When failing numerous cycles with your own eggs and wanting a baby, turning to egg donation can be very emotional for some intended parents. Some intended parents feel a need to push one more IVF cycle with their own eggs before going to IVF-Egg Donation. Some intended parents need to have closure with their own eggs before moving forward. For some intended parents it takes time to come to terms with using donor eggs, but often within time the desire of wanting a baby takes over. Egg donation is not an exact science and there are no guarantees. However, research has shown that women using the donated eggs of a women in her 20's increases her chances greatly for a successful pregnancy. According to the SART data the success with egg donation cycles is between 50 - 60% live birth per embryo transfer.
Intended parents turn to egg donation for many reasons. Different reasons can be advanced maternal age, same sex-couples, not wanting to pass on a genetic abnormality and also for the health reason related to the Intended Mother. Studies have shown that as a women ages so do her eggs. At birth females have approximately 1 million eggs. By puberty, a women’s egg reserve has declined by about 50%. At the age of 35 approximately 2 out of 3 of a women’s eggs are aneuploid. By the age of 40, 6 out of 7 are aneuploid. Lastly at the age of 45 approximately 9 out of 10 of a women’s eggs are aneuploid. According the American Society for Reproductive Medicine a women over the age of 40 has only a 5 percent chance or less of becoming pregnant naturally in any one month. However, the risk of chromosomal abnormalities in newborns increases with the age of the women’s eggs, growing to 1 in 66 at age 40 versus 1 in 385 at age 30. That is why when it comes to issues of fertility, it is the age of the egg, not the age of the women that truly matters.
When turning to egg donation some women feel they are denying themselves the ability to have their own genetic child. We know that no man can bear a child so he can only be the genetic parent and never a biological parent. With egg donation you give up the genetic component by using donated eggs, but you are still able to share in the equation as a biological contributor. Together with your partner as a genetic contributor and you as the biological contributor you are still given the opportunity of creating a beautiful family. With egg donation you are also given the opportunity to become pregnant, carry your child and give birth to your child. Children that are born through egg donation have been loved well in advance of the pregnancy. They’ve been planned for, wanted and adored. I have never meet a couple or individual that has ever regretted their decision for turning to egg donation. Nobody has ever told us that they are unable to love their baby. Babies born through egg donation leave a special imprint in your heart because you don’t turn to egg donation without going through a lot. Always remember when turning to egg donation to protect yourself emotionally. Surround yourself with people that are supportive and are happy for you during your fertility journey.