Monday, September 1, 2008

Egg Bank for Infertile Couples

"A nationwide group of fertility clinics will launch the nation's first "ova bank," a system into which registered women can donate ova at no cost to married couples seeking fertility treatment, it has been learned.

"The Japanese Institution for Standardizing Assisted Reproductive Technology (JISART), a group comprising 21 private fertility clinics, plans to begin asking for volunteer ova donors for the bank by the end of the year.

"The only way an infertile women--for reasons such as having had her ovaries removed on medical grounds--can get pregnant is through in vitro fertilization using eggs donated from another woman.

"But with the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSOG) not permitting eggs to be used for IVF from anyone other than a married woman who would become the mother, IVF using donated ova has rarely been performed domestically.

"The United States has many commercial ova banks and several hundred Japanese couples are believed to have gone there to receive donated ova.

"Japan is moving to regulate ova donations, though slowly. In July, JISART formulated its own guidelines for carrying out IVF with sperm or ova provided by a third party.

"The ova bank is the next step on from this.

"Women donating ova to the bank would, in principle, be mothers aged younger than 35. JISART will set the condition that there must be no compensation for donating ova, except for medical fees and other accompanying costs.

"The personal information of the volunteer donor will be kept for 80 years after a child's birth so as to guarantee the child's right to know who his or her genetic mother is.

"Seven of the 21 JISART clinics have expressed their intention to perform IVF using donated ova and sperm.

"Four clinics have begun preparations to proceed with IVF treatment for nine infertile couples.

""We hope to recruit volunteers through the Internet and other media and establish a system--similar to a bone marrow bank--that would assist the infertile," JISART Chairman Katsuhiko Takahashi said.

"The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry and JSOG are calling on JISART to show restraint before new laws are passed on the matter, but are basically taking a wait-and-see approach.

"However, Prof. Noriko Mizuno, a Civil Code expert at Tohoku University, is worried about the psychological effect on children when they find out that the mother that gave birth to them is not a blood relation.

""[The ova bank] gives priority to the wishes of patients being treated for infertility and doesn't take the children into account," Mizuno said."

By Yomiuri Shimbun (8/31/2008), Link to article (last visited 9/1/2008)

1 comment:

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