IVF Egg Donation
Egg donation is a process where a women donates eggs usually 10-15. Eggs from egg donations are fertilized in a laboratory, once eggs have been donated the role of the egg donor is complete & they usually sign away any rights to the the involvement in the pregnancy or the child after birth.
Infertile couples may resort to egg donation when the woman can not have genetic children, sometimes a woman's eggs are damaged by disease or infection or they may have had to have their eggs removed for health reasons, some woman are simply born with ovaries and others are just unsuccessful at becoming pregnant with their own eggs.
Some couples opt to have their eggs from a member of their family or a close friend, others choose to have their eggs from an anonymous donor. All donated eggs are screened before they can be used, all egg donor are required to have a thorough medical and usually have to visit a psychologist before they are given permission to donate eggs.
The eggs are fertilized by the sperm of your partner or by an anonymous sperm donor if required. This process take place in a laboratory, after 3-5 days the embryo is then placed into the woman's uterus whose uterine lining has been prepared beforehand.
Egg donation has a success rate of approximately 60%.
It can be a very distressful time for couples who have been trying to conceive for sometime with no luck, it can cause all different kinds of emotions such as sadness, depression, a feeling of failure – It can put pressure on a couples relationship and can become very consuming.
Egg donation offers women who have previously not been able to get pregnant the chance to conceive and give birth to a healthy baby.
Egg donation is a well established treatment that can change a couples lives forever.
Serious side effects from treatment are very rare, but some women find they suffer from headaches, hot flushes, mood changes due to hormones, fluid retention and discomfort and slight bruising at the site of injections.
Any spare eggs can be frozen and can be used at a later date for embryo transfer should your treatment be unsuccessful.
The likelihood of multiple pregnancy is around 25-30% usually resulting in twins. The main reason for multiple pregnancies is the replacement of one or more embryo.
Couples with fertility problems no longer have to live a childless life, their dreams really can come true and they can look forward to a happy, loving future as a 'complete' family without the heart ache of longing for a baby.