Egg donation is the most successful fertility treatment available today. Women who cannot conceive because of disease or genetic issues can experience a healthy pregnancy and childbirth with donated eggs. Gay couples and single fathers can also enjoy parenthood with a genetically related child through the same process and the services of a surrogate.
Most eggs are donated anonymously by young, healthy women between the ages of 18 and 30. Egg donation agencies screen their donors for physical and mental health as well as genetic abnormalities. The donors must meet many other qualifying criteria required by the agency, such as being a non-smoker and drug-free. Recipients can view donor profiles and photos to choose their donor. Some people prefer to find their own egg donors, in which case they have to pay the cost of the health screening.
Open and semi-open donations, in which the donor and recipients know each other and keep in touch after the pregnancy, are also possible if both sides so choose. Legal agreements are used to define the scope of the relationship.
Egg donors are paid varying amounts depending on their level of education, skills, experience and general demand for their eggs based on their profile. Agencies cover all of the donor’s costs. The egg recipients pay for all expenses, although health insurance policies may pay for some parts of the procedure.
The egg donor will receive hormone treatment to stimulate egg production, while the recipient receives hormone treatment to get her body ready for pregnancy. The eggs are harvested in a little less than two weeks after the beginning of treatment. The procedure itself only takes less than an hour and recovery takes less than half an hour.
The harvested eggs are inspected for quality, and the best eggs are fertilized with sperm and allowed to develop in a laboratory for a few days before being implanted in the recipient’s womb.
Although successful pregnancies are quite frequent, some eggs may be frozen and saved for further attempts.
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