What happens after egg donation – and how the matching process works
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by Rob Barra
2M ago
Going through the egg donation process is incredibly rewarding, mostly because you know what will happen afterward: the eggs will be matched with a recipient who will use them to start a family. It’s exciting to think about the person you’re helping realize a dream, but it also raises some questions: what happens after the eggs leave your body? How does the matching process work? Who is the recipient? What happens after the eggs leave your body? After you undergo light sedation to get you ready for the procedure, your doctor begins the egg retrieval process. It takes about 15 m ..read more
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Why Women Should Do ‘Dry January’
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by Rob Barra
3M ago
Ah, a new year, a new start, right? Right! Enter Dry January, a month when millions of people (many of them women!) in the U.S. – and more around the world – abstain from alcohol to feel better physically and mentally – and to prove to themselves they can live productive, clear-headed and fulfilling lives without it. Is Dry January for you, perhaps? Many doctors, psychologists, spiritual leaders, recovering alcoholics and ordinary people who’ve done it before would argue it is, especially if you’re a woman – but let’s get into all the reasons why cutting out booze for 30 days might just be gr ..read more
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How to keep your weight in check this holiday season
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by Rob Barra
4M ago
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday parties, endless shopping, ugly holiday sweaters, gift exchanges with your closest gal pals, delectable foods you enjoy once a year, and of course, peppermint everything! But the holidays are also the busiest time of year, when you find yourself rushing between all your responsibilities. And if there’s one thing we ladies know, it’s that a hectic schedule often means less time for your self-care routine (like working out) and a lot of quick, not-so-healthy meals just to fuel you from one task to the next. This on-the-go eating – along with all ..read more
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This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful I donated my eggs
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by Rob Barra
5M ago
*The following is a real life testimonial from a thankful Ovatures egg donor. I’m thankful for a lot of things in my life this week. I’m thankful for my husband, our daughter, my extended family, and my health. I’m thankful for our home, our jobs, and all the wonderful memories we’ll make sitting around the dinner table this Thanksgiving. There’s one more thing I’m thankful for: the opportunity to donate my eggs. The amount of happiness I feel when I think I was able to help another woman start her family is hard to describe. It’s boundless. I’m not new to the world of reproductive endocrinolo ..read more
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The six best trails to hike this fall
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by Rob Barra
7M ago
Being named the Garden State was no accident for New Jersey. With abundant nature reserves, state parks and the Appalachian Trail, Jersey holds some of the most coveted hiking trails and overlooks in the region. And guess what? The best time of year to explore these natural gems is now, when the foliage is changing from summer’s green to autumn’s red and yellow. So grab your besties, pack a lunch and set out for a new adventure to one of these great hiking trails! Worthington State Forest This rugged trail is an extension of the Appalachian Trail, located in Columbia, N.J., and runs approxima ..read more
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Top 7 Questions About Egg Donation
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by Rob Barra
8M ago
Are you young, healthy, compassionate and curious about egg donation? You’ve come to the right place – we’re here to answer your most pressing questions about being an egg donor. WHY DOES EGG DONATION EXIST? With egg donation, women who cannot have children using their own eggs are able to have children. While the baby is not linked to the recipient genetically, the recipient can breastfeed that baby, and, of course, carry and deliver the pregnancy. WHO SHOULD DONATE THEIR EGGS? Typical egg donors are between 21-31 years of age, are generally healthy and have no history of sexually transmitted ..read more
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Hot Weather Beauty Tips That Keep You Looking Cool
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by Rob Barra
10M ago
Beach weather! We all love it. The sun on our faces, the wind in our hair, dressing and traveling lighter. But whether you live in a warm climate year-round, or a seasonal area where summer is around the bend, one thing’s for sure: it’s not always easy to look perfect when temperatures soar and the sun beats down. You know the deal. Frizz. Sweat. Breakouts. Melting makeup. As much as we love the sun, too much of it can wreak havoc on our attempts to look “put together.” But fear not. We’ve got you covered with these handy tips for looking fresh and cool, even when the going gets hot. What the ..read more
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Ultimate Side Hustles to Earn Money for College
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by Rob Barra
1y ago
To say college is expensive is an understatement. It’s not just tuition and rent; it’s the last-minute expenses that always seem to pop up and blow your budget. Not only that, but it can be challenging to manage a part-time job when you have an inconsistent schedule. After all, you often don’t know your class schedule until the semester begins. Last-minute study sessions, extracurricular activities, and office hours can make managing a schedule extra challenging.   That’s why side hustles can be so convenient in college. Unlike a part-time job, you can pick them up when they work for you ..read more
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5 Ways to Make Extra Money This Summer
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by Rob Barra
1y ago
Summertime and the living is expensive. From gas to groceries, it can feel like your paycheck isn’t going far enough to cover basics, never mind giving you the flexibility to spend on a getaway or save for the future. And if you’re still in school, balancing classes and studying with a job with rigid hourly requirements can be tough.   The good news: With some creativity and research, there’s a way to make money no matter your schedule for the next few months. Here are ideas to help you make money, no matter how little free time you may have in your schedule.   1. Play to Y ..read more
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Egg Donors Can Make Trans Parenthood Possible
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by Rob Barra
2y ago
At Ovatures, we have worked with hundreds of egg donors, and we’ve learned that there are as many reasons to donate as there are donors themselves. Some donors are excited by the financial rewards of donation, while others are purely interested in helping to create a family.   But there’s a newer motivation we’re seeing in some of our donors, one tied to a feeling of allyship. Historically, LGBTQ+ community members have often been left out of, or denied access to, many aspects of life that others can take for granted. Over the years, these lost opportunities have included not having the f ..read more
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