Egg donation provides the possibility of forming a family to couples who would not be able to conceive otherwise. On average, donor egg In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) provides success rates much higher than those of IVF with a patient’s own eggs, as donated egg quality is usually much higher, disregarding a woman’s age as a key infertility factor.
On average, donor egg In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) provides success rates much higher than those of IVF with a patient’s own eggs, as donated egg quality is usually much higher, disregarding a woman’s age as a key infertility factor.
Actually, an egg donation treatment is much less invasive and exhausting for a patient than an In Vitro-Fertilization procedure with a patient’s own eggs, as it does not require her to submit to procedures such as ovarian stimulation or egg retrieval.
How do I know if it’s time to try for egg donation?
Choosing egg donation can be a difficult transition. While our mission is to help our patients to achieve their parenthood dream with the least possible mental, physical and economical wear, at Ingenes we believe it is also valid for patients that wish to do so, to go through one more IVF cycle with their own eggs, even if they have little chance of achieving pregnancy and despite of the doctor’s recommendations.
Some people find it easier to opt for egg donation once they feel they have exhausted other options, however, it is also true that patients who readily accept a necessary egg donation tend to achieve pregnancy faster and are thus subjected to less physical, emotional and economical wear.
Egg donation is a vital resource for women with:
- Low ovarian reserve
- Premature ovarian failure
- Poor egg quality
- Recurrent pregnancy loss (two or more consecutive miscarriages)
- Repeated implantational failure (those who have failed to achieve pregnancy after at least Three IVF cycles)
- No response to ovarian stimulation
- Over 40 years old or who are likely to transmit genetic diseases
Each case is different; therefore it is essential that you consult an expert in reproduction to help you determine the best treatment for your case.
Egg donation in Mexico
Egg donation is anonymous in Mexico, for both the donor and the recipient. Therefore, it is not possible for you to know each other. Choosing the most suitable donor for each couple is a responsibility of the fertility center, and must meet the standards set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) regarding donor evaluation and selection.
You will get some necessary but broad information about the donor, such as height, weight, and blood type, which are taken into account to select a donor with similar physical characteristics to those of yours.
In Mexico egg and sperm donation is based on a confidential contract between the donor and the authorized fertility center. Therefore, all donor and recipient records (as well those of the child) remain under the strictest anonymity. In other words, the donor will never know whether or not her eggs were fertilized, who the recipient was or if they produced a birth or not.
Egg donation at Ingenes
At Ingenes’ egg donation program, donor selection and evaluation is carried out according to the parameters established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Possible egg donors undergo extensive medical analysis, as well as a detailed survey of their lifestyle and family medical history. Similarly, if parents request it, genetic testing can be performed to minimize the risk of inherited diseases in the baby.
Although we cannot guarantee the complete genetic health and veracity of the answers given by the donor in their lifestyle and family medical history survey, it is important to note that, to date, Ingenes has received no complaints in that matter.
At Ingenes we will assign you a donor whose physical characteristics are similar to your own or to those of your partner, so that the child blends well with the rest of the family. However, just as it happens in any natural pregnancy, each child has unique genetic traits and may not look exactly like you or your partner.
What are the steps of an egg donation process?
Once the best donor is selected for the couple, the procedure consists of:
- The donor must undergo an ovarian stimulation treatment, during which they are given medicaments to stimulate their egg production. It is important to perform regular ultrasound and blood tests to monitor the donor’s response to the medication as well as the development of the donor’s follicles (where the egg are contained).
- When the eggs reach the desired maturity, an egg retrieval procedure is scheduled to retrieve them. This procedure usually lasts about 15 to 30 minutes and the higher number of eggs retrieved, the better chance of a successful In-Vitro Fertilization procedure afterwards. During a successful egg retrieval process, 10 to 20 eggs can be obtained.
- The donor’s eggs are then fertilized with the father’s previously prepared sperm sample, or if necessary, with a donor’s sperm sample, by the patient’s request.
- It is also required to synchronize the donor and recipient’s menstrual cycles. The recipient must begin taking estrogen and progesterone to prepare her endometrium (the layer that covers the inside of her uterine cavity) to receive the embryo.
- One to three optimal quality embryos are selected and transferred to the recipient’s uterus between three and five days after the donor’s egg retrieval procedure.
- Non-transferred embryos can be vitrified and used later if the couple decides to have more children or if the IVF procedure is not successful.