Giving the Gift of Parenthood
Egg Donation Lubbock, West Texas
Oocyte donation, more commonly known as egg donation, involves a woman donating her eggs to a couple having trouble conceiving. These eggs are then used as part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process of fertilizing eggs in a lab, then placing them in the mother’s uterus. Donors can be friends, family members, or anonymous individuals who are carefully selected by hopeful parents so they may create a healthy child. If you are interested in choosing egg donation to help you conceive, our Lubbock, West Texas office can facilitate this process. In addition to carrying out the necessary IVF and transference treatments, our office has its own pool of carefully screened egg donors. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Janelle Dorsett.
Candidates for Using Donated Eggs
Anyone can choose to use donated eggs in the conception process, but it is most commonly chosen by women who:
- are over age 39
- have a history of genetic disease
- are experiencing early menopause
- have poor egg quality
- are experiencing premature ovarian failure
- have a very high Day 3 follicle stimulating hormone level
Selecting an Egg Donor
Hopeful parents can select any fertile woman they like as an egg donor. It is important to decide beforehand which characteristics are desired in a potential donor. Anyone being considered should be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, undergo a physical and psychological screening, submit a medical history, and disclose any history of hereditary diseases or birth defects. Donating eggs requires a significant time commitment, in addition to special medical treatment. As such, donors usually receive monetary compensation around $3,500.
The Egg Donation Process
Egg donors take medication to stimulate egg development for about three weeks. Once the donor’s period begins, FSH or HMG is taken daily for about a week. Blood work and ultrasound will help determine when follicles have developed. When this occurs, the donor is administered the hCG hormone. Two days later, eggs are retrieved, and a semen sample from the recipient’s male partner will be used to begin the in vitro fertilization process.
Meanwhile, the recipient will be taking hormonal medications to synchronize her cycle with the donor’s cycle. This gives the recipient the best chances of being able to support the embryo with her uterus lining. About three days after the eggs are retrieved and IVF is initiated, the embryo is transferred to the recipient. Ten days later, a blood test will determine whether pregnancy has occurred. Signs of pregnancy may become apparent to the recipient before the blood test.
The process of egg donation, fertilization, and transferral requires many delicate, precise steps. To gain a more thorough understanding of egg donation and how it can help you, please contact our Lubbock office today and schedule a consultation.
Risks of Egg Donation
Just as with natural pregnancies, pregnancies from donor eggs carry a 3 to 5 percent chance of experiencing a birth defect. The many medications involved in this process can cause headaches, hot flashes, sleeplessness, and feelings of depression.
The donor may experience ovarian hyperstimulation in very rare cases. This condition is marked by a painful swelling of the ovaries, as well as abdominal pain, nausea, and shortness of breath.
Learn More about Egg Donation
If you are interested in learning more about how to become and egg donor or how treatments at our Lubbock office involving egg donation can help you achieve your dream of becoming pregnant, please contact us today.