For many couples, the dream of having a child is not easily realized. There are numerous causes of infertility that can interfere with the conception of a healthy baby. While standard in vitro fertilization, or IVF, can often help couples overcome many of these obstacles, the procedure can only succeed if the woman has a sufficient supply of good-quality eggs. Through the use of a donor's eggs, however, women who have poor egg quality or a low ovarian reserve may be able to benefit from IVF. At our Florida infertility centers, IVF with egg donation has helped many couples experience the joy of pregnancy and childbirth.
Who Qualifies for IVF with Egg Donation?
Candidates for IVF with egg donation include healthy women who have a low ovarian reserve due to premature ovarian failure, an insufficient supply of good-quality eggs, or a genetic condition that may be passed from mother to child. Women who have had a poor response to ovarian stimulation medications may also qualify for the procedure. Because candidacy for IVF with egg donation is determined on a case-by-case basis, a screening evaluation is performed for each potential candidate. This typically involves a review of one's medical history and a thorough medical examination.
When a woman is accepted into the egg donation program, she meets with a member of our team of fertility experts to discuss what she can expect during the process. Although IVF with egg donation is similar to standard IVF, there are key differences. For instance, it is necessary to synchronize the menstrual cycle of the donor with the recipient. This involves the use of medication to suppress the recipient's natural cycle and prepare her uterus for implantation of the embryo. During this time, the donor receives fertility medications to stimulate the maturation of multiple eggs.
Once the eggs have been collected from the donor, they undergo fertilization with sperm from the recipient's partner. Embryo transfer occurs several days later, once the new embryos have been examined and the healthiest ones are selected. The embryo transfer procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is completed in a relatively short amount of time.
During the procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the uterine cavity, through which the selected embryos are deposited. After the transfer is complete, which takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes, the patient rests for an hour and is released. She should also rest at home for the next day or two. To optimize the chances of a successful pregnancy and reduce the possibility of a multiple birth, only two or three embryos are transferred. Remaining embryos can be cryogenically preserved.
More Information about IVF with Egg Donation
The number of donor egg cycles performed by IVF FLORIDA Reproductive Associates has increased tremendously over the last several years. Because we currently have a very large pool of donor eggs, the wait time to receive donated eggs has been virtually eliminated. Please contact one of our Florida locations today to learn more about IVF with egg donation.