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.