You may have tried for months or years to get pregnant on your own. If you are struggling to get pregnant, you may have considered egg donation. With the help of IVF, a donor’s eggs are fertilized with your partner’s sperm (or donor sperm) and the embryos are transferred to your uterus for implantation and pregnancy. Egg donation offers many women the chance to get pregnant and have children.
Why use donor eggs?
You may consider donor eggs with IVF for many reasons, including the following:
- Diminished ovarian reserve
- Premature menopause
- To reduce the chance of passing along a genetic disease to your children
Before receiving an egg donation, you will undergo extensive medical testing to ensure that you are healthy and capable of sustaining a pregnancy. The egg donor will also undergo intensive medical and psychological screening. Professional counseling throughout the egg donation process can be very beneficial to help you and your partner deal with any issues that may arise.
What about frozen donor eggs?
Now, through frozen donor egg banks, couples can shop online in the same way one would shop online for sperm. Egg freezing allows a donor to complete the screening process, begin a medicated cycle to retrieve her eggs and have those eggs frozen and ready to use by a recipient patient. The database for a donor egg bank may also be broader, allowing for more choice in the donor selection process. Ask your doctor if frozen donor eggs may help you get pregnant.
When the chances of conceiving a baby on your own become slim, egg donation can provide you with a wonderful alternative to help you achieve your dream of having a baby.