Needing an egg donor

You may need or prefer to use donor eggs for the following reasons:

¡^ Age-related infertility: The older you are, the greater the probability that you won't respond to the hormone stimulation used in IVF treatment. In addition, the risk of chromosomal abnormalities in your eggs increases with your age, which means that even if you produce eggs in response to stimulation, the embryos may not be viable. So if you're over age 40 and have had disappointing results with IVF, you may consider using donor eggs.

^ Genetic condition: If you know that you're a carrier of a severe genetic condition and don't want to risk passing this condition onto your child or children, you may prefer to use donor eggs.

^ Premature ovarian failure: You're born with all the eggs that you'll ever have and at some point you'll run out of eggs (that's when menopause sets in). The average age for menopause is about 53, but sometimes women as young as their twenties run out of eggs, so-called premature ovarian failure. This condition is caused by a variety of factors, including a rare chromosomal anomaly called Turner's syndrome (where you have only one X chromosome instead of two), cancer treatment destroying your ovaries or your ovaries being surgically removed. If you have premature ovarian failure, you'll need donor eggs to conceive.

¡^ Recurrent miscarriage: If you've suffered several miscarriages that are thought to be caused by an egg problem, donor eggs may help you to have a baby.

Opinion favours donor eggs

In a recent American study infertile women and men were asked about their attitudes towards donor eggs and donor sperm. Interestingly, both women and men were more sceptical towards using donor sperm than using donor eggs and believed that using donor sperm was more likely to have negative effects on their relationship and negative social consequences. They were more concerned about a lack of genetic link between the father and the child than between the mother and the child. Perhaps the fact that the mother carries the pregnancy and gives birth to the child is more important than her genetic link to the baby?

Pregnancy Diet Plan

Pregnancy Diet Plan

The first trimester is very important for the mother and the baby. For most women it is common to find out about their pregnancy after they have missed their menstrual cycle. Since, not all women note their menstrual cycle and dates of intercourse, it may cause slight confusion about the exact date of conception. That is why most women find out that they are pregnant only after one month of pregnancy.

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