Using Donor Eggs for IVF

Many women who hope to carry children are in need of help conceiving through the use of donor eggs. If you’re over the age of 40 or have poor egg quality, early menopause, genetic disorders, hormone imbalances or if your ovaries have not responded well to IVF stimulation in the past, using donor eggs is a great option for you.

If you are considering donating eggs to allow another woman to become pregnant, we want to encourage and support you in every way. At Inovi, we have the experience to guide you through the process of egg donation.

How can I become an egg donor?

When considering becoming an egg donor, it is important to consider the emotional toll it will take on you in addition to the physical changes you will go through to prepare to donate your eggs.

While the hormone injections necessary to prepare your body for egg donation may be difficult for a cycle, knowing that you have a biological child that you may never meet will remain with you for a lifetime. Despite the feelings this might bring, nothing can compare with the beauty of knowing you have allowed a woman to conceive and bear a child who otherwise would not have been able to without your decision to become an egg donor.

Following are the basic requirements to become an egg donor:

  • Between the ages of 21-30
  • Physically healthy
  • Not using an implant or the Depo-Provera shot for birth control
  • Non-smoker
  • Experiencing regular monthly menstrual cycles
  • Not abusing any substances
  • Has both ovaries
  • Has no family history of genetic disorders
  • Willing to take injections
  • Not on psychoactive drugs and psychologically healthy

Whether you desire to donate your eggs to a friend or family member, or if you simply want to work with an agency and donate them as needed, the process is the same. You will connect with a fertility clinic or agency that will first screen you to ensure you are a good candidate for donating your eggs. Tests for sexually transmitted diseases, hereditary genetic disorders and potential birth defects will be performed in addition to a physical exam and medical history.

If you are approved as a donor with an agency, you will provide an extensive personal profile to be on file for prospective parents to review. Once they choose you as their donor, arrangements will be made for egg retrieval.

Whether you are a friend of the prospective parents or a donor from an agency, your body will need to be prepared for donating. You will receive injections of hormones to stimulate egg production. During this time you will be closely monitored through ultrasound to evaluate the eggs’ growth. Once the eggs are developed, you will receive an injection of hCG that will trigger ovulation. Two days later your eggs will be retrieved during a sedated office procedure.

How many eggs are retrieved each time?

The number of eggs retrieved from a donor is dependent upon how many she produces during the cycle, but anywhere from a few to more than 20 is likely.

Do we get to choose our egg donor?

Yes! Whether you choose a friend or family member to donate eggs or select a donor from an agency, the choice is yours. Agencies provide extensive donor profiles for your review so you can make an informed choice about whose genes your child will share. The strict screening process for donors ensures all donors are of a high quality.

How are donor eggs used for IVF?

Once you decide to pursue IVF using donor eggs and you have chosen a donor, your body will be prepared with hormone injections alongside the donor’s so that your menstrual cycles are in sync.

When the eggs are retrieved from your donor, your male partner will submit a semen sample from which sperm will be extracted for fertilization. The eggs will be injected with your partner’s sperm in our lab, fertilizing them directly. The resulting embryos will mature for five days before the highest quality one(s) are chosen for transfer into your uterus. If the procedure is successful, the embryo will implant in your uterus naturally. A blood test 10 days later will confirm pregnancy.

What is the success rate of using donor eggs for IVF?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, donor eggs used for IVF offer the highest rate of successful pregnancies when compared to non-donor eggs. This is likely due to the intense pre-screening of donors prior to egg retrieval.

Ready for donor egg IVF?

If you are ready to consider using donor eggs for IVF, let us be a part of your journey toward parenthood. Dr. Stephan Krotz will guide you through the sensitive process of using another’s eggs to create the baby you’ve always wanted. Give us a call at 713-401-9000 today to schedule your fertility consultation.

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