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Egg Donation: Things to Think About

If you are close to or in your 40s and your ovarian reserve is low and your egg quality poor, it is quite likely a fertility doctor has recommended egg donation. Before you make a decision, have a talk with yourself about whether this infertility treatment is right for you. Here's a few talking points for that conversation:

  • Do your research on egg donation success rates at a particular fertility clinic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, there were 9,866 IVF cycles with fresh donor eggs in the United States (all ages), and the percentage of transfers resulting in live births was 55.8 percent.
  • Talk to yourself and to a counselor about whether the importance of having a child that is genetically related to the mother outweighs the importance of being a parent.
  • Financially, can you handle the added expense of egg donation?
  • Do we want to explore any other fertility treatments, such as treatment with DHEA?
  • Should you consider frozen egg donation as an option?
  • Do we choose known egg donation or anonymous egg donation?
  • How do we feel about disclosure of egg donation to our child?

Choosing egg donation as an infertility treatment is not a decision to be made lightly. Do your research, talk to a therapist and to your partner in order to make the right decision that works for you.

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