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What is Egg Donation and How Does it Work?

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Egg donation made it possible for the baby dreams of thousands of families to come true. The process of egg donation is long, but every program helps women and men who want children to have them. Retrieved oocytes can either help to conceive a baby via assisted reproduction treatment or via in-vitro fertilization.

Discover more about egg donation programs on the “Parens Fertility” website:

Some women donate their eggs to help others enter parenthood, and some do it to plan pregnancy for later, when their natural fertility rates will be significantly lower. Also, egg donation can be used to plan and conduct a surrogate pregnancy, often with a help of IVF.

The process of donation is completely anonymous in most cases, except for situations, where the donor allows her identity to be revealed after the child turns 18. Every donor has a right to remain anonymous, but some countries allow only non-anonymous donations. 

Who can benefit from egg donation?

A lot of people find egg donation as their best solution to build a family. This includes couples, where women:

  • lost their ability to conceive due to menopause;
  • have early menopause;
  • have ovarian dysfunction or other reproductive pathologies that decrease fertility.

Also, donation becomes the only solution for male couples and single intended parents.

In some cases, women wish to donate their oocytes either to preserve them for later, when egg quality becomes poor or to help their relatives conceive a healthy child if they’re not able to do so with their own eggs. Fertility clinics also suggest couples using IVF for surrogate pregnancy programs.

On the other side, donors also can benefit from the procedure. In most countries where egg donation is legal, they receive fair financial compensation for their time and effort.

When is egg donation needed?

Some couples can’t have their own children due to a number of different factors. Genetical abnormalities that shouldn’t be passed further down the line, hereditary diseases, absence of ovaries — each of these reasons get couples to the surrogacy agencies.

Other situations when egg donation is the only solution include:

  • when a woman has reproductive issues due to low egg quality but still wants a biological child with her partner;
  • when a woman has no ovaries, but her uterus is intact;
  • early menopause or poor response to hormone treatments.

Sometimes egg donation and surrogate pregnancy is the only way a couple can have their own child. In some couples, women can’t conceive a child due to ovarian failure, surgical extraction of reproductive organs or too early menopause. Although the process is long, the result is always worth it.

Egg donation gives intended parents the exclusive possibility to add a long-awaited child to their family. For the donor, the process consists of having interviews with a doctor, gynaecologist and psychologist. After that, a set of examinations and laboratory tests has to be conducted to ensure that the candidate is eligible and healthy enough to become a donor. To stimulate ovarian function, the donor goes through a medication cycle, after which an egg retrieval is performed.

For intended parents, everything starts with a visit to the agency. After a few consultations, a doctor helps them discover their own exclusive way to become parents. They receive access to the donor database, where they can find a donor that matches their preferences.

The best way to learn more about egg donation is to visit the “Parens Fertility” agency. Find all the information you need at their website, pay a visit to Lviv, 36 Shchyretska st., or simply call +38 067 510 82 35 for the Ukrainian office or +4 812 333 74 77 for Polish one.