What is a donor egg?
As the term implies, a donor egg comes from someone besides the female partner. This egg is retrieved from the donor, fertilized via in vitro fertilization, and then implanted into the female recipient’s uterus.
The female partner might benefit from a donor egg if she has one of several conditions, including:
- Advanced maternal age
- Inability to ovulate
- Genetic diseases
- Diminished ovarian reserve
- Dysfunctional or no ovaries
- Multiple failed IVF attempts
These conditions may be due to:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Past surgeries
- Genetic problems
- Past cancer treatments
- Early, medically induced or pre-menopause
The team at Advantage Women’s Care understands that compassion and knowledgeable guidance is of the utmost importance when you are deciding whether to use a donor egg.
How is an egg donor chosen?
Being confident of where your donor egg came from is important. The process used to determine the health profile of a donor is of paramount importance to Dr. Parikh and her team.
Each donor receives a series of questionnaires and exams to determine their health profile, both physical and psychological. Some of the information gathered about your donor includes:
- Extensive health history
- Extensive physical exam
- Family history
- Educational background
- Personal interests and hobbies
- Reasons for donating
- Drug screening
- Genetic testing
- STD/HIV screening
- Psychological evaluation
Dr. Parikh and her team make it a priority to use reputable agencies that make an accurate and thorough examination of donors. He and her team guide you through the process of making the best decision possible about which donor to use.
How is the donor egg used?
The team at Advantage Women’s Care will walk with you all along the process, in order to make your egg donor experience as successful as possible. A donor egg may be frozen previous to when you make your decision, or you may choose to use a donor who has yet to donate an egg.
If your donor has not already donated and stored your egg, the steps to implantation are:
- Ovulation induction:Of the donor, using medication
- Egg retrieval
- In vitro fertilization:Using the male partner’s or a donor’s sperm
- Embryos maturation:About 2-5 days
- Implantation:Of the female partner
Using this method, Dr. Parikh hopes to give you and your partner an opportunity to realize your dream of carrying a child.
If would like to discuss whether using a donor egg is right for you, call or book your appointment online today.