One in six couples in Australia of reproductive age experience difficulties in conceiving a child and there is a four year plus waiting list for egg donors. ”
Most couples are lucky enough to conceive naturally or through IVF, but then there are some of us who have limited options and need to find an egg donor to help achieve the dream of having a family.
Egg donation now offers the chance of pregnancy to women who are unable to produce or use their own eggs.
Such cases may include intending mothers who:
- Are going through premature menopause
- Carry a risk of passing on genetic disease/s
- Have ovaries affected by chemotherapy or serious illness
- Have tried IVF treatment, but repeated cycles have indicated poor egg quality
- Absence of the ovaries
Before choosing a donor, there are some questions that you should consider:
- Although you have a biological link to your child, can you accept that you are not your child’s/ children’s genetic mother?
- Have you considered speaking with a counsellor to help you decide on the best way to discuss this decision / possibility with your family?
- Are you willing to be / stay in contact with the donor if you have a successful pregnancy?
- How will you tell your child/children that they were conceived with the help of a donor egg?
- What will your donor be known as – special friend / aunty / donor angel..?
There is a lot to consider and it is a very important decision that you both need to make, but once you come to terms with using a donor egg you can embark on an amazing journey in creating your own family with the generous gift of a known donor.
It is very important to keep your primary focus on why you are wanting an egg donor; to have the end result of having a healthy, happy baby. Embarking on an egg donor program is a journey on its own, and using a Known Egg Donor adds another dimension to this wonderful opportunity. The chance to be able to meet and connect with your donor and gain insight into what your future child / children may look like.
It is completely up to you as the recipients, and also the donor, to decide just how open you want communication to be going forward, but having the opportunity to have a Known Egg Donor allows a deeper connection and understanding which most recipient couples are very grateful for, and which adds to this journey in the most positive of ways.
There is a lot to consider and there are very important decisions that both you and your partner will need to make. We are available to answer any and all questions that you may have. Once you have made your decision to use a donor egg, you can rest assured that we will be there to assist you throughout the entire donor process as you embark on the amazing journey in creating your own family with the generous gift of a Known Donor.
There is a series of blood tests that you as the recipient and your partner would be required to have before undergoing a Donor Cycle:
- Recipient woman - LH, Progesterone, estradiol, FSH, prolactin, testosterone, thyroid function tests, hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody, HIV 1 & 2 , syphilis (TPPA)
- Recipient man - LH, FSH, prolactin, testosterone, thyroid function tests, hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis C antibody,
HIV 1 & 2 , syphilis (TPPA), karyotype, cystic fibrosis screen for either donor or recipient man
Each Donor would be required to have the below blood tests before they can undergo an IVF Cycle.
- Donor - AMH, LH, Progesterone, estradiol, FSH, prolactin, karyotype, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV 1 & 2 , syphilis (TPPA), HTLV 1&2 and a pap smear