How IVF with Egg Donation Works at Top Fertility Centers
- Posted on: Feb 15 2015
IVF with Egg Donation
In vitro fertilization – the process by which an egg is fertilized by combining it with sperm in a laboratory, and the resultant embryo transplanted to the mother’s uterus – is typically done using the mother’s own eggs. But a number of infertility conditions may make it difficult or impossible to retrieve eggs from the mother’s ovaries. When this is the case, anonymous egg donation is an excellent option for infertile couples.
How IVF with egg donation works
Both the egg donor and the mother will take synthetic hormones or birth control pills in order to sync their reproductive cycles. This is because it’s important to make sure the egg donors egg are ready when the recipient mother’s uterine lining is prepared to support an embryo.
The donor will also be prescribed one or more fertility medications to induce the development of several mature eggs. While this is happening the recipient mother will be administered estrogen and later progesterone to help get her uterus ready to support an implanting and growing embryo.
The donor’s mature eggs are then removed from her ovaries, and conventional in vitro fertilization or ICSI is performed exactly the way it would be if the mother’s own eggs were being used. Once eggs are successfully fertilized, the recipient mother’s doctor will insert embryos into her uterus using a thin, flexible catheter. About two weeks after the embryos are placed in the recipient mother’s uterus, she will take a pregnancy test to determine if the IVF treatment using donor eggs was successful.
While it is common to transfer several embryos at once during IVF, some experts recommend only transferring one embryo at a time if the parents want to avoid a twin pregnancy. If the parents decide to do this, additional unused good quality embryos can be frozen and used if the initial IVF is unsuccessful. Approximately, 75-85% of the time a single egg donor cycle will result in pregnancy.
The Rocky Mountain Fertility Center can pair couples with an anonymous egg donor. Couples can choose the donor based on family and ethnic background, physical appearance, education, occupation, and personal habits. Our donors undergo extensive medical and genetic screening and are tested to ensure they do not have sexually transmitted diseases, HIV or hepatitis.
We are committed to helping our patients experience successful pregnancies whenever possible. IVF with donor eggs is one of the many treatment options available. Contact us today at (303) 999-3877 to learn how we can help you.
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