This is a long post, so only read if you are interested in hearing me (yet again!) go on and on about research on the horizon.
My RE told me last week he is going to contact the FDA about doing some testing with using the mitrochondria of a woman's own eggs (spare) eggs to help out her embryos. He said China is having a lot of luck with that, but that China's standards on research are just not up to his own preferences. I believe that there are other docs doing this, but couldn't find anything quickly on the internet to add to the post.
I believe that the FDA will likely give him the approval, since the FDA's problem with doing this with donor eggs is the potential for two different mitrochondrial substances to exist in one human being, possibly causing diseases and other issues.
Anyway, the whole point of that is just to say that there is continuing research being done every day, even if we aren't reading about it. My own doc is planning some research. He recognizes that while once you get over the hurdle of donor eggs, you love your babies just as much as you otherwise would, it is a hurdle to get over giving up your genetic link, and that there is a preference not to have to face that.
Also, our clinic has a supply-demand issue; the waiting list for donors supplied by the clinic is around 4 months. (you can use agencies and perhaps go a little faster). Another reason for increasing the alternative methods for a older woman, or any woman who has compromised embryo quality, for using her own eggs.
My doc told me he had gone to Yerkeys Primate center here in Atlanta to talk about testing on orangutans, but the cost was so high, it was more reasonable to test on humans. So, assuming he can get the FDA approval, he is planning on starting that, but not for another year. This was kind of a side topic of our conversation and toward the end of our meeting, so I didn't get to repeat my offer to be a test candidate, or to find out why he is wanting to wait a year to start the testing.
Sorry! This is a very long post,
the point of which is that research is going on every day, and that one day, there will be an easier answer for us.
Debbie - 43
DH - 41