In all cases, your uterine cavity must be healthy and able to receive the fertilized egg.
In addition to dysfunctional ovaries, other candidates for this procedure are those that have chromosomal or genetic disorders.
A screening process and DNA testing is used to ensure that women participating in the egg donor program do not suffer from those disorders.
It is true that IVF with Egg Donation is much, much cheaper abroad, particularly if you are from one of the wealthy, Western, English-speaking countries.
But there are plenty of medical tourists who travel overseas for egg donation who are not short of money!
In some countries, female donors are typically compensated for their participation, but in other countries, such as Australia, for instance, there is a ban on the “commercial trade of eggs”.
In countries where there is a ban on compensated egg donation, it’s generally the case that demand for donor eggs far exceeds supply.
(This makes Australia one of the countries where travelling abroad for treatment is becoming especially popular.)
Even in Western countries where paid egg donation is an option, there is still an acute shortage of eggs, meaning that a wait of several years is not uncommon!
Most couples are extremely aware that time is ticking, and a long wait for treatment is very far from ideal.
So as well as saving on the cost of egg donation, you will probably be giving yourself a better chance of success, by arranging treatment sooner, rather than later!
You will complete an initial questionnaire online to begin the process. A second email questionnaire and an interview complete the acceptance process.
The donation programs are not in place everywhere, but the list of collection clinics is growing.
All clinics offering standard in vitro fertilization will also use donor eggs, where you provide the donor.
Not all clinics use anonymously donated eggs, but most do if that is your preference.
Clinics that do provide eggs from anonymous donors allow the couple (or single woman) to select a donor based on any number of criteria. A recent photo of the woman making the donation is usually available. This allows the potential parents to see if the donor is similar in build and appearance to the mother-to-be.
Once the selection process is complete, IVF follows the same format that it would in other cases. Sperm is collected from the male. The fertilization procedure varies depending on the health or quality of the sperm.
Physical and psychological testing is typically required for participation in an egg donor program. Whether you are the donator or the recipient, you can expect a complete physical and at least one interview with a psychologist.
Some clinics require the psychologist interview to participate in standard in vitro fertilization. Others do not. That’s one of the variables.
IVF and pregnancy are stressful to a woman’s body. If you are over the age of 44, you will usually need medical clearance from your general practitioner. The risks of pregnancy to an older woman are greater. Tests that may be done include a chest X-ray, a mammogram and a stress test. Known heart conditions or other medical problems could disqualify you as an IVF candidate.
In vitro fertilization is not for everyone, just as offering to provide donor eggs is not something that everyone can do. It can be a good idea to talk to your doctor or a clinic counselor to find out if you are a good candidate.