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Your Guide to the Egg Donor IVF Process

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We’ve got good news for you. If you are a couple considering using an egg donor to grow your family, your chances of getting a healthy baby are excellent.

In fact, the IVF success rates are higher when using an egg donor than for couples not using a donor.

What we’re saying is, the odds are in your favor.

But what exactly is the IVF process, and how does it work? Here’s your guide to the basics of the egg donor IVF process.

What is IVF

IVF is a fertility treatment option for those who need a healthy egg. IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilization.

As you know from 8th-grade biology, a healthy egg and sperm are needed to create an embryo. This embryo will grow into a baby once it has implanted in the uterus. In some cases, a couple will not be able to provide a healthy egg. This is when IVF comes in.

Couples who would benefit from IVF include gay male couples, and couples dealing with infertility.

Gay Male Couples

In the case of a gay couple, they would need an egg donor to provide the egg. Once the egg is retrieved, the egg is then fertilized by their own sperm. After healthy embryos have grown, they will be implanted into a surrogate who will then carry the baby until it has reached full term.

For a gay couple, finding an egg donor with a high egg yield is important should both want a biological child. The couple would split the egg retrieval and fertilize half and half.

Infertility

In some cases, a woman will not be able to produce a viable egg. This could be due to several issues, including:

  • Age

  • Post-cancer

  • Congenital anomaly

  • Low ovarian reserves

  • Repeated IVF failure

In these cases, a couple may decide that an egg donor is the best chance to have a baby. They will then go through the same process as a gay couple. But, in this case, if the woman has a healthy uterus, she may be able to carry the baby.

IVF Process 101

Here’s are the basic run-down of how it works:

  1. A Couple decides they want to use an egg donor to grow their family.

  2. They find a suitable egg donor.

  3. The egg donor takes fertility drugs to stimulate egg production.

  4. Once the eggs reach maturity, they are retrieved via an ultrasound-guided needle.

  5. The eggs are then placed in a petri dish with the sperm cell to be fertilized.

  6. The healthy embryos can then either be transferred to the surrogate or frozen for use in a later cycle.

It’s relatively straight forward, and the entire process only takes a few weeks once the egg donor has been found.

How to Find the Perfect Egg Donor

Finding the perfect egg donor for your family may seem overwhelming. That’s why we suggest using a credible agency. Egg donor agencies have strict screening procedures in place to ensure that your chances of success are the highest possible.

All donors must meet specific requirements as they go through several evaluations, including a complete medical history, mental health assessments, and fertility testing.This way your can be sure you will find the perfect donor who is ready and willing to join you in your journey to becoming a parent.

How Much Does Egg Donor IVF Cost?

As you can imagine, there are a lot of expenses that come with the egg donor IVF process. As intended parents, it is up to you to cover all the fees associated with the egg donation process. These fees include a range of necessary items such as:

  • Agency fees

  • Legal services

  • Insurance

  • Psychological evaluations

  • Donor compensation

  • Travel costs

  • Genetic assessment

Plan on spending anywhere from $18,000 to $30,000 to secure a donor and support her financially from beginning to end of her egg donation.

Let Us Help

Building a family is an exciting time. It can also be stressful and overwhelming. Let us help you. We have been through the process ourselves and have learned how to weather the highs and lows.

We can help you every step of the way from finding the perfect donor to finally getting your healthy embryos. So let’s get going and get your that family you’ve always wanted.