Human desire is never-ending and just like all our other desires, the desire to become parents may be felt at any time. While fulfilling a lot of other desires may not be impossible, there is a good chance of working this one out. If you are over 40 years of age, your doctor is most likely going to tell you that your chances of becoming a mother are very slim. However, this does not deter some women, who are keen on having their own child even if age is no longer on their side.
IVF with Donor Eggs – Do You Need It?
The woman's body is such that her eggs are most fertile when she is under the age of 35. Once she crosses the threshold of 35 years of age, the quality of her eggs begins to decline. By the time she is 40, the quality of these eggs may have declined to a point where they can no longer be used for conception.
There are women who are still able to conceive naturally in their 40s, but that is rare. Some women may no longer be able to produce healthy eggs for an IVF treatment and that is when doctors suggest IVF with donor eggs. Using donor eggs is also a good option for mothers of all ages who have a genetic disease which could be passed on to the child.
IVF with donor eggs is different from conventional IVF treatments. This is because the egg retrieval step is overridden in this treatment. There are a number of considerations in play here:
- You have to first decide if you would like to use eggs harvested from a friend or a family member
- You have the option to use eggs from an anonymous donor. This can be beneficial for you, as the clinic would take the onus of arranging the donor for you
- If your partner's sperm is unhealthy or unusable, you can opt for donor embryos instead. In this case, though you would be carrying the child, it would have no genetic ties with either you or your partner
Once you have selected a donor, you and the donor will use birth control pills to sync your reproductive cycles. This is important because of the delicate hormonal balance that your body maintains in the menstrual cycle. The donor would need to ovulate right when your uterine lining is ready for supporting an embryo. Once the donor's egg matures, she will have to go through the egg retrieval process. She may also be given fertility drugs to harvest more than one egg in the cycle. If you, the donor and the doctor agree, you can even opt for a natural cycle IVF. You can then continue with the IVF with donor eggs.
Having an IVF with donor eggs is common, especially when the woman is past the age of 40 or she has unusable eggs. With donors, the eggs are fertile and the chances of success are much higher.