Advice on using donor eggs for older women's pregnancies

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So a very common question would be: If my eggs are too old, is my body too old to carry a pregnancy? And the answer is no. Unlike the ovaries, the uterus does not understand a biologic age. And as a result of that, if eggs are derived in the form of a egg donor, a very young woman who has healthy eggs, and those eggs are fertilized with her partner´s sperm and those embryos are placed into her uterus, provided that she is otherwise healthy, she will be able to sustain that pregnancy just as anyone else at a younger age would. The caveat is that once women age beyond the age of 50, if pregnancy is considered, there should be a thorough work up to verify that there is no issues medically. So that may include for example an electrocardigram of the heart. It may include screening to make sure that there is no evidence of diabetes. It would also evaluate blood pressure to make sure that they are not at risk for something called toximenia in pregnancy.
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David Tourgeman, MD

Infertility Specialist

Education
 - Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara.
 Medical School: University of Southern California.
 Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology 
University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s & Children’s Hospital. 
Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Board Certification 
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
 Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Academic Appointments
 - Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
 University of Southern California School of Medicine.

Hospital Affiliations 
- Huntington Memorial Hospital 
St. John’s Health Center.

Awards
 - Wyeth-Ayest Award of the Pacific coast Reproductive Society, April 1999. 
Serono In-Training Award for the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2000
. Ortho- Mcneil Poster Award Obstetrical and Gynecological Assembly of Southern California, February 2011.
 Serono In-Training Award for the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2001. 
Fellow Award, co-author Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2001.

Professional Organizations - 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. 
Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
 Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Areas of Research and Publication
 - Assisted reproductive technologies and oocyte donation in women of advanced
 reproductive age. 
Advanced reproductive fertility surgery. 
Alternatives for enhancing embryo implantation
. Evaluation of ovulation induction agents. 
Vaginal hormone administration.

Languages Spoken
 - English, 
French, &
 Spanish.

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