Egg Donation

Egg Donation

Egg donation has become a viable option for prospective parents where the intended mother is capable of carrying a pregnancy to term and delivering a child herself. In many cases, egg donation is sought by parents who are unable to naturally conceive or have had numerous failed pregnancies.

In the egg donation process, the intended parents have the unique opportunity of selecting a donor that is similar in some way to one or both of the intended parents. The donor can be selected from a registry of donors through an agency specializing in egg donation or may be a relative or close friend of the intended parents.

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.

 Friedrich Nietzsche

The Process

Once the donor is selected, she undergoes extensive medical and psychological screening by a trained fertility specialist. After the donor is medically cleared to proceed, legal contracts are drawn up by the intended parents’ attorney. The contract is required to be reviewed by independent counsel for the donor who then issues a legal clearance indicating that the donor understands her rights and responsibilities under the agreement. The intended parents’ attorney likewise reviews the agreement with the clients and once completed, a legal clearance is issued to the medical doctor who proceeds with the necessary medical procedures.

The donor is then given medication to stimulate egg production enabling her to produce more than one egg in one menstrual cycle. Retrieval is performed at a fertility clinic. The ova or eggs retrieved from the egg donor are then fertilized with the sperm of the intended father. If the menstrual cycles of the donor and the intended mother were synchronized beforehand, fresh fertilized embryos may be implanted into the intended mother’s uterus immediately after retrieval. The remaining embryos that are not implanted are frozen at a cryobank for future transfers or implantations.

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