If you have fertility issues, your chances of experiencing motherhood are not over. A specialist will explain the various options that are available to you. One option is to use donor eggs. This procedure is done using In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). There are pros and cons associated with using an egg donor, but if the procedure is successful, you will receive the gift of motherhood.

Should I Use an Egg Donor?

You can use an egg donor even if you do not have fertility issues, but most women who turn to this procedure have issues with infertility. Some of those issues include:

• Poor Egg Quality
• Over the Age of 40
• Issues With Ovaries and Stimulation
• A History of Genetic Disease
• Hormonal Imbalance
• Menopause

Remember that the same 3 to 5 percent risk associated with a natural pregnancy also applies with donor eggs. Although 48 percent of women who use this procedure will become pregnant, 15 to 20 percent of these couples miscarry. If your procedure is not successful, you can always try again.

The Egg Donor Procedure

While donor eggs may be the solution you are looking for, be prepared to jump through a few hoops. The first form of treatment is counseling. During the donor counseling session, you will meet with your donor. This step is very important because the legalities of the procedure are explained and discussed in detail.

After the counseling is complete, and all parties agree, the medical evaluations will take place. To ensure that the eggs are collected at the best times, the recipient and donor’s IVF treatment is synchronized. Ultrasounds and blood tests are used to determine when the best time to collect the eggs from your donor is. Once the eggs have been collected, the sperm is also collected and the fertilization process begins. Fertilization takes place in a laboratory.

Specialists will typically wait between 3 and 5 days before implanting the embryos. If there are other viable embryos, your specialist will have them frozen for future IVF cycles – if necessary. You should wait two weeks before taking a pregnancy test.

Finding a Donor

When you choose to use donor eggs, you have the option to use an agency. Some couples have family and friends who are willing to be an egg donor. If this is the case, you can choose to have their eggs harvested for your procedure. Most fertility specialists will give you information on how to contact an agency, but the specialist will not recruit a donor for you.

Making the Decision

Before you decide to use donor eggs and have the IVF procedure, you should know all of the facts. A fertility specialist will explain the entire procedure, as well as any risks that are involved. You and your partner will then need to decide if this is the best option for your family. If you say yes and proceed with this form of fertility treatment, the result could be the gift of motherhood!