If you’re considering donor embryos, you’ve likely tried various assisted reproductive technologies, undergone hours upon hours of workups, or possibly multiple miscarriages. No matter what you’ve tried, you and your partner’s gametes don’t seem to connect. If you still dream of giving birth, donor embryos may be an option for you.
If you’re exploring the donor egg route to parenthood, you’ve probably struggled through various fertility treatments. Your doctor has likely informed you that the problem lies with your egg quality and recommended donor egg as the next step. While coping with your anger, anxiety, and grief, you must now consider additional treatment.
Many women who’ve not been able to conceive but want to experience pregnancy and childbirth turn to egg donation. Poor egg quality due to a woman’s advanced age is the most common reason why single women and couples turn to egg donation. A woman’s egg quality lessens as she ages and significantly declines after age 37.
Egg freezing is a viable option not just for women who want to preserve their fertility, but also for egg donors and women who are using donor eggs to have a baby. Donors’ eggs are frozen and women/couples purchase a cohort of eggs from a donor chosen from an egg bank’s database.
As compared to fresh egg donation, frozen egg donation is less expensive, provides a greater choice of donors and convenience – the donor and recipient don’t need to be synched for stimulation and retrieval, says Dr. Samuel Pang, a fertility doctor and medical director of IVF New England. A recent study in which IVF New England participated showed there are comparable pregnancy rates with fresh and frozen donor eggs.
Egg donor screening refers to a number of different tests that are performed on all egg donors before they are allowed to donate eggs. Because standard screening guidelines have not been developed, screening practices vary between clinics and donor agencies. Still, exactly how egg donors are screened and selected is an important issue and one that should be carefully consider when selecting a reputable clinic or egg donor agency.
There is one fertility clinic in South Dakota that works with egg donors. According to the 2011 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report, which is published by the CDC, there were four fresh egg donor cycles and one frozen egg donor cycles in the state of South Dakota.
According to the 2011 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report, which is published by the CDC, there was 1 IVF cycle using egg donors in the state of Montana. Of this, there were 0 fresh egg donor cycles and 1 frozen egg cycle.
A blog by Embryo Adoption Awareness Center, June 25, 2015
Some embryo adoption programs have embryos waiting and are frequently able match an adopting family with a donor family within weeks rather than months or even years!
Written in Partnership with Dr. Ernest Zeringue, California IVF Fertility Center, California Conceptions
You may think of embryo donation as a treatment using cryopreserved embryos that remain from another couple’s IVF cycle. But the California Conceptions embryo donation program is a different model. These embryos are created from donor sperm from a sperm bank and donor egg from a woman in their program who elects to donate to multiple recipients in the program.