When deciding if or not to use an egg donor, there are many factors to consider. Fortunately, most fertility specialist will guide you through this difficult process. Choosing an egg donor can be taxing and emotional for the couple. Our staff is here to guide you and answer any questions you may have. It is important to be considerate of your partner’s choices, and to make the decision together.
The Egg Donation Process
Egg donation is used when the couple fails with other reproductive options. Eggs may be donated anonymously or from known donors. The resultant embryos can be from an egg donor bank (frozen) or may be donated fresh (fertilized and cultured). Egg donation is used for women who:
- Experience premature ovarian failure
- Have undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment
- Have had ovaries surgically removed
- Carry certain genetic diseases
- Are of advanced age
- Have repeatedly poor quality embryos in recent IVF cycles
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 12% of all IVF cycles involve donor eggs. Using donor eggs increases the success of IVF. Based on clinical studies, donor egg IVF has a 55% success rate, which is higher than any other fertility treatment.
Egg Donor Profiles
At Colorado Center for Egg Donation, we help you find and choose an egg donor. When reviewing egg donor profiles, certain information should be considered. You may view pictures of each egg donor, and review the donor profile to make your decision. Information includes:
- Height and weight
- Hair and eye color
- Education and hobbies
- Family history
Legal and Medical Issues
When choosing an egg donor, the donor profile includes the woman’s legal age. Egg donors are usually between ages 21 to 33. Many states require that the donor provide documentation of legal age. Additionally, before egg donation, the donor must give informed consent, verifying that she understands the risks, legal ramifications, and egg donor process. The egg donor will undergo extensive psychological and medical evaluation, which is to assure she does not have any conditions or problems that could hinder the donor process, such as communicable diseases.
Ideal Donor Qualities
It is impossible to choose an egg donor with exact characteristics of you and your partner. Instead of trying to find your twin, choose a donor who is most similar to traits you desire. In addition, consider that genetic makeup comes from both the egg and the sperm. Certain characteristics and qualities make a donor more desirable. When choosing your egg donor, consider these traits:
- Mental stability
- Young age
- Normal ovarian reserve
- No impairment in fertility
- No family history of genetic problems
- No history of drug and/or alcohol use
The Do’s and Don’ts of Choosing an Egg Donor
- Do make a list of what is you feel are the most important characteristics in an egg donor.
- Do choose someone that would be a good fit for your family.
- Do look at physical traits if you wish for your child to resemble you and your spouse.
- Do get to know the donor if possible, so you can get a sense of her personality.
- Do remember that egg donation does not guarantee a successful pregnancy.
- Don’t fixate on one particular trait or quality. Remember, half of the genetic makeup comes from the father.
- Don’t feel guilty for using an egg donor. This is a personal journey for each couple, and your decision is your own, not someone else’s.
Colorado Center for Egg Donation is the premier clinic in CO for matching up egg donors with egg recipients. The Center offers Board Certified reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists and a portal for patients as well. Call us today!