3 Things to Consider Before Visiting an Egg Donation Clinic
March 5th, 2014
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an option for women who have trouble conceiving due to advanced age, ovulation problems, or problems with the fallopian tubes or uterus. During this process, a sperm and egg are united in a laboratory. Once the egg is fertilized, the resulting embryo is placed in a woman’s uterus. If the embryo implants properly, it will grow into a baby. Some people use donor eggs to improve their chances of conceiving a healthy child. If you decide to use eggs from a donor, there are three things you should think about before visiting an egg donation clinic.
#1: Anonymous vs. Known Donor
When you use donor eggs, you can use eggs from an anonymous donor or from one of your friends or family members. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. If you want your child to have a relationship with the donor, it may be advantageous to use a known donor. However, you should think about the role you want the donor to play in your child’s life. If you want the donor to have a limited role, it may be easier to use an anonymous donor. When you use an anonymous donor, you select the donor from a database, increasing confidentiality.
#2: Donor Characteristics
If you decide to use an anonymous donor, you will be able to pick a donor based on physical appearance and other personal characteristics. The donor database includes information about each potential donor’s eye color, hair color, and skin color. If you are not concerned with the donor’s appearance, you will have more options than if you try to find a donor with specific characteristics, but this is a personal choice. If you want your child to have the same eye color or hair color as you, you may want to pick a donor based on physical characteristics. You can also pick a donor based on her academic achievements and career history. Have your desired characteristics in mind before you visit an egg donation clinic.
#3: Proven Donors
Finally, you should think about whether you want to use a “proven donor” or someone who has never donated eggs before. A proven donor is someone who has donated eggs and helped someone give birth to a healthy baby. The major advantage to using a proven donor is that you know she understands the process and is committed to following through. A proven donor also has a track record of responding well to the medications used during the donation process. There is no guarantee using a proven donor will result in a pregnancy, but there are several advantages to using this option instead of a first-time donor.
Preparing for IVF
If you are thinking about IVF egg donation, there are several things you must consider before visiting an egg donation clinic. At Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists, we can answer your questions and help you decide which type of donor you want to use. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, compassionate specialists.