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In Search of the Good Egg
If you have been unable to get pregnant with your own eggs, you may be thinking about egg donation as an option. It is a way for a woman to experience pregnancy and have a child genetically related to her partner.
But how does egg donation work? The egg donor is generally a healthy young woman between the ages of 21 and 30 years old who has had a thorough medical history and work-up, as well as a psychological screening. The egg donor is paid anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000. She receives hormone injections to induce superovulation, and then a fertility doctor surgically retrieves the eggs from the egg donor's ovaries. The eggs are then fertilized with the male partner's sperm and transferred to the egg donor recipient's uterus. If the in vitro fertilizaton (IVF) process is successful, the embryo will attach to the uterine lining and develop into a healthy baby.
Of course, you probably have many questions around the egg donation. Do I disclose to my child that he or she was the result of egg donation? How do I start the egg donation process? What is a shared egg donation cycle? The questions can go on and on.
FertilityAuthority.com is an excellent source for information on egg donation. In fact, one of our bloggers — Donor Diva — writes about egg donation often. Click here to read her latest: Finding the Right Fertility Clinic for Egg Donation.