Aug 04 2016

Screening for Health and Safety - Egg Recipient Testing


A woman talking to a fertility doctorThe people of Lubbock can trust our team of fertility specialists to provide answers to their questions. Knowledge can lead to peace of mind, and that's something that should never be taken for granted when it comes to treating infertility. Whether it's IVF, egg donation, or surrogacy, we are here for you.

Before the egg donation or surrogacy process begins, it's important to perform medical tests and screenings as a precaution. Let's go over some of the basics regarding this testing process.

Why Egg Donation and Surrogacy May Be Considered

Both egg donation and surrogate carriers/gestational carriers are good options to consider for people who have issues with conceiving a child.

With regard to egg donors, they are ideal when a woman does not have healthy or viable eggs of her own. Surrogacy is ideal when a woman is unable to carry a child to term on her own, often due to health concerns or the risk of miscarriage. Ultimately, both of these options improve the chances of pregnancy, live birth, and a healthy child.

Why Is Recipient Testing So Important?

Since another person's eggs are being used in these cases, testing is essential for ensuring optimal health and successful treatment. These health screenings will prevent complications from arising during the treatment process and will help ensure good health from all parties involved.

In essence, these tests are pragmatic precautions, and ones that shouldn't be disregarded or taken lightly. The goal is to take the health of all parties into account.

Physical Exams and Assessment of Medical History

One of the primary tests before any treatment is performed involves a full physical exam and an assessment of medical history.

For egg donors, the physical and analysis of medical history will help ensure that any eggs provided are healthy and viable. For surrogates, these exams will make sure that they are in good health and well enough to carry a child to term without any worry of serious health risks.

By noting medical history, a fertility specialist can determine if a patient is ideally suited to donate eggs or carry a child to term. Any past history of miscarriage or potential genetic conditions may preclude a woman from donating eggs or serving as a carrier.

Other Medical Tests That May Be Performed

In addition to physical exams and assessment, other tests can be performed to assess overall suitability. Cervical cultures may be taken in order to check for bacteria that may be harmful to an embryo and developing child. Imaging tests such as a sonogram, hysterosalpingogram, or hysteroscopy can also be performed to assess the health of a woman's uterus. These additional checks combined with physical exams are, again, a pragmatic approach to ensuring success.

Discussing the Process in Full Detail

During the consultation process, we will be sure to go over all of these matters in greater detail so you understand the treatment process in a step-by-step fashion. We will answer all questions and address all concerns to put your mind at ease about whatever procedure is being performed.

Learn More About Fertility Treatments

For more information about egg donation and fertility treatments, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. Our team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve your goals of starting a family.

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