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When to start thinking about an egg donor? 

Egg donor requirements

Today there are thousands of women who, for many different reasons need to be donated eggs in order to conceive. The donation is an anonymous procedure in which the donor provides oocytes to the receiving couple. Donated eggs from volunteers are fertilised with sperm from the recipient’s partner. After fertilisation, the resulting embryos are transferred to the receiving patient following gestation.

Hence, egg donation is the option for the following groups of women. Those whose own eggs lose the capacity to produce the essential oocytes for conception. In this group there are women with:

  • premature ovarian failure: Women born without or with under-developed ovaries (e.g. Turner’s Syndrome).
  • Those suffering from premature menopause most women go through menopause in their mid to late 40’s or early 50’s. After menopause, a woman is no longer capable of conceiving because her ovaries stop producing eggs and sex hormones. This, however, occurs much earlier to some women, even in their teens or early twenties, before they would even have contemplated starting a family. This condition is called a premature ovarian failure or premature menopause.
  • Ovarian damage following surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy

There is also another group of women, those with active ovaries, but need to be donated eggs because:

Carry an inheritable genetic disorder such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or Hemophilia. These diseases can be passed on to their offspring. Rather than risk giving birth to a child who might suffer greatly and die at an early age, some women choose to have a chance of an unaffected child by egg donation.

They repeatedly fail to respond to ovarian stimulation in an IVF program some women persistently produce poor quality eggs or embryos when stimulated. These ladies may improve their overall pregnancy chances with egg donation.

Their own eggs repeatedly fail to fertilise in an IVF program or their own embryos repeatedly fail to implant

They have a history of recurrent miscarriage

We run a range of programs designed to meet the needs of women in both groups, following the recommendations of effective legislation. In any case, we are working to provide recipients with a matched donor through the highest standards of medical care and treatments. Notably, unlike other programs, we do not advertise, recruit or solicit Egg Donors. All of the Donors in our program have located us as a result of their own diligence and research. You therefore can be assured that these women are mature, thoughtful, and have considered all the ramifications involved.

Egg donation is a very successful option to build a family. Donor eggs are recommended for women who have:

  • Age-related infertility
  • Hormonal irregularities that inhibit normal egg production
  • Eggs that are unsuitable as a result of genetic disease
  • Have healthy ovaries and a regular menstrual cycle but do not respond well to fertility medications
  • Have not become pregnant with other assisted reproductive technologies for a significant period of time

Egg donation has become an increasingly popular option because it has higher success rates than IVF cycles using a woman’s own eggs. Egg donation also allows for strong biological and developmental relationships within a family because donor eggs are fertilised with the male partner’s sperm, matured to an early embryonic stage, and then placed in the female partner’s uterus, providing her the same gestational experience as natural conception.

If you’re thinking about an egg donation program to build your family and would like to speak to someone about costs, please contact us

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