When a couple is unable to get pregnant on their own, they may consider using an egg donor or sperm in order to start a family. Because the use of donor eggs or sperm is typically not widely discussed in social circles, many people are unsure of the donation process.
Egg Donor or Sperm Donor Decision Making Process
The first decision couples are faced with is who to use as their egg or sperm donor. There are pros and cons for the choice of selecting a known or anonymous donor. With a known donor, the child has the ability to build a relationship with their donor as they grow and develop. For some individuals, a known donor situation is not ideal. In this case, selecting an anonymous donor is a better fit.
For individuals who are using anonymous donors, there is a process to select the right donor for your family. To do this, you must first make a list of the characteristics that are most important to you. Anonymous donors provide profiles that include photos of them when they were young as well as a personality profile. This information may all be used by parents to narrow down and ultimately select their donor. Predefining important qualities should be done beforehand to reduce time and to ensure that the decision being made is one that is well thought out.
Once a donor has been selected, the process takes place as with every other fertility treatment. Depending on the needs of the couple, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment may be used for both donor eggs and sperm. Typically, a less invasive treatment - Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) - is performed when a couple is using donor sperm. When using donor eggs, they are fertilized in the lab either using your partner’s or donor sperm. Then, the developing embryos are returned directly into your womb.
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If you are considering becoming a donor recipient of donor eggs or donor sperm to begin building your family, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 917.525.5496.