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Understanding the Risks of Donor Egg

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a blog by Staci Padilla, Senior Case Manager, Southwestern Region Fertility SOURCE Companies (The Donor SOURCE and The Surrogacy SOURCE), March 5, 2014

Whenever you combine the world of science with nature for any reason, the results are unpredictable to a certain degree. While advances in the area of infertility treatment, including third party reproduction with IVF are constantly being made, there are still many unknowns. Knowing the risks of donor egg, and understanding them, before you begin your journey is an important step.

Before you begin searching for your egg donor, do your homework. Talk to your IVF doctors and your egg donation agency’s case manager about the potential risks and what they mean to you. While every fertility doctor and case manager would love to guarantee you will be successful growing your family, the fact is, they cannot. Even if you find the “perfect” egg donor that follows your IVF doctor’s protocol ‘to a tee’ you can still end up with a less than desirable outcome, such as the egg donors retrieval may produce only a few quality eggs or, in very rare cases, no eggs at all. What do you do when something like this happens? Your first instinct is to blame someone, which is completely understandable. The truth is, it is really nobody’s fault, and it is just part of the risks involved when dealing with the “unknowns” of an IVF / egg donor cycle. What about all the time, money and emotion you just invested in this journey? How do you pick yourself up and push forward? The answers to these questions are different for everyone. Your fertility doctor and your egg donor agency’s case manager are they to support you and help you with the choices you will be faced with should you find yourself in this or a similar situation.

The best thing to do is begin your journey with an open mind. Resolve yourself to understanding that, while the chances of your story ending with a beautiful bundle of joy are actually amazingly high, there is a small reality that it may not work. My mother always told me to expect the best but prepare for worst. Not something I ever found easy to do but it has helped me to deal with the disappointments life can throw our way. It is never easy to face trials but they are what make us stronger. With every adventure, there will be risks. If people never took risks, there would be no progress. Knowing there are risks and doing it anyway is what makes life beautiful. What is the old saying, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained?” Are you ready to begin your adventure? If so, your fertility doctor and your case manager are here to help. You are not alone in this wonderful amazing journey to parenthood… so what are you waiting for?

Staci Padilla, our Senior Case Manager - Southwest Region, has been with Fertility SOURCE Companies since July of 2009. Prior to this, she was an elementary school teacher for 14 years. She taught grades K-4 where she was both mother and mentor to her students. She is a volunteer instructor with the United States Navy’s youth program, The Sea Cadets, where she serves as their Personnel Officer. She has a passion for children and her desire to guide couples through their journey toward parenthood drives her to provide excellent customer service. She is thrilled to assist you as you embark on the road towards growing your family. Staci is proud to manage egg donation cycles in the Southwest Region, including California (CA), Orange County (CA), Phoenix (AZ), Denver (CO), & Las Vegas (NV), and manage surrogacy cycles in the Southwest Region, including Southern California (CA) & Las Vegas (NV)


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