Nov 29 2016

Egg Donor Recipients: Women with History of Genetic Disease


An embryoThe dream of every person who wants to bring a child into the world is to give birth to a healthy baby. At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, it is our goal to make that dream a reality for as many of our patients as we possibly can. One of the most important ways that we strive to fulfill this goal is through our egg donation program, a vital supplement to our in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment option. Through egg donation, a donor egg can be fertilized in a lab and then placed in the uterus of our patient. The egg donor can be someone the patient knows, loves, and trusts, or she can be an anonymous donor meticulously screened by our fertility clinic and selected by the patient based on certain traits.

Women may choose to use donated eggs in the conception process for any number of reasons; there is truly no incorrect reason for women to become egg donor recipients. However, women with history of genetic disease are among the most common type of egg donor recipients at our Lubbock, TX fertility clinic. These women choose to attempt pregnancy through IVF with a donor egg in order to avoid the possibility of passing along a genetic disorder to their children.

Are you a good candidate to be a donor egg recipient? To find out, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Janelle Dorsett, the esteemed fertility specialist of The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, today.

The Risk of Having a Baby with a Genetic Disorder

First, it should be noted that it is a woman’s right to use a donated egg in the conception process if she so chooses, as long as she is healthy enough to carry a baby to term; however, it is recommended that women with family histories of genetic disorders undergo testing and meet with a genetic specialist before arriving at a final decision to use a donor egg. While having a family history of a genetic disorder may increase the risk of passing along that disorder to some degree, it does not necessarily put the future child at high risk of inheriting the disorder. Indeed, the increased risk created by the family history may be counterbalanced somewhat by the woman’s age, lifestyle, health, and other factors.

Of course, these factors may also compound the risk. A woman over the age of 35 with a family history of a certain genetic disorder would be at higher risk of passing that disorder on to her baby than a 25-year-old woman with such a family history. Likewise, a woman who has had two miscarriages and a family history of the disorder would have a higher risk than that 25-year-old woman with no miscarriages.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation with Dr. Dorsett

To find out whether becoming a donor egg recipient is the best course of action for you, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Janelle Dorsett today.

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