This article was written in response to a thank you letter from a woman who became a mother thanks to egg donation.
Read A.H.'s story, as well as all the information about this infertility treatment that offers the priceless gift of motherhood:
thank you so much to our fantastic anonymous egg donor
I was 39 years old, and I felt like I was getting older every day as my biological clock kept ticking. My eggs were becoming less fertile, and after 2 years of trying to get pregnant with our own child using in vitro fertilization, the pregnancy ended at 20 weeks gestation, which devastated us both.
We began thinking about adoption and quickly got over our worries of having a child that wasn't biologically ours. But adopting is a long, difficult road with many obstacles along the way. We were surprised to learn about egg donation as it appeared to be perfect for us; this incredible woman might give us an opportunity we have been longing for after all these years!
As a result of the amazing generosity of our donor, we now have two beautiful twin boys. Just thinking about how lucky and grateful we are for this incredible gift gives me chills – it's that wonderful! Thank you to everyone who helped us along the way; most importantly though, thank you so much to our fantastic anonymous egg donor!
We cannot thank Dr Paraschos's team enough, and we appreciate all of your hard work to make this dream possible!
The precious gift of motherhood
Many women choose egg donation because they are unable to conceive with their own genetic offspring for reasons such as premature ovarian failure or the absence of ovaries (the complete absence of a menstrual cycle is known as primary ovarian failure, while the earlier onset of menopause is known as secondary ovarian failure). As a result, eggs are available and can be obtained through egg donation. The donor may be anonymous or connected to the recipient through family ties or friendships.
Eggs can also be donated to women who are not menopausal but whose ovaries are not producing healthy eggs for a variety of reasons. These include cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which often leave the ovaries infertile. There are many other causes of infertility that might lead a woman to choose egg donation.
Egg donation can be an emotionally difficult process for many hopeful parents. The expectant mother must come to terms with the fact that she is not genetically related to her baby, which can come as a surprise after the long journey of infertility treatments. She also has to accept that another woman's egg will be used to create her child.
The egg donor, on the other hand, has her own feelings and emotions as she undergoes a medical procedure and being faced with the thought of giving away something so personal: an egg.
Egg donation has increased in recent years because success rates are higher than many other infertility treatments- 65 to 70 percent of donated eggs result in the birth of a child after fertilization. Effectiveness depends on how early treatment begins in an infertile woman, as well as her age and diagnosis.
Egg donation is also an alternative to surrogacy. The donor's eggs are fertilized in vitro with the father's sperm and then transferred to a surrogate mother who carries the child to term.
A woman needing an egg donor should look for a fertility clinic that offers matching services and has a long track record of positive post-treatment results. Potential donors should be between 21 and 30 years old and have good overall physical and emotional health. They must be willing to undergo a psychological screening, drug testing, medical history review and interview to qualify for donation.
At Embio Fertility Center, we are proud to have a popular egg donation program complemented by a skilled team of reproductive endocrinologists and medical staff who provide personalized care to all donors and recipients from start to finish.
At Embio, we provide a high-quality service by working with carefully selected, reputable organizations that adhere to strict guidelines when selecting donors. We believe this ensures the best possible outcome for our prospective parents.
Cost should not deter you from achieving your dream of parenthood. We offer a variety of services at very affordable prices, including full egg donation cycles and an embryo donation program. We are very fortunate to have a team that can find only the best egg donors from young women with different body types and races.
How do I know if I need an egg donor?
If you are over 40 and have already tried to get pregnant with IVF, then egg donation is a good option for you. Egg donation allows women with low ovarian reserve to undergo IVF treatment using donor eggs from younger women. Success rates are now up to 78%.
How many eggs are retrieved from the donor?
On average, 10 eggs are retrieved from one donor. Most of them are high quality eggs for fertilization, implantation and birth of healthy babies!
What is the evaluation process for egg donors?
First, qualified candidates undergo a physical examination and genetic testing. Then, an ultrasound is performed to check for any abnormalities in the uterus. Finally, fertility doctors perform a blood test to determine hormone levels and ovarian function.
For the male partner, a semen analysis is required. This examines the quantity, quality, motility and morphology of the sperm to assess fertility potential.
Donate your surplus embryos to help others have a baby
In the process of in vitro fertilization, more embryos can be created than those needed for one IVF cycle. These frozen embryos are available for future pregnancy attempts and can be donated to other couples who have not succeeded in developing their own embryo.