For many people, having a child and starting a family is one of their biggest wishes at a certain point in their life. For some individuals and couples, pregnancy can be a difficult process where extra help is needed. This is when fertility treatment such as using donor eggs becomes very beneficial for those on their journey to having a child.
Who uses donor eggs?
At Cryos, we can divide the women for whom donor eggs can be beneficial into two main groups:
Women with infertility
Infertility affects LGBT couples, women in heterosexual couples and single mothers by choice. Certain types of infertility such as Premature Ovarian Failure and early menopause may require the use of donor eggs to conceive a child. Cancer patients and survivors may also find that they need donor eggs after completing treatment. So even if a woman is unable to use her eggs, she can still get pregnant using donor eggs. Eggs are readily accessible for women to have delivered to the personal clinic of their choosing for treatment in the US or internationally.
Same sex couples
Same sex couples seeking the use of frozen donor eggs is on the rise. In conjunction with a surrogate to carry the child, same sex couples now have a great opportunity to start a family. Cryos will work with the client’s clinic and surrogacy agency to provide the best experience possible on the path towards family building. Couples now have the option available to have their chosen egg donor’s frozen eggs delivered to their clinic of choice, for treatment in the US or internationally (dependent on the country's specific fertility treatment laws).
The development in the use of frozen donor eggs
The first child born using donor eggs was reported in Australia in 1983 when the procedure was still considered experimental. Since then many advances in cryopreservation have been made. Over the years, many people have used frozen donor eggs with great success to have the children of their dreams when traditional fertility treatment had been unsuccessful. Read more about the differences between fresh and frozen eggs here.
Today, many of our clients are women suffering from infertility due to a variety of causes. We know that our clients value knowing a great deal about our egg donors. Understanding a donor’s interests, values, hobbies and what she looked like as a child, plays a big role in the potential family’s decision-making process. A large percentage of our clients use an ID-Release egg donor with an Extended Profile so they are able to see an adult photo, as well as give their child the opportunity to reach out to the donor at a later stage in life. The choice between an ID-Release or a Non-ID-Release donor is individual, since everyone will have their own personal reason for their decision. In addition, the residing country can also influence the choice, as different countries have different regulations regarding fertility treatment.