Monday, 09 August 2021 Written by  Super User

You can Botox your face; not your eggs

Women are warehouses of eggs, unlike men where factories can produce sperm for a lifetime. There can be various situations wherein women find that they have exhausted all their eggs or do not have ovaries. With parenthood via egg donation a realistic possibility these days, more and more couples are considering this option to reach the family way.

Am I the right candidate to opt for Egg Donation?

Egg Donation is offered as a choice in following cases –

• women with poor ovarian reserve

• women with risk of passing a genetic disease

• women whose ovaries are affected by cancer or its treatment

• women with repeated IVF cycles indicating poor egg quality

The commonest reason of opting for egg donation is for women who are found to have low ovarian reserve; especially the ones who opt for fertility after 35 years of age.

I’m 37. Where am I on my ovarian reserve scale?

There are basically three ways to know about your ovarian reserve –

1. Blood levels of AMH

2. A trans-vaginal ultrasound for Antral Follicular Count (AFC)

3. Blood test on the 2 nd /3 rd day of your cycle

These test results give a reasonable direction of whether to consider conception with your eggs or to opt for egg donation.

I’ve 40 and have been advised to undergo IVF. Should I consider IVF with my own eggs or donor eggs?

At the age of 40, the quantity and quality of eggs is poor and hence has a very low success rate with IVF. In contrast, IVF with donor eggs has a very high success rate since the egg donors are in their 20’s or early 30’s. Apart from the technical ease these days through which donor eggs can be retrieved, the chance of the pregnancy being healthy and fewer chances of miscarriage point towards considering egg donation as the first option.

What is the reason for a low ovarian reserve?

Due to the changing trends in the society, families start a bit later than they used to a decade ago. Due to increased infertility, the scenario of the low ovarian reserve has come into picture.

Quantity and quality of eggs vary among women of the same age. There are fair chances of decrease in eggs with respect to age.

Is IVF with donor eggs a complicated and long drawn out process?

Not really; definitely not as much as the surrogacy program is. Basically the nuances involved include screening and counselling of the donor as well as the recipient, synchronisation of the donor and recipient cycles, growing eggs and its retrieval from the donor and transfer of the embryos into the recipient. After the counselling and consent of both the parties, the time required is around 2 – 3 weeks.

Biology beating mothers are not only a celebrity trend these days – more and more women are opting for egg donation to achieve their dreams of motherhood. Consider the egg donor no less than an angel, who has come up as a blessing in your lives, to take you to the world of motherhood!

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