Egg donation gives you a chance to conceive if you are not able to produce healthy eggs yourself. It’s fast, it has a high success rate and has the minimum risk for any genetic complications. It is still the best option for women over 40 which tried IVF and other infertility treatments without success and those with the basal FSH hormone level over 15.
Egg donation can be the solution and is recommended if you suffered from any inherited conditions, premature menopause, chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer treatment, surgery injuries which results in producing low-quality eggs, or no eggs at all even, or losing your ovaries.
It is also recommended:
- If other treatments like IVF for e.g. failed
- If you suffer from an inherited disorder and there is a risk of passing it on
- If you’re in your 40s and have low chances of success with your own eggs which quality decreased with age
- If there are high risks of a genetic disorders
Before egg donors are recruited they are also checked for infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C and some of the genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis. Donors are recommended to be under 36 years old but they are usually younger.
These are advantages that are not health related – however they still impact the health and emotional well-being of the child and the mother herself:
- You will experience pregnancy in its entirety, with all its benefits and maternal feelings
- You will be able to control the lifestyle aspects important for the baby’s development like the diet, smoking and drinking. Adoption and surrogacy does not give you this option.
- If the sperm is received from your partner the child is biologically his.
- You can breastfeed which aids the natural bond between the mother and child.
You will also be glad to know that donors are physically matched with the recipient couples as close as possible. That includes such characteristic attributes a hair colour and eye colour. Matching goes even further to fit the couple as best as possible and that’s why occupation and even interests are also taken into account.
Information about any person born as a result of donation is not given to anybody except the child itself when turning 18 years old. There is an exception however when the son or daughter is 16 years old and is already in a sexual relationship he or she is permitted to find out about the donor’s identity. This is a good solution for people worried about sexual relationships between persons of the same biological lineage.
Recipient couples are legal parents of any child born from the result of the egg donation so you do not have to worry about that legal wise.
IVF procedure with donated eggs has a success chance between 25 to 40 %. Those may not look to high but they are slightly higher than standard IVF treatments, that’s because donated eggs are retrieved always from young, healthy women, under 35 years of age. In 2009 the success rate with donor eggs rose to 33%