Prospective Parents


Prospective Parents

Egg Donation for Prospective Parents

The effect of maternal age on a woman’s fertility is very real and predictable. Beginning at age 35 and rapidly accelerating at age 40, the ability to have a child with your own oocytes is quickly declining. At age 40 it is more than twice as hard to conceive and by age 43 this has become ten times as difficult as it was at age 30. This decline is almost exclusively related to your biological age and unrelated to factors like fitness, previous fertility, use of birth control pills, nutrition or other factors.

Why You May Benefit from Egg Donation

There are two primary factors responsible for the decline. First is a decline in the total number of eggs you have and secondly there is a decrease in the quality of the remaining eggs in your ovaries. This can be clearly seen in IVF procedures in women over age 40. Not only do we have fewer eggs retrieved but the resulting embryos have markedly diminished ability to make a child. These women have three options to have a child. First option would be to beat the odds using their own oocytes (eggs). Second option would be to adopt a child and the third option is the use of donor oocytes.

Advantages of Egg Donation over Adoption

Assuming that you haven’t beaten the odds, donor oocytes offer many advantages over adoption. With donor eggs you carry the pregnancy and are therefore legally the mother. You can use your husband’s sperm and go through the pregnancy and childbirth experience. This is something most women want to experience in their life. Because you carry the pregnancy, the bonding process with the baby cannot be duplicated. Adoption doesn’t give you this degree of bonding.

Finally the donor oocyte procedure is much less expensive in almost all cases to adoption. The pregnancy rate with donor oocytes is controlled by the age of the donor and not the age of the recipient. When you read of celebrities in their late 40’s and 50’s giving birth through “IVF” what they really did was IVF with donor oocytes.

Finally, it is possible to have more than one child from a single donor oocyte procedure. For these reasons and many others, the donor oocyte procedure has become a very effective way to achieve a pregnancy. While the majority of women who use donor oocytes are

Joining the Bellingham IVF Donor Egg Recipient Program

The first step in learning more about our program is to have a consultation with Dr. Branigan. This appointment includes a comprehensive description of the donation process as well as a thorough evaluation and review of the recipient couple’s medical history, a medical examination, a review of treatment protocols and a discussion of possible side effects and medical complications. For more information on the egg donation process, visit Egg Donation Overview .

If couples are interested in entering the egg donation program they can make an appointment or choose to immediately meet with Cheryl, our program counselor. This meeting is designed to educate potential intended parents about program issues including egg donor recruitment, donor screening, the donor matching process, treatment protocols and program costs. This may also include a discussion of the social and psychological aspects of egg donation.