Pregnancy with Donor Eggs
Egg donation is a procedure in which an egg donor donates eggs to a recipient for the purpose of making a pregnancy. While donor eggs may not be the first choice of treatment for someone struggling with infertility, pregnancy with donated eggs offers a very high rate of success. In addition to the success with donor eggs, the recipient is able to experience pregnancy, breast feeding, and the peace of mind that there are no concerns with parental rights or problems typically encountered with adoption. Infertility treatments using eggs from an egg donor is frequently misunderstood, however, women around the world experience the joy of motherhood each year through the use of egg donation. The treatment is more common than what most people think.
The pregnancy success rates for patients using fresh embryos created from donor eggs are substantially higher than other fertility treatments. This is especially true for women over 40. Choosing an egg donor and using donor eggs with your partner’s sperm or pursing embryo adoption with donated eggs and donated sperm may provide many couples the best chance of bringing home a baby.
A woman has her eggs throughout life. As age advances, the eggs become less efficient at sorting their genetic information and combining with the genetic information from the sperm. This results in an increasing rate of genetic mistakes which can cause problems getting pregnant, cause increased rates of miscarriage, and result in pregnancies with genetic abnormalities such as Down Syndrome. Some estimates indicate that the rate of genetic mistakes at age 40 is 85% and by age 42, 95% of eggs are genetically abnormal after fertilization. By using donor eggs or donor embryos, a woman can have a pregnancy with an egg from a younger donor and drastically reduce the risk of an abnormal pregnancy.
Reducing the risk of an abnormal pregnancy and increasing the chances for a successful pregnancy and healthy baby must be weighed against the financial and emotional costs of treatments using one’s own eggs. Patients should explore all options thoroughly to be certain they are making an informed decision. Fortunately with shared donor egg programs and the California Conceptions Donor Embryo Program, there are affordable choices.