A world first in the medical field: childbirth from a natural-cycle egg donation

    MONTREAL, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The OVO Fertility Clinic announced today
that it has achieved a world first with the birth of a baby from a
natural-cycle egg donation. The 41-year-old mother, who was born without
ovaries, had in vitro fertilization performed in the laboratory after
receiving the donated egg in a natural cycle. The egg, which was donated by
her sister, allowed the woman to experience the joy of pregnancy and the birth
of a healthy baby boy, Alexandre G., who entered the world on March 15 at the
birthing centre of CHUM's Saint-Luc Hospital.
    "The success of this minimally invasive procedure is very encouraging for
women who are thinking about using egg donation," stated Dr. Jacques Kadoch,
who oversees Research & Development for natural-cycle in vitro fertilization
at the OVO Fertility Clinic. "This will now provide more than one treatment
option for women who need recourse to egg donation to treat their fertility
problem," added the specialist, who is also a physician at the Centre
Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), Reproductive Endocrinology and
Infertility in the Obstetrics-Gynaecology department. The patient was followed
at the CHUM throughout her pregnancy.
    The natural cycle IVF procedure utilises the donor's natural ovulatory
cycle. The donor's egg, selected naturally during the menstrual cycle, is
recovered after a minor medical procedure and, fertilised in the laboratory.
Once it is an embryo it is transferred into the uterus of the recipient. This
method is easier on the donor than the conventional stimulated procedure
because drugs do not have to be used to stimulate the ovaries, thereby
eliminating any potential side-effects. In addition there is no risk of
multiple births, except for monozygotic (identical) twins.
    "We are absolutely thrilled we decided on this procedure, which allowed
my sister to avoid the use of more invasive medication," remarked the proud
mother in a statement. "It was essential our donor would be able to feel
comfortable and, at the same time, from our standpoint, that we wouldn't have
any risk of a multiple birth," added the new parents.
    Dr. Robert Hemmings, who oversees the egg donation program at the OVO
clinic, added: "This breakthrough should be a source of encouragement to other
women to consider egg donation, since it offers an alternative which minimizes
the risks that might be a factor in a woman's decision to become a donor. For
many women, egg donation remains the only way to get pregnant and, for a
number of couples, to fulfill their dream of parenthood."

    About OVO Fertility Clinic

    The OVO Fertility Clinic provides a full range of assisted reproductive
treatments and services, including a skilled team of specialists in urology
and genetics. A distinguishing feature of the clinic is its unique approach
based on respect and meticulous follow-up and the utmost care in providing
services to couples. The mixed team of 8 experienced doctors, assisted by
specialized nurses, embryologists, and support personnel who are extremely
attentive to patients' needs. Every staff member is aware that the desire to
have a child is a fundamental and natural longing. That's why the OVO Clinic
consistently strives to maximize the chances of conception and ensure it is
personable and efficient in its approach.

For further information:

For further information: Diane Jeannotte, Diane Jeannotte
Communications, (514) 284-2860 (ext. 2), (514) 772-8019 (cell.); Renée
Cardinal, Clinique OVO, (514) 798-2000

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