other women. And how is their fate decided? Another legend related to the donation arises here. No, future parents do not choose a baby "à la carte", but it is the egg bank professionals who carry out what is called matching, which is nothing more than ensuring physical correspondences between both women - donor and future mother —, in addition to, of course, blood group and race. Precisely, increasing donation by Caucasian women is one of the objectives with which the Evadonna campaign was born, a call for the creation of a solidarity network of women that help others to be mothers. Here, social networks and their great power of communication and convocation are responsible for the largest number of subscriptions to the program. Although "word of mouth" works, they end from these centers, the majority of donors arrive through the omnipresent Facebook and Instagram. Issuer: Clínica Eva

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