Making the decision on egg cell donation
Egg cell donation is an effective technique but it is not easy to choose to try it. It marks the point where you absolutely realise that it is nearly impossible to conceive a child who will be genetically related to you. This is even harder if you have been trying for years to become pregnant with your own genetic child from your husband or partner.
Opinions about egg cell donation
Egg cell donation raises an amount of ethical, legal, social and medical issues. You will surely come across a whole range of varying viewpoints on the subject, besides your own. Everyone seems to have a viewpoint, and most people are very happy to tell theirs even if it is highly controversial or even offencive. Some opinions are formed by individual’s own experience, while others rely on the media reports, religious standpoints or professional protocols. Your partner, family and friends may vary widely in terms of how much they support the idea of egg cell donation. Many articles have also been written on the subject by sociologists, psychologists, legal experts and doctors. The main thing to remember is that only you and your partner can decide whether this form of IVF treatment is right for you. If it is, our team at O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic is ready and willing to help you.
The hardest aspect to overcome of egg cell donation is of course the genetic one. The woman who undergoes IVF is now the egg donor, not the would-be mother (the egg recipient). This means understanding and accepting the fact that your own genes will not be passed on to your child. For some people this is less important than for others, but it is a major decision to make. This is why egg donation is usually only thought of after other options have failed. For example, at O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic we treat a number of couples who have sadly gone through IVF treatment (using the female partner’s own eggs) many times and failed. However, egg cell donation frequently proves to be the only effective way to overcome infertility for women aged over 40. The O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic doctors fully understand the sensitive nature of the choice, and will be happy to discuss these issues through with you.
If you have already spent years in unsuccessful attempts to have a child, and are still persevering, we very much understand and respect your desire to become a parent. The wish to have a child is a very strong one, and the advantage of egg cell donation is that (unlike with adoption, for instance) your partner contributes half of the genetic material of your child. Of course, you would have preferred to provide another half yourself, but sometimes this is depressingly not possible. However, once you are pregnant, you will go through the delight of feeling the baby grow inside you and realizing that it is your body that is nurturing your child.
If you decide to go ahead, we will offer you a donor from the O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic database who matches your requirements as closely as possible. For most people, this means one who physically bears a resemblance to the egg cell recipient (the would-be mother) as much as possible. Other aspects may also be important to you, such as the egg donor’s blood group, educational level, profession or interests. Most of our patients find it reassuring to know these details, although some prefer to leave the decision up to us.
Talk to us about it
Even if you still want to have another attempt at fertility treatment using your own eggs first, you may find it comforting to know that there is another option if you are not successful. You can send your details to O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic using the link below, and we will contact you to say how we can help you.
Interested in egg donation at O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic?
Please first fill in our questionnaire This will be assessed by one of our experienced doctors, who will then get in touch with you using your preferred contact method.
If you have any questions, an English-speaking receptionist is available to take your call on 007 81 2336 3059 between 07:00-14:00 Central European time (06.00-13.00 UK time). You can also reach us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
Very kind regards,
Your O.L.G.A. Fertility Clinic team