The reason behind Christy Moreland's absence at KCBD is because she is in Spokane, Washington. Christy's sister-in-law by marriage, Donna, had a difficult time conceiving with her first child, so Christy is becoming an egg donor for Donna's second child.
There are two fertility clinics in Lubbock that offer the egg donor program, but typically the donor goes to the recipient. This explains why Christy is currently in Spokane for a couple of weeks.
Before Christy left, she told KCBD why she decided to become an egg donor.
"I can't think of a more amazing gift I could give anyone, and my time isn't running out as quickly as Donna's was. My chance will still be there, and we'll also have eggs leftover because we're freezing eggs, just in case. I'll be able to use [the eggs] when I'm 35, if we have problems."
Egg donors come forward about 20 times a year in Lubbock, and about 7,000 couples go through the program nationwide. Dr. Jennifer Phy, a fertility specialist at the Texas Tech Health Science Center, says it's a procedure with little risk to the donor and great rewards to the recipient.
"An egg donor is typically a very young, healthy woman, who very graciously agrees to receive fertility medications, injectable medications, to allow her to donate a small number of her eggs to allow a couple to achieve pregnancy," Phy said. "There are very minimal risks. Fertility medications are very safe, and the procedure is safe to remove the eggs. It can be done in an office setting or hospital setting under IV sedation."
For more information about the egg donor program, contact The Centre for Reproductive Medicine at 778-1212, or Texas Tech Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery at 743-4256. If you would like to learn more about it on their website, just click http://www.texastechphysicians.com/lubbock/obgyn/fertility/default.aspx
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