Donor Eggs as Family Building Solution
While many treatment options exist for female infertility, sometimes egg donation is the best option for singles or couples facing female infertility or who are using third-party reproduction services. Ovation Fertility™ partner physicians are proud to work with patients using donor eggs as a family building option.
When Donor Eggs Are the Only Option for Parenthood
Donor eggs are often recommended when a woman has diminished ovarian reserve, suffers from premature ovarian failure, or carries a genetic condition.
Depending on the patient’s preference, the egg donor can be designated, meaning she is someone the patient knows, or she can be anonymous.
Regardless of what type of egg donor chosen, the FDA requires that all parties involved in egg donation undergo legal, medical and psychological counseling. Ovation Fertility™ partner physicians also require that egg donors undergo a strict pre-screening process to exclude donors with certain characteristics, such as:
- genetic, psychological and physical health abnormalities
- sexually transmitted diseases
- history of smoking, alcohol and/or drug abuse
Ovation Fertility partner physicians will also perform a preliminary ultrasound and hormonal fertility screening. We want to ensure that only the best candidates can become egg donors.
Donor Eggs Process Similar to IVF
The major difference between traditional in vitro fertilization, IVF, and egg donor IVF is that the egg donor undergoes ovulation induction and egg retrieval, while the egg recipient undergoes hormone treatment to prepare her uterus for embryo implantation.
Then, once the eggs have been retrieved, they are fertilized with sperm (either from a partner or sperm donor) in the IVF laboratory. The embryos develop in the lab for multiple days; usually one to two embryos will be transferred on the fifth day, but some exceptions occur.
The egg recipient will continue using replacement hormones (estrogen and progesterone) until she takes a pregnancy test. If she becomes pregnant, then her pregnancy should proceed as any other.
Donor Eggs Produce High Success Rates
Because of the fact that the egg donors are young and healthy, pregnancy rates from donor eggs exceed pregnancy rates experienced with traditional IVF. This result is just one of the many reasons why the use of donor eggs is becoming a more common approach to combat female infertility.
It should be noted that when donor eggs are used, the child will not be biologically related to the couple (other than indirectly if a relative is the donor) . However, donor eggs provide an exceptional opportunity to experience the joys of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
For more information about donor eggs as an option for female infertility, please contact us.