Egg donation vs own eggs in IVF

Conceiving is the first step to bringing a baby into this world.

Egg donation vs own egg

But conceiving is not easy for every couple. Some couples are struggled for years but do not get a successful outcome.

If natural conceiving is not possible, then many couples are seeking assisted reproductive technology (ART). 

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In-vitro-fertilization or IVF is a common type of ART.

IVF makes it easy to fertilize the collected sperm and eggs in the laboratory to create the embryo.

The healthy embryo/s is selected from successfully fertilized eggs to the implant to the women’s uterus for further development.

Egg Donation

In case of unhealthy eggs restrict a woman to conceive but she can carry the fetus in her womb, then egg donation is the solution.

In egg donation, Egg donation is the process in which fertile women at their reproductive age donate their viable egg to another woman who has infertility issues due to egg crisis (the female gamete) necessary for creating an embryo through fertilization with sperm.

Egg donation is considered as a third party involved in fertility treatment for assisted reproductive technology (ART).

In many cases, egg donation becomes an integral part of IVF treatment.

The advancement of reproductive science provides a higher success rate in IVF through the egg donation process that is approximately 60% in the USA.

The egg donation process is preferred by women who have any of the following three types of reproductive problems:

  • The absence of ovaries may be a congenital problem or surgical removal due to life-threatening disease treatment
  • Repeated failure of IVF by using own eggs
  • Presence of genetic disorders

The Difference between donor eggs and own egg using IVF

Women who are releasing healthy eggs can use their eggs for conceiving through IVF.

This condition usually occurs because of fallopian tube malformation or male infertility issues.

But in the case of a female partner unable to release healthy eggs or reproductive health problems associated with the absence of eggs, then she may opt for the donor to donate eggs.

In such cases, the eggs collected from the healthy donor have been fertilized with the sperm of the male partner or donor.

The IVF uses the following steps to create an embryo in a specialized clinical setup under the supervision of IVF specialists:

  • Hormonal therapy to stimulate ovulation and maturation of eggs
  • Retrieval of a mature egg from the female ovary
  • Collection of viable, good quality sperm
  • Artificial fertilization of egg and sperm
  • Monitoring of the embryo development
  • Implantation of the viable and good quality embryo
  • After a certain period of conduction of pregnancy check

Usually, the duration of one complete IVF cycle requires three weeks.

But this is not fixed for every case. Depending upon each case history, the whole process may need to divide into different stages and takes a longer period.

The success of IVF depends upon maternal age and the cause of infertility.

In certain cases, IVF may time consuming and the expense is more than the normal estimated budget.

Depending upon the treatment plan doctor can implant multiple embryos instead of single embryo implantation, which results in multiple pregnancies.

But the combination of IVF and donor eggs is needed some extra steps.

The egg donor needs to visit the clinic where she is first screened.

Only eligible candidates can select for egg donation.

During egg donation, the egg donor receives some medication to stimulate egg production.

Receiving the stimulation medication, the egg donor produces more viable eggs in a single cycle to facilitate an efficient egg donation process.

Then the eggs are collected from the donor’s womb by inserting a needle attached with an ultrasound probe through the vaginal wall.

The whole egg donation process is conducted under medical supervision.

Delicately collected eggs are then sent to the embryology department.

An embryologist can evaluate the quality of each of the collected eggs.

Every viable egg is then fertilized by introducing the male partner’s sperm, or sperm donor to create embryos.

This whole process is known as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

During this process, the recipient also needs to prepare for receiving an embryo.

The synchronization of the recipient’s uterus is very important for preparing the uterine environment to support embryo implantation.

The recipient requires taking medications for synchronization of the menstrual cycle.

Therefore, the recipient also needs to take a regular clinical consultation.

Egg donation is considered a noble job and becomes an effective treatment measure in assisted reproductive treatment over thirty years.

The egg donation process gets popularity and many infertile women enjoy their motherly hood because of egg donation.

Success rates for IVF and IVF with donor eggs

The success of IVF by using own egg depends upon maternal age and the cause of infertility.

In certain cases, IVF may time consuming and the expense is more than the normal estimated budget.

Depending upon the treatment plan doctor can implant multiple embryos instead of single embryo implantation, which results in multiple pregnancies.

In many cases, egg donation becomes an integral part of IVF treatment.

The advancement of reproductive science provides a higher success rate in IVF through the egg donation process that is approximately 60% in the USA.

The success rate increases with donor rate because the used egg for fertilization is collected from a healthy young-aged egg donor.

Therefore, if a woman in her 40 uses donor eggs then the success rate of the IVF cycle is comparable to a healthy woman in her 20s.

However, the requirement of donor egg is a mutual decision of the doctor and intended parents based on the requirement.

About Ravi Sharma

Ravi Sharma is a self-motivated young entrepreneur. He is a Bachelor in Pharmacy with MBA in Marketing. He has dedicated his life to the sufferings of childless couples and individuals. He is never tired of assisting people and egg donors and made himself available for them 24X7. He is working in the segment of Infertility treatment for 8 years. He is associated with the successful launch of Medical Tourism Company offers assistance in various infertility treatment options. His baby The ARTbaby offers various IVF treatment options to clients worldwide. He has written various articles on IVF treatment options his practical experience touching the life of the Indented Parents. He is a true professional with a great human touch and feel. With his dream & commitment towards creating families for all, he has a clear focus on providing products, services & knowledge in the fertility field.