Egg Donation & Sharing

Egg Donation

There is an acute shortage of egg donors and many couples wait for several years to benefit from donated eggs. Some couples are fortunate enough to have friends and family members who are willing to donate eggs as a “known donor”. Unfortunately, most couples have to wait very very long for sufficient anonymous donors to volunteer their eggs. This is why Silverberries IVF and Fertility Clinic has considered offering egg donation and egg sharing services. There are various aspects to consider when egg donation is the only option for couples with infertility. A couple needs to decide which way they want to go and the implications of their decisions. They have to undergo counselling at this stage and should take time to think with patience. This decision is very important and should not be taken under emotional pressure.

Egg donation process is recommended to:

  • Women who have a uterus but whose ovaries do not produce eggs due to premature menopause
  • Women who have had their ovaries removed as a treatment for cancer, infection or endometriosis (a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body)
  • Women whose ovaries were damaged by chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer
  • Women who were born without functioning ovaries (Turner’s Syndrome)
  • Women whose ovaries are resistant to stimulation and women who have had poor ovarian response to hormonal stimulation in the past
  • Women who have a high risk of passing on genetic disorders to their offspring
  • Women with recurrent IVF failures due to poor response to stimulation by fertility drugs, or poor egg quality
  • Older women who have poorly functioning ovaries or who have delayed starting a family

The Egg Donor

There is no such thing as a standard donor. What donors have in common is a desire to help people achieve pregnancy, a joy they couldn’t experience otherwise. A potential egg donor needs to undergo counselling to assess her suitability to become a donor and to ensure as far as possible that she is comfortable about donating her eggs.

Criteria for selection of egg donors:

  • No egg donor should expect a financial or other incentive to donate
  • Egg donors may or may not be known to the recipient couples
  • Egg donors should be healthy women, between the age of 18 and 35 years
  • Ideally, they should have had healthy children of their own
  • No history of mental disorders
  • There should be no family history of genetic or inheritable diseases

Egg Sharing

Egg sharing is an arrangement that enables selected groups of infertile patients who cannot afford the cost of IVF treatment, to receive IVF treatment in return for donating a proportion of their eggs to matching paying recipients. The egg sharer must be fit, healthy and under the age of 35. It is important that the egg sharer understands that the number of embryos available for freezing for their own treatment are reduced.

The potential egg sharer is carefully assessed by the clinic. Because of the complexity of the egg sharing program, independent counselling is essential for all couples wishing to embark on the program.

The minimum number of eggs for sharing depends on the total number of follicles but this number may vary. The donated eggs will be inseminated with sperm from the recipient’s woman’s husband while the other eggs will be inseminated with sperm from the egg sharer’s husband. Each couple will have their own embryos transferred.

Occasionally, the donor treatment cycle does not go smoothly as planned. For example, few eggs are collected that are not enough to split. Sometimes, the treatment cycle has to be abandoned because of poor follicular development or risk of OHSS. The eggs may fail to fertilize or the embryos may fail to divide. In these rare cases, the treatment will be discontinued and further steps as necessary will be undertaken.

Egg Donation & Sharing Pune

Egg Donation

There is an acute shortage of egg donors and many couples wait for several years to benefit from donated eggs. Some couples are fortunate enough to have friends and family members who are willing to donate eggs as a “known donor”. Unfortunately, most couples have to wait very very long for sufficient anonymous donors to volunteer their eggs. This is why Silverberries IVF and Fertility Clinic has considered offering egg donation and egg sharing services. There are various aspects to consider when egg donation is the only option for couples with infertility. A couple needs to decide which way they want to go and the implications of their decisions. They have to undergo counselling at this stage and should take time to think with patience. This decision is very important and should not be taken under emotional pressure.

Egg donation process is recommended to:

  • Women who have a uterus but whose ovaries do not produce eggs due to premature menopause
  • Women who have had their ovaries removed as a treatment for cancer, infection or endometriosis (a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body)
  • Women whose ovaries were damaged by chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer
  • Women who were born without functioning ovaries (Turner’s Syndrome)
  • Women whose ovaries are resistant to stimulation and women who have had poor ovarian response to hormonal stimulation in the past
  • Women who have a high risk of passing on genetic disorders to their offspring
  • Women with recurrent IVF failures due to poor response to stimulation by fertility drugs,
    or poor egg quality
  • Older women who have poorly functioning ovaries or who have delayed starting a family

 

The Egg Donor

There is no such thing as a standard donor. What donors have in common is a desire to help people achieve pregnancy, a joy they couldn’t experience otherwise. A potential egg donor needs to undergo counselling to assess her suitability to become a donor and to ensure as far as possible that she is comfortable about donating her eggs.

Criteria for selection of egg donors:

  • No egg donor should expect a financial or other incentive to donate
  • Egg donors may or may not be known to the recipient couples
  • Egg donors should be healthy women, between the age of 18 and 35 years
  • Ideally, they should have had healthy children of their own
  • No history of mental disorders
  • There should be no family history of genetic or inheritable diseases

 

Egg Sharing

Egg sharing is an arrangement that enables selected groups of infertile patients who cannot afford the cost of IVF treatment, to receive IVF treatment in return for donating a proportion of their eggs to matching paying recipients. The egg sharer must be fit, healthy and under the age of 35. It is important that the egg sharer understands that the number of embryos available for freezing for their own treatment are reduced.

The potential egg sharer is carefully assessed by the clinic. Because of the complexity of the egg sharing program, independent counselling is essential for all couples wishing to embark on the program.

The minimum number of eggs for sharing depends on the total number of follicles but this number may vary. The donated eggs will be inseminated with sperm from the recipient’s woman’s husband while the other eggs will be inseminated with sperm from the egg sharer’s husband. Each couple will have their own embryos transferred.

Occasionally, the donor treatment cycle does not go smoothly as planned. For example, few eggs are collected that are not enough to split. Sometimes, the treatment cycle has to be abandoned because of poor follicular development or risk of OHSS. The eggs may fail to fertilize or the embryos may fail to divide. In these rare cases, the treatment will be discontinued and further steps as necessary will be undertaken.

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