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Why It’s Always Important To Have A Back-Up Egg Donor In Place

Posted on November 21, 2015

Why It's Always Important To Have A Back-Up Egg Donor In Place

The process of selecting an egg donor is different for everyone. Maybe a profile clicks for you after just a few afternoons of searching, and you know in your heart right away that you’ve found the perfect match. Maybe the process will be more strategic for you, and you’ll spend weeks creating multiple lists and ranking what’s most important  to you, trying to maximize the traits you hope to see in your future child before finally selecting a donor. No matter how you arrive at your choice, we understand this process is not one to be taken lightly, and once the selection has been made, most recipients already feel connected to the candidate – as this puts them one step closer to finally expanding their family. I remember when I was searching endless donor databases for my ideal egg donor. I was fixated on a donor that was on hold for another couple. I obsessed over this donor. I called the agency every other day begging, making offers. Whatever it would take to get her. I did finally concur my goal and got my ideal donor. Big problem! The cycle did not work out in my favor and I had no back-up donor in place. As much as we have our hearts set on that one donor be smart and always have at least one donor on the back-up plan.

When receiving donor applications at Creative Love Egg Donor & Surrogate Agency, we utilize a rigorous initial selection and screening process to minimize the potential of a candidate and donor mismatch. But this doesn’t mean it never happens.We always want to be honest and clear with our donors and our recipients, as we feel that having realistic expectations about the realities of this process is the key to this being a happy, successful experience instead of one fought with stress or disappointment. Despite the many precautions we take, the truth is that some egg donations are ended before completion, often for a reason we’re unable to anticipate ahead of time. This is due to a number of factors: a health issue that went undetected in our initial screening or that surfaced during our more complete medical background check, an insurmountable issues we discover during the psychological screening phase, a problem detected during genetic testing, a legal complication, a travel or timing issue that can’t be overcome, or a donor backs out. Also, there are times when a donor might begin a cycle and not respond well to the stimulating hormones and the Dr. will cancel the cycle.  Each of these issues independently occur rarely, but when combined as a group of risk factors, they affect approximately 25% of our donor-recipient matches.

We understand that to select a donor candidate and then have the cycle stop at some point of the process can feel devastating, and this is why we screen our candidates so intensely from the start. Once a donor is selected from our egg donor database by you. If the donor you have selected has not been through a cycle Creative Love Egg Donor & Surrogate Agency will send your selected donor for her AMH test at the expense of the agency. This test is a very important indicator if the particular donor meets your clinic requirements to move forward with a good AMH cycle. Most clinics like a donor to have an AMH of 1.8 and above.  We want to minimize the chance of something going wrong at every step of this process – long before you’re ever even had a chance to read a donor’s background, flip through their pictures, and feel comfortable receiving their donated eggs. But at the end of the day, the long-term health and happiness of you and your future child is even more important to us, and we’d much rather catch an issue early on then let something go and find out that there was a problem much farther down the line.

For this reason, we suggest that our clients seeking eggs from a donor select several top choices, or at least an ideal donor and one back-up-choice. This way, if something does happen, you won’t have to begin the entire process again from the beginning, and we can ease quickly and smoothly into the donation process with a different and equally excellent candidate. We don’t want to minimize the importance of selecting a donor that you feel is right for you, but at the end of the day we know you have a lot of love to give any baby that you’ll welcome into your life, no matter which egg donor you choose.

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