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What Intended Parents Need to Know About Genetic Testing For Egg Donors
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Congratulations! You’ve decided to use an egg donor to grow your family. This is such an exciting time as you go through the steps of choosing the perfect egg donor. 

While looking for the perfect traits you want from a donor is exciting and fun, you’ll also notice that you have access to medical information. This includes the results from the extensive screening that each donor must go through. 

This information is just as, if not more, important than any physical trait. Be sure to pay attention to any infectious diseases, psychological assessment, and the detailed medical history. Your donor must be as healthy as possible.

 But did you know that genetic testing for donors also plays a big part in your search for the perfect girl? We know, there are so many different variables when finding the right donor.  Don't worry; we're here to help. Here’s your guide on exactly what genetic testing is and what you need to know.

What is Genetic Testing?

Let’s start at the beginning. Genetic testing is a medical test that looks for changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins of an individual. Genetic tests can either confirm or rule out any genetic condition and help determine what the chances are of passing on a disorder to a child.  

If there is a positive test result found for a particular gene or chromosome, that signifies that a person is a carrier of a specific genetic mutation. The reason we do genetic testing for egg donors is to inform the intended parents of any genetic disorders that could potentially be passed to the child.

How Genetic Testing Can Affect Your Decision

So just how important are the results of genetic testing? Well, for one, they can be super insightful, but a donor’s conclusions may not be the sole reason to cast them aside. Here are some points to consider:

Watch for Autosomal Recessive Conditions 

For some conditions, both the egg and the sperm must be carriers of a disease-causing variant.  Autosomal recessive conditions are most common in couples who are of the same race and ethnicity. If both parents are carriers, there is a 25% chance their child could be born with a life-altering disease. 

Autosomal recessive conditions include diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Tay Sachs disease, and sickle cell anemia.

If the added reproductive risk makes you nervous, you may need to find a new egg donor if you are both carriers for specific disorders or diseases. 

Carriers Can Still be Healthy

Just because an egg donor tests positive for a particular gene mutation, doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be considered for egg donation. As many as one in five healthy adults may carry disease-related genetic mutations. That means 20% of us are walking around with gene variations that we don’t even know about. 

If your donor is a carrier, and you aren't, your bundle of joy will get a working copy of the gene from you. This means that while your child may be a carrier of the gene mutations, he will have no ill effects from the gene variant.

Think about the Effect on the Child

If through your genetic testing, you find conditions that could be passed on to your child, think about how it would affect his quality of life. 

Most conditions are highly variable in terms of age onsets and clinical severity. What is the risk to the child and how life-altering would the condition be?

The Benefit of Genetic Testing for Egg Donors

Traditionally, genetic testing was rarely done before the baby was conceived. It was only when one or two children were born with disabilities that couples thought about whether or not they were carriers for gene mutations. 

When using an egg donor, we can actually test the embryos before implantation. This is called Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and ensures that only the healthiest embryos are used.

Peace of Mind

Here at Elevate Egg Donor Agency, we make sure intended parents are  prepared to choose the right egg donor. This includes providing them access to medical and psychological test results, and offering genetic testing for egg donors. 

All this together provides you with peace of mind as you make major decisions regarding your future family. 

So register with us today and let’s get the process going. You’ve already waited long enough

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.