There are many couples who wish to have children but find it impossible or difficult to conceive or are unable to conceive. For these couples, few specialized techniques are involved so that the couples can conceive using their own sperm and eggs. The others should use sperms donated for another man. In the recent years, egg donation has helped some women whose ovaries could not produce enough of healthy eggs in order to become pregnant using the donated eggs.
If you’ve been approached by a relative or a friend to become an egg donor then you require knowing about the procedure and analyze seriously about what it involves before you begin. To become an egg donor is a vital decision. First and foremost, not all women can donate eggs. The programs generally vary in the qualities they favor. However, some criteria are found to be fairly standard. Certain policies are set for the legal reasons. There are other rules designed to increase the chance that a pregnancy with result and the process will be safe for both recipient and donor.
Assisted reproduction or egg donation programs are available all over the world. Every program involves its own criteria for the egg donor selection including policies, release forms, age and testing requirements. For instance, the egg donor should be under the age of 35 as the risk or possibility of the birth defects is usually lower within this age limit.
Some of the egg donation programs usually prefer using the donors who have already been successful in donating eggs. It is believed that these people are more likely to be more fertile. Hence it is quite easier to expect their feelings about having the genetic offspring born to someone else.
If you choose to become an egg donor, you may have to go through several medical visits before you are finally accepted. These visits usually include gynecological and physical exam, a family and medical history, urine and blood tests and psychological evaluation. You need to discuss all your responsibilities and rights with program representative. The egg donation will not occur unless you are accepted and matched with the woman who will obtain the eggs and give you consent.
Using the donated eggs to generate a pregnancy involves vitro fertilization or IVF. First of all, you will have to take a series of fertility drugs. Some of the drugs must be injected in order to stimulate ovaries in order to produce several eggs. While you use these drugs, you will have to undergo several medical tests. Now removing the eggs from the ovaries will involve minor surgical procedure. After you recover from the egg retrieval, the treatment cycle is completed.
Your eggs will then be taken to the laboratory where the eggs will be mixed with the sperm of the intended father. If embryos result then they will be grown in the lab before being transferred into the uterus of the intended mother. Now if she becomes pregnant and delivers a child then she will be the birth mother and the legal mother of the child even though the child will be genetically related to the egg donor.