Are you realizing getting pregnant naturally isn’t as easy as you thought it’d be? Perhaps you’ve already tried traditional IVF without success. Maybe you are contemplating adoption. Chances are you’ve researched and exhausted every option to get pregnant. But have you considered frozen donor egg IVF?
Understanding the benefits of using frozen donor eggs and the egg donation procedure can help you determine if it’s right for you. Here are five reasons to consider using frozen donor eggs.
1. You’re a donor egg candidate.
Women over 40 encompass the largest group of donor egg candidates because the quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs naturally and gradually diminishes as she gets older. Other women have varying medical conditions, like premature ovarian failure (POF), that can adversely affect their eggs. Despite these circumstances, many women are still able to get pregnant and deliver healthy babies. With the help of donor eggs, women can overcome their fertility decline and experience their own pregnancy success. If it sounds like you’re in this situation, it’s possible to find success with donor eggs, too.
2. Prepare for and start frozen donor egg IVF based on your cycle.
When you elect to use frozen eggs, you don’t need to synchronize your cycle with your egg donor’s cycle before IVF treatment can begin. This means you can begin your IVF cycle on your own individual schedule and shorten the timeline before your procedure, sometimes by several months. Frozen eggs are readily available because they’ve already been retrieved and are cryogenically stored for future use. As soon as your uterine lining is in optimal condition for implantation, frozen eggs simply need to be removed from storage and thawed to begin IVF treatment.
If you use fresh eggs, you’re dependent on synchronizing your cycle with your donor. Synchronization makes the preparation period longer and must occur before the IVF treatment cycle can begin. It takes longer because fertility drugs are used to stimulate the donor’s ovary production before the fresh eggs can be retrieved. It’s not uncommon to experience delays in the retrieval process, cycle synchronization, or to have cycle cancellations. You can avoid additional disappointment and frustration from potential delays by using frozen eggs.
3. Frozen egg banks have a diverse donor pool.
Frozen egg banks maintain a diverse database of egg donors, providing you access to a national pool of donors. This gives you a better opportunity to find the right donor for you based on your desired personal and physical attributes such as eye colour, hair colour, height, education level, and personal interests. In addition to anonymous donors, some egg banks offer open identification donors. If your child wishes to reach out to your donor after his or her 18th birthday, the open identification status allows the donor to be identified under certain circumstances.
If you use fresh eggs, you may be limited to a smaller, regional pool. This geographical limitation often exists because of the critical timing required for fresh egg synchronization, retrieval, and transfer.
4. Frozen donor egg treatment is less expensive.
Using frozen donor eggs can help alleviate financial stress by helping control your costs. Cycles with frozen eggs are most often half the cost of fresh donor egg cycles. Frozen eggs are more affordable to use because there are fewer dependencies such as donor and recipient synchronization. Also, with frozen eggs you’ll be guaranteed an egg lot of about five to eight eggs per cycle. With fresh eggs, there’s no guarantee of how many eggs you receive and securing additional fresh eggs can mean additional costs.
5. You don’t have to compromise.
Through the advances in frozen donor egg IVF, it’s possible to experience pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. You’ll have a pivotal role in the development of your baby, beginning with your donor selection. And you’ll be the one to love and nurture your baby through every stage.
Making the Decision
Experiencing infertility can be overwhelming. Deciding to seek an alternative method of conception isn’t easy. It takes time and careful reflection. Simply considering frozen donor eggs as an option may very well be the first step on the road to achieving your dream of starting a family of your own.
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