How are you girls feeling? It’s day three of our National Infertility Awareness Week and Heidi Hayes creator and founder of Donor Egg Bank USA who has also faced her own struggles with infertility is our guest blogger today. Heidi decided to start a company to help other families who are facing the same challenges that she faced. Heidi and her husband are the parents of three beautiful children and have built their family through adoption and donor egg treatment Read on to find out more about using frozen donor egg and IVF.
When a couple decides to have a child, the hope is that nature will take its course, and their family will grow as expected. However, for many couples, there can be obstacles on the road to parenthood. Treatments for infertility vary based on the particular cause of the problem, and identifying that cause may be the one of the biggest challenges.
In some cases, IVF with donor eggs may be used to treat infertility. Infertility treatment using donated eggs sounds complicated, but it may be less difficult than you think. Let’s begin with an overview of how the donor egg IVF process works.
When Are Donor Eggs Used to Treat Infertility?
As previously mentioned, there are several reasons why a couple may be struggling with infertility, and there are nearly as many treatments as there are causes. For example, some women are unable or unlikely to get pregnant using their own eggs. Premature ovarian failure, advanced maternal age, genetic disorders, and some medical treatments can affect egg quality.
In these cases, using a donor egg may be recommended. It’s a lot to come to terms with, and it’s easy to understand why a couple hoping to grow their family would need to take some time to think about using a donated egg. Thankfully, the average egg donor in America has a lot of information available.
What do We Know About Egg Donors?
In some cases, a couple using a donor egg to treat infertility will be able to use the egg of a known donor, like a close friend or family member. This is an enormous and beautiful gesture, but it’s not without its own set of complications. The decision about when and what information to disclose to the child is one that should be made early, and all parties must be in agreement.
When a couple doesn’t have a donor in their circle, or prefers to use an anonymous donor for personal reasons, the internet has made the process of choosing an egg donor simpler and more private. In many cases, you can search an egg donor registry from the comfort of your own home or office. This allows you to take all the time you need to come to a decision.
There are many reasons why women choose to become egg donors, but a common thread is the desire to help couples struggling with infertility. Donors come from all walks of life, and with the option to learn more about their education, family, hobbies, and interests, you can get a sense of your egg donor’s personality. You can also typically see pictures of your donor as a child to help you select someone who is a close physical match to your family.
How Does an IVF Cycle with a Donor Egg Work?
When undergoing the IVF process using a fresh donor egg, the cycles of the donor and recipient must be synchronized to ensure the donor eggs are harvested at the optimal time for fertilization and implantation. The process can be simplified by choosing to use a frozen donor egg. Once considered an experimental treatment, the use of frozen donor eggs has become accepted as a viable treatment option in the medical community.
In addition to lower costs, the synchronization of a donor and recipient’s cycles is not necessary when using a frozen egg. This means there are fewer opportunities for an illness or a family emergency to put the transfer process off for another cycle. The pregnancy success rates of frozen donor eggs are also rapidly approaching those achieved when using fresh eggs.
Here is a video from a Baltimore news station explaining more about the overall process:
Navigating the world of fertility treatments can be overwhelming to some prospective parents. If you are in the midst of exploring your treatment options, know that there are more choices available to help you grow your family than ever before. Ultimately, the decision you make will be based on what your doctor recommends for your specific case. Ready yourself by learning everything you can, and know that there are many people ready, willing and able to help you find the answers to all of your questions.