Today, most surrogate mothers are gestational surrogates, which means they do not use their own eggs. Using a technique called in vitro fertilization, eggs are fertilized with sperm, and the created embryo is placed into the uterus of the gestational surrogate. The main decision you must make before entering your surrogacy program is whether to use your natural eggs or donor eggs.
When you work with Western Fertility Institute, you’ll find that one of the first steps we take is to develop a surrogacy plan with you. This plan will allow us to fully understand your preferences. While the decision to use your own eggs or donor eggs is ultimately yours, you should keep a few facts and considerations in mind.
Who Are Candidates for Donor Eggs?
When you’re deciding whether or not to use donor eggs in your surrogacy program, you must ask yourself this question: What will increase the chance for a successful pregnancy? Many women struggling with infertility have diminished egg quality. Even if you’re using a surrogate, you want to ensure that the fertilized embryo can be successfully implanted into her uterus and that she’ll be able to carry the pregnancy to term.
Egg donation may be your best option. If you have any of the following conditions or fertility issues, you may want to consider using an egg donor:
- You are over the age of 40.
- You’ve begun early menopause.
- You’ve experienced premature ovarian failure (POF).
- You no longer have ovaries.
- Your ovaries do not respond to stimulation.
- Your fertility specialist has determined your eggs to be unsuitable or abnormal.
- You have repeated failures with IVF due to poor embryo quality.
- You carry a genetic disorder or have a family history of genetic disease.
- You have a hormonal imbalance.
Accepting Using a Donor Egg
It can be devastating for a woman to find out that she won’t be able to use her own egg for the surrogacy process. In addition, some women experience fear or anxiety about using donor eggs. If the child is not biologically yours, will you feel sad? Will you have trouble bonding with the baby? What if the child rejects you as they get older? How can you be sure that your egg donor is telling the truth about their family health history?
These concerns are normal ones that cause some couples to reject the option of using donor eggs. However, if you can accept egg donation as a viable option in your journey to become parents, it may greatly increase your chance of having a child of your own.
The Egg Donation Process at Western Fertility Institute
At Western Fertility Institute, our strict standards for choosing the right egg donor candidates will ensure the greatest possible chance of success for you to become parents. Plus, you can browse our online listings of anonymous egg donors, view their picture and read some basic information about them on their profile.
Whether you choose to use your natural eggs or donor eggs, Western Fertility Institute will be with you every step of the way throughout the surrogacy process. Our goal is to see you and your spouse have the child you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us today to find out more.