WHY EGG DONATION
There are many reasons why a woman turns to egg donation. Some of these include:
- Diminished ovarian reserve
- Premature menopause
- Genetic diseases you want to avoid passing onto a child
- Multiple failed IVF cycles, particularly with poor embryo quality
WHY SPERM DONATION
There are a variety of reasons that recipient parents may need donor sperm. Many men can face a number of challenges with sperm quality. They may experience issues with the following:
- Sperm concentration
- Semen volume
- Sperm morphology
- Sperm motility
HOW IT WORKS
Donated sperm may be used with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Donated eggs are used only with IVF. After the first part of the IVF process — known as the egg retrieval — the donor’s eggs are fertilized with the partner’s sperm or donor sperm.
When the embryos are ready, they are transferred to your uterus. Your doctor will have given you medication to time your cycle so that your uterus will be in the right stage to receive the embryos.
Egg and sperm donors are usually between the ages of 21 and 34 and you may choose them from an anonymous database or it could be someone you know. They are all given extensive medical and psychological screening.
SUCCESS IS VERY HIGH
The odds of a woman getting pregnant using fresh embryos created from donor eggs are more than 50%. Conversely, if male factor fertility was the main cause of the couple’s inability to get pregnant, the use of donor sperm also boosts success significantly.
CHOOSING A DONOR CAN BE EMOTIONAL
Hearing the news that using donor eggs or sperm is the best option can come as a surprise. Many people desire a biological connection to their child so it can be hard to let that preference go. It’s one of the reasons we offer emotional and psychological support at our practice. We will guide you through the process and help you feel as empowered as possible about all the choices that are yours to make.
Keep in mind, too, that for many parents who’ve used donor eggs or sperm, the experience of pregnancy has been known to create such a strong sense of connection to the baby that they can’t imagine feeling any closer even if there were more of a genetic link. And with any pregnancy — whether you use a donor or not — you will still have the privilege of knowing your baby’s every movement before it’s even born, being the first to hold him or her, and then spending a lifetime with a child that you created and brought into the world.
Have questions about the egg and sperm donation process contact us today.