To a person unfamiliar with infertility treatments and procedures, the term ‘egg donor’ may seem foreign or even unpleasant. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Through the efforts and kindness of young women willing to provide their healthy eggs many couples are able to conceive and deliver babies that would otherwise not be able to do so. So, here’s the 411 on Egg Donation:
What is Egg Donation?
Ovum Donation (OD) also known as egg donation is a fertility treatment procedure, which involves another woman, the egg donor, undergoing ovarian stimulation in order to produce eggs intended for fertilization. The fertilized eggs are then transferred to the uterus of the intended mother or a gestational carrier (GC) as an embryo at our infertility clinic. The hope is that the transferred embryo(s) will result in a successful pregnancy and live birth.
Why Egg Donation and who is it for?
Egg donation is an effective option for women who are unable to conceive using their own eggs. A woman may not have any of her own eggs, may have had her ovaries removed, may have undergone a cancer treatment that has damaged her ovaries, or may be experiencing early menopause. In other circumstances, she may not have enough eggs or they may be of poor quality. The chance of a woman getting pregnant using fresh embryos created from donor eggs is above 50%.
Egg donation is also a viable option for gay men and gay couples who need a donor egg in order to use their own sperm to create a biological baby. In this case, a gestational surrogate is necessary for the pregnancy. Procrea is proud to help with LGBTQ family planning.
For Canadians hoping to become parents, Procrea Fertility offers an on-site egg donation program as well as an extensive frozen donor egg program.
Is Egg Donation Safe?
Absolutely! Health Canada’s donor selection criteria is very strict and egg donors provide their eggs as a pure act of kindness and generosity since Canadian law prohibits compensation of any kind for egg, embryo and sperm. Prior to selection, donors must undergo a series of blood and genetic testing. Egg donors must be between 18 and 34 years old.
If you believe you or your partner show indications of needing an egg donor in order to conceive, please allow our compassionate team of infertility specialists at Procrea Fertility to guide you through this process. We are here for you every step of the journey to parenthood.