Egg donation, also called ovum or oocyte donation, is a fertility treatment option for women whose own eggs are unable to achieve or sustain a pregnancy due to several factors such as premature ovarian failure, advanced age, genetic abnormalities, surgeries or other conditions. Egg donation is gaining immense popularity and egg donors experience a rewarding sense of satisfaction knowing that their contribution has significantly impacted another couple’s life. Many egg donors state that they feel immense fulfilment after knowing that they have helped a woman conceive a child.
In the egg donation process, the eggs (usually 10-15) of a healthy woman are fertilized with the sperms of the patient’s partner and the resulting embryos are deposited into the patient’s uterus. If a couple is unable to conceive with all the assisted methods including IVF, then they may want to consider using donor eggs. As a woman ages, her ability to carry and deliver a child is much reduced. At times, the woman may even have serious genetic conditions which can be passed on to their children if they use their own eggs. Hence, selection of the donor is extremely critical.
The donated eggs and sometimes donor embryos can help an infertile woman to carry a child and give birth. Especially among women who are over the age of 40, the use of donor eggs is becoming increasingly popular. Plus, this method enjoys the highest success rate of all fertility procedures. It is proven that using fresh embryos have a 43% chance of conceiving in a cycle.
There are lots of women across the world (aged between 21 and 30), who donate eggs to help infertile couples. Babies who are born from this treatment carry the genetic material of the father but not of the recipient mother. Still, it gives such mothers a chance to give birth and embrace the joys of motherhood.