A blog by Dr. John Zhang, New Hope Fertility, January 5, 2016
Donating eggs can make the difference in a couple’s ability to start a family. Many young women have considered donating their eggs, but are unsure about the process or what is required of them. Knowing the desirable egg donor traits that fertility clinics are looking for can make the decision easier.
Written in Partnership with New Hope Fertility, 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.
If you had asked me these questions several years ago, I would have been ever so quick to say, “Be open. Speak proudly. If you don’t talk about it, you are acting like there is something to be ashamed of.” And I would have added, “You are creating a secret and secrets are never a good thing.”
Dr. Richard Paulson, a fertility with USC Fertility in Los Angeles, explains that with egg donation the age of the recipient is not important when it comes to implantation. But there are health issues related to older women that have to be taken into consideration if she's considering having a baby.
There are 10 fertility clinics located in cities across Michigan, and many of these work with egg donors. According to the 2011 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report, which is published by the CDC, there were 385 total egg donor cycles performed in the state, including 199 fresh and 186 frozen.
In general, pregnancy success rates using donor egg are high because the eggs are from women in their 20s. Dr. Jim Toner, a fertility doctor with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine, explains that the use of genetic testing further increases the success rates, even with single embryo transfer.
What You Need to Know Before You Donate Your Eggs. Pros and cons of egg donation. Here are the things to consider before donating your eggs. If you would like to become an egg donor, these are some things you need to consider before donating your eggs: