Egg donation is a method of Assisted Reproduction and often the only and last chance for a lot of people to become parents. It gives new hope and alternative to women who are not able to provide own eggs for IVF. Here we would like to share some facts about egg donation that you may find interesting:
Egg donation is a wonderful gift someone can give to other person. There are a lot generous women willing to change lives of others but not anyone can donate. In order to become an egg donor, the candidate must go through comprehensive medical and psychological testing to make sure she meets the established criteria: be between 19 and 30 years old (this may vary depending on agency and clinic), have a healthy BMI, have regular menstrual cycles, no smoking, no drug or alcohol use, no history of mental illness, no criminal background, be willing to undergo psychological and medical assessments, be willing to commit to the process.
Egg donors can be known or anonymous. Usually, agencies provide the following information about the donors: age, ethnicity, family history, donation history, medical history, photos, education, hobbies, etc. Some egg donors are willing to meet the intended parents to be interviewed by them, although mostly it is voluntary and they do not have such obligation.
There are some egg donors who are willing to travel and donate eggs abroad. Choosing a travelling egg donor allows intended parents to be able to use the clinic of their choice. Egg donors are usually accompanied by the coordinator while travelling to other country.
The fee paid for egg donor time and commitment usually varies per country. It also depends if egg donors are donating locally or travelling to other destination.
Egg donors undergo medical preparation for about 6 weeks . They need to take hormones to stimulate egg development. The actual procedure of egg pick up takes about 15 minutes and is done under general anesthesia.
The success rates of egg donation varies from case to case since there are a lot factors involved, not only egg donor. Although egg donation gives a high probability of success to women in need. The chances of success highly depend on the number and quality of embryos obtained as a result of egg donation and IVF. The more embryos are obtained from the egg donation, the greater the number of chances of success.
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