For an ever-increasing number of infertile women, ovarian failure is an insurmountable obstacle to the production of viable eggs. Yet the desire to achieve and carry a healthy pregnancy remains strong. Ovum donation (OD) – commonly called egg donation – provides them with a realistic opportunity of going from infertility to parenthood.
Egg donation has many benefits over standard IVF cycles. Firstly, in many instances, more eggs are retrieved from a young donor than would ordinarily be needed to complete a single attempt at achieving an IVF pregnancy. As a result, there are often additional healthy embryos for cryopreservation and storage. Secondly, since eggs derived from a young woman are less likely than their older counterparts to produce aneuploid (chromosomally abnormal) embryos, the risk of miscarriage and birth defects such as Down syndrome is considerably reduced to that of the age of the donor, rather than that of the recipient.
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How To Donate
We don’t operate our own egg donation services. All these services are coordinated by outside donor agencies. To donate your eggs, most agencies require that you fill out a detailed medical and personal history, go through medical screening, and register with them. Once you are registered, your photo and profile are stored in a donor database until an IVF patient selects you as their donor. At this point, you will begin a regimen of injectable medications that cause your ovaries to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are then extracted under general anesthesia using a needle, and fertilized in a laboratory. 1 or 2 of the resulting embryos are then transferred to the recipient’s uterus, where, if all goes well, they will implant and grow into a pregnancy. One agency that we use frequently is Footsteps to Family – www.footstepstofamily.com