using your mother's eggs?

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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On the TV show The Doctors today they briefly talked about a story of a woman who gave birth to a girl with Turner's Syndrome. because of this, her daughter is sterile. the mother had some of her own eggs removed and frozen so that if her daughter ever wanted to have children, eggs would be there for her to use. the controversy is that if she ever uses her mother's eggs, she would essentially be giving birth to her own brother or sister.

more information on Turner's Syndrome:
http://www.turnersyndrome.org/what_is_ts...


what do you think? sweet or weird? if you were sterile, would you use your mother's eggs if they were available/viable/etc?

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~Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2011

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Effect of the chromosomal errors

The missing or altered X chromosome of Turner syndrome causes errors during fetal development and other developmental problems after birth — short stature, ovarian failure and learning disabilities.



Risk factors

The loss or alteration of the X chromosome takes place spontaneously. Therefore, it's unlikely that parents of one child with Turner syndrome will have another child with the disorder.

http://www.bing.com/health/article/mayo-...'s+syndrome

Mary - posted on 01/28/2011

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Veronica, re-read the link you posted - 60% of those women who used an egg donor did get pregnant, and go to viability - the references to miscarriage were the 5% who got pregnant with their own remaining eggs.

It should also be noted that the article is 10 years old - and trust me, much has changed in high risk obstetrics in 10 years. I'd wager that outcomes are better now, with much more cardiac monitoring of these patients.

Tara - posted on 01/28/2011

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I would also be worried for her health and the possibility of having a child with the same affliction. I don't know enough about Turner's to comment on what kind of illness it is.
But if it were me and I were sterile, and my mom had eggs to give me, sure I would do it. I would rather my child share my genetic history than have an egg donor from an unknown gene pool. :)
As long as the sperm isn't also a relative, I'm A-Okay with this kind of thing.

Veronica - posted on 01/28/2011

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The question I would have is, if the daughter has Turner's Syndrome, could the daughter have a baby with the same syndrome, using the eggs from the mother who had a baby with Turners syndrome??? (did that make sense) Even though, at this point this is a random syndrome, and not exactly genetic/inherited - what's if that chance is there?? That is what I would worry about. And also, after reading the info -- if it affects the heart, why would you want your daughter to have a baby,, when having a baby puts more work on your heart in the first place, Id be concerned that the daughter would have further heart complications while pregnant.

I conclude, it sounds sweet, and its nice of the mother to think of this aspect of her daughters future - as most girls dream of becoming a mommy one day -- Id def. think about her health first.

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Cheryl - posted on 11/05/2011

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There are quite a few success stories on women who have turner syndrome having a successful pregnancy. Not all women who have TS have heart problems, those who do will have checks before starting IVF to see if their heart is healthy enough for pregnancy, they are also monitored throughout pregnancy. A baby born to a woman with TS who uses her mothers eggs is no more likely to give birth to a child with TS than any other woman using IVF or natural methods, I have met TS women who have had successful pregnancies with donor eggs and some who have had natural conceptions.The use of the mothers eggs has as yet not been done since the law only recently changed allowing the use of these eggs so any mother donating eggs for her daughter who has TS the girls are all still too young to receive the eggs if they want them. If i am right in thinking about the lady in question here, she has not actually donated yet but is thinking about doing it at sometime in the future. Her daughter may of course decide she does not want the eggs but it's simply opening up her options IF she is a suitable candidate for IVF.

Veronica - posted on 01/28/2011

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Especially when there is nothing (at this point anyways) that shows any other T.S. woman successfully having a baby -- only fatalities and miscarriages.

Veronica - posted on 01/28/2011

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You make a great point Mary, and I do understand we can be stubborn and beat the odds. If they choose to have a child, its their choice, and its noble of the mother to donate her eggs for this purpose. I guess, personally with these extras risks involved, Id prefer to adopt, rather than put myself in that position. IMO.

Mary - posted on 01/28/2011

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Eh...doesn't really bug me. There are many women out their who have pre-existing conditions that make them a high risk pregnancy. Congenital heart disease, lupus, Type I diabetics, the morbidly obese, those with bleeding and clotting disorders - just to name a few.

As long as she, and her partner are aware of the risks, and she is followed by both a perinatologist and a cardiologist during her pregnancy, I honestly don't see it as something that should be taboo.

From a nursing perspective, it scares me a whole lot less than some of the other things I've seen.

Veronica - posted on 01/28/2011

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Unless Im missing something - nothing has been reported of anyone with T.S. actually having a baby -- just fatalities and miscarriages -- so it brings me back to - the mother may be doing something very wonderful for her daughter -- but is it worth all the risks?

Veronica - posted on 01/28/2011

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Ok, out of the articles thus far, it talks about the risks a T.S. woman would have if she were to try for pregnancy or were pregnant - i dont see anything on any T.S. woman actually having a baby, and being alive..... more digging!

Veronica - posted on 01/28/2011

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I was being hypothetical about the genetics, but thanks for the clarification, Jenn -- but I would still want to know if a person with this condition would be able to carry a pregnancy -- will it be harder on her body? Has anyone with Turner's had children??
I guess Im going to find out! Be right back....

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I think it's sweet. When my sister was pregnant with her youngest and the genetic test came back with odd results they were told that Turner's syndrome was one of the possibilities for the irregular test result. There were 4 weeks between being told all that and being able to do an amnio (for more info) and my sister actually looked into harvesting some of her eggs just incase for the very same reason as the woman in the article. :)

Turns out the baby was a boy and he's perfectly healthy :)

Mary - posted on 01/28/2011

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While, at first, it sounds odd, it's actually shows an amazing amount of forethought on the part of the mother. She is providing her daughter with the OPTION of having a child she is genetically related to. There is no obligation on the part of the child to utilize these eggs, but if her mother didn't do this, her daughter would never have the ability to have a child she shared genes with.

We can all sit her, with our own children, and say that she could use an egg donor or adopt - and that is very true. However, we would all be lying if we didn't admit that we do look for family resemblances in our own biological offspring, and take pleasure in our son having our eyes, our dad's nose, or our mother's smile. I personally love the fact that my own daughter is the spitting image of my mom (even though I don't resemble my mother much at all).

What this mother is doing is providing the possibility for her own child to have that as well.

Jocelyn - posted on 01/28/2011

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Slightly strange, but also really sweet ^_^
Aside from the genetic problems that Veronica brought up, I like the idea. There would be a genetic bond there, and family history. I wouldn't think of it as giving birth to your sister, because I feel that if you carry the baby, it's YOURS, eggs be damned.

Kylie - posted on 01/28/2011

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There's plenty of eggs in the world, I dont think i would use my mothers. It's a bit weird to me.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/28/2011

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Kinda both..sweet and weird at the same time. I think it is incredible that the mother did this for her daughter. I would rather do this than use some strangers eggs. Atleast the baby will have family traits.

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