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Egg Freezing vs. Egg Donation

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Written in Partnership with New Hope Fertility Center, February 29, 2016

Young women have a number of decisions to make about their own fertility. When a woman is not ready to have a child, fertility preservation provides a way to ensure that she’ll have her own eggs available in the future. Another consideration, is helping other couples through egg donation. While the processes are similar, the goals are different. There are a few things to keep in mind when considering egg freezing vs. egg donation.

Egg Freezing
The process of egg freezing allows women to preserve their fertility until they’re ready to start a family. A woman is most fertile from her teenage years until her early thirties. Once a woman reaches her mid-thirties, the quality of her eggs begins to decline. This decline in quality can make becoming pregnant more difficult. By saving eggs while she’s younger, a woman can pursue her own interests and goals without worrying that she’s sacrificing her ability to have a family when she’s older.

Egg Donation
Egg donation is a way to help couples who are not able to conceive on their own. Fertility issues can happen for a number of reasons, including issues with the quality of eggs. By donating eggs, a young woman can give back and help a couple have the family they’ve always dreamed of. Donating eggs does not impact a woman’s fertility in the future. There are several criteria that women must meet in order to be an egg donor. Women who are qualified to become donor eggs receive compensation of up to $10,000 for their donation.

Egg Freezing vs. Egg Donation Process
The cycle for both egg freezing and egg donation are very similar. Women are given fertility medication so that their bodies mature a large number of eggs at once. Just before those eggs would ovulate, they are retrieved during an outpatient procedure. This way, when the eggs are thawed, they are ready for fertilization. Next, the eggs are frozen and stored until they’re needed.

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