In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is an assisted reproductive technique that assists in many of the stages of conception to increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy. The goal of IVF treatment is to bypass infertility issues that are making it more difficult for a couple to conceive.
While IVF is frequently performed using the patients’ own eggs and sperm, there are times when it is more practical to rely on donors. Fertility specialist Dr. Janelle Dorsett goes over the reasons for donor egg IVF at our Lubbock, TX practice. She will recommend this technique when she believes that it is more likely to result in a viable pregnancy.
Many women are having children later in life, after finding stability and success in their personal lives, careers, and marriages. We encourage our Lubbock patients to base family planning around their own unique needs and desires.
However, the fact is that age does affect the body, and the reproductive system in particular. If a woman is age 39 or older, the quality of the eggs may have diminished. Past the age of 44, when egg quality diminishes further, donor egg IVF a good option.
Premature Ovarian Failure
Many women suffer from what is known as premature ovarian failure. Essentially, these women go into menopause much earlier than anticipated, sometimes before they have even reached the age of 40.
When the ovaries fail, they no longer produce normal amounts of estrogen. Premature ovarian failure leads to irregular periods and less predictable egg production. Women with premature ovarian failure may have greater success with IVF treatment if they choose to use donor eggs.
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Diminished ovarian reserve may refer to a decrease in the number of a woman’s eggs, the quality of her eggs, or both. Diminished ovarian reserve is primarily the result of aging, but it can be caused by other factors such as genetic abnormalities, injuries, or previous medical treatment.
Day 3 FSH testing can be a good indicator of diminished ovarian reserve. The Day 3 FSH test is a simple blood test that measures the amount of follicle stimulating hormone. If this test reveals high FSH levels, the patient may be experiencing diminished ovarian reserve, which could affect the success of IVF treatment. These women may be better suited using a donor egg for their IVF cycle.
History of Genetic Disease
A woman’s health history can affect her fertility, and also the health of her child. If a woman suffers from a genetic disease, or if there is a history of genetic disease in the family, she may opt for donor egg IVF so that she can prevent her child from inheriting the condition.
Previous Failed IVF Attempts
It is not completely unusual for a first IVF to fail. However, if a patient has experienced multiple failed IVF attempts, or if Dr. Dorsett believes that failed IVF was caused by poor egg quality, she may recommend the use of donor eggs. In many cases, donor egg IVF provides our Lubbock patients with the opportunity to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and beautiful baby.
Schedule an Appointment
At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our team of fertility specialists offer a number of treatments and services to help patients dealing with infertility. If you’d like to learn how these treatments can be beneficial to you, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience by calling (806) 788-1212.