When to Consider Donated Eggs for Pregnancy

When to Consider Donated Eggs for Pregnancy

The road to motherhood hasn’t been as easy as you thought. Especially if you spent the early part of your reproductive years carefully using birth control to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, you may be shocked to find that you’re not getting pregnant at all without it.

You may still have options to use your own eggs for pregnancy, but there may come a point when donated eggs are your best (or only) bet. At Noble Fertility Center in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood in New York City, donor eggs can turn your frustrated dream into the precious gift of a baby. 

Here’s why and when fertility expert Peter L. Chang, MD, and our team may recommend donated eggs.

You don’t have ovaries

Either because you were born without ovaries or because you had a hysterectomy, you can’t produce your own eggs if you don’t have ovaries. Donor eggs give you the chance to become a mother and have the experience of pregnancy and birth.

We fertilize the donated eggs in our laboratory and then transfer the resulting embryos into your uterus. When an embryo successfully implants in your uterine lining, you’re pregnant.

Although your baby won’t share your DNA, it will grow thanks to your body and the nourishment you provide. You can think of your baby’s genes as their “hardware,” whereas their “software” is provided by epigenetic factors, such as the environment in which they develop (i.e., you!).

You have few, or poor quality, eggs

As you age, your eggs do, too. Even if you feel young and vibrant, your egg supply dwindles with each passing year. Also, the remaining eggs in your ovaries may also be too fragile to create an embryo.

When we perform a fertility evaluation, we determine your ovarian reserves (how many eggs you have left). If your reserves are too low, or if your eggs are too degraded, we recommend donor eggs so you can achieve your dream of carrying a baby to term.

You have, or carry, a genetic disease

Some diseases are passed on through the mother’s genes. If you have a family history of a disease that you don’t want your child to experience, you may opt to use donor eggs. 

Depending on your situation, you could ask a relative who doesn’t have the defective gene or genes to become your donor — this is known as directed egg donation. That family member must undergo the same rigorous screening process as an anonymous donor does.

You can also opt for anonymous donation, even selecting a donor who shares some of your physical and mental attributes. All donors are physically and psychologically screened and give up all rights to any children from their eggs.

Another advantage to donated eggs is that the eggs and embryos are screened for genetic diseases, which increases your chances for a healthy baby. You may also choose the gender of your child, if you desire.

You’ve gone through menopause

Even after menopause, you may still be able to have a child. Although you may not have any eggs left at all, if your uterus is healthy, you could use donor eggs to become pregnant.

You’re part of a same-sex couple

If neither partner has ovaries or a uterus, donated eggs are one aspect of building your own family. Using your or your partner’s sperm (or both) we fertilize donated eggs in the lab and then implant them in a surrogate’s womb. You can use eggs from the surrogate or from another donor.

Don’t give up on having a baby just because you don’t have, or don’t want to use, your own eggs. Donor eggs may be the answer to your dreams. Contact us today about donor eggs at 925-230-9471, or click the “Book online” button to request a consultation.

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