What Are the Disadvantages of Using Donor Eggs?
There are many pathways to starting or growing your family, and donor eggs are becoming more widely utilized as an effective route to parenthood. In many cases, donor eggs give women a chance at pregnancy when there would be no other option. however, there are some disadvantages to this method which we will get.
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Reasons For Using Donor Eggs:
. Ovarian failure
. Low/failed ovarian stimulation response
. Missing or removed ovaries
. Poor egg quality
. Diminished ovarian reserve (DOR)
. Damage due to chemotherapy or radiation therapy
. Medical disorders
. Advanced maternal age (AMA)
. Presence of an inheritable disease
. Multiple failed IVF cycles
. Premature menopause
. Personal reasons
When it comes to personal reasons, one of the biggest is a patient’s belief that the gene pool isn’t the best one to pass down to a child. Using donor eggs may allow couples to help their child avoid some of the difficulties they experienced.
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has great information for patients who want more information about Egg Donation.
How Does Fertility Treatment Work with Donor Eggs?
The timeline for fertility treatment with fresh donor eggs goes something like this:
. Syncing cycles. If you want to use fresh donor eggs, you and the egg donor take birth control pills and a synthetic hormone (like leuprolide) to get your cycles in sync. Your uterus must be able to support an embryo by the time the donor’s eggs are retrieved and fertilized. The donor takes a gonadotropin – an ovulation-inducing drug – to help her develop multiple mature eggs, while you take estrogen and progesterone to prepare your uterus for pregnancy.
. Gathering the eggs. Once the donor’s eggs are mature, she gets an anesthetic before having the eggs removed from her ovaries with a needle inserted through the wall of the vagina. The doctor uses ultrasound for guidance.
. Fertilization. The rest of the procedure is just like IVF. Your partner’s sperm or a donor’s sperm is combined with the donor’s eggs in a laboratory. Three to five days later, each fertilized egg becomes an embryo. The chance of donor eggs resulting in a pregnancy with twins or multiples is about 40 percent, so the doctor is likely to transfer only one or two embryos to the uterus. If the treatment works, an embryo implants in the uterus and grows into a baby. (Any extra embryos can be frozen for future use.)
. Test for pregnancy. You can take a pregnancy test about two weeks after the embryo transfer.
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Disadvantages Of Using Donor Eggs:
. Traditional egg donor cycles are expensive
. All costs (medication, monitoring, insurance) associated with the donor cycle are the recipient’s responsibility
. Occasionally, the donor cycle will fail (the donor does not produce viable eggs, the eggs may not fertilize, or the embryos might not develop) and unless a recipient has paid for a guaranteed cycle, there is no recourse.
. Syncing the recipient’s cycle with the donor’s cycle can take time
. Occasionally, a chosen donor will change her mind or cancel the cycle for other reasons leaving recipients to start over with the selection of a new donor
. If multiple eggs are produced and fertilized, there may be an excess of frozen embryos that are not used.
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About Iranian Surgery
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