The ability of any woman to produce a healthy and matured egg for pregnancy, and ultimately a baby, declines with age. This is because the number and quality of eggs diminishes with increasing age until it gets to a point when it becomes impossible to produce good quality eggs. This happens any time after the age of 40. In some women, this can happen even at an earlier age, e.g. where the woman has had her ovaries removed surgically or she has received treatment for cancer by either radiation or anti-cancer drugs. Replenishing ovarian reserves and restoring the ability of the ovaries to produce eggs once depleted has become an impossible task. Yet these women strongly desire children of their own. The use of donor eggs has enabled many of these women to achieve the dream of having their own babies. Who may benefit from Egg Donation?

A woman who is advanced in age i.e. in her 40s. A young woman who has early or premature ovarian failure or insufficiency. A woman whose ovarian reserves is diminished as a result of damage caused by surgery on the ovaries or cancer treatment with radiation or anti-cancer drugs. Cases with severe endometriosis. A woman affected by a genetic disease or a carrier of a genetic disease. A woman whose previous IVF treatment failures are traceable to poor egg quality.

Who are Egg Donors? Egg Donors are young women who are willing to support the cause of women who are unable to produce eggs on their own to have babies. We only admit young women between the ages of 22 and 34 because we believe they are mature enough to understand the program, give consent, and at the same time produce sufficient, healthy and matured eggs for the treatment. Donors are screened to assess their suitability and fitness for the egg donation program using their medical and psychosocial history. Blood samples are also taken for many tests including screening for infectious diseases. Types of Egg Donors • Anonymous Egg Donors: The recipient and the egg donor do not know each other and they remain anonymous to each other even after the treatment. • Known or Direct Egg Donors: The recipients know their egg donors; the egg donors in these cases are usually friends. How does Egg Donor treatment work? The egg donor takes medication to make her produce many eggs and the recipient receives medication to build her lining and make it receptive to the embryos. The eggs are retrieved, fertilized with the partner/husband/donor sperms and the resulting embryo is transferred into the recipient’s womb for implantation. Please note that if the treatment is successful, the recipient will only be a biological parent while the partner/husband will be both a genetic and biological parent.

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