Egg Donation has become a most viable option for prospective parents where the Intended/Recipient Mother is capable of carrying a pregnancy to term and delivering a child herself. In many cases, egg donation is sought by parents who, aside from being unable to naturally conceive, or are simply unable to produce viable ova or eggs thus resulting in miscarriages or numerous failed pregnancies.
In the Egg Donation process, the Intended Parents have the unique opportunity of selecting a donor that is similar in one or more ways to one or both of the Intended/Recipient Parent, usually the Recipient Mother. The donor could be selected from a registry of donors through an agency specializing in egg donation or may be a relative or close friend of the Intended/Recipient Parents. Some egg donation arrangements are anonymous in that the Intended/Recipient Parents’ identifying information is disclosed to the donor.
Once the donor is selected, she undergoes extensive medical and psychological screening by a trained fertility specialist. After the donor is medically cleared to proceed, legal contracts are drawn up usually by the Intended/Recipient parents’ attorney. The contract is required to be reviewed by independent counsel for the donor who then issues a legal clearance indicating that the donor understands her rights and responsibilities under the agreement. The Intended Parents’ attorney likewise reviews the agreement with the clients and once completed, a legal clearance is then issued to the medical doctor who then proceeds with the necessary medical procedures.
The donor is then given medication to stimulate egg production enabling her to produce more than one egg in one menstrual cycle. Retrieval is then performed using non-invasive procedures at a fertility clinic. The ova or eggs retrieved from the egg donor are then fertilized with the sperm of the Intended Parent/ Husband. If the menstrual cycles of the donor and the Recipient Mother were synchronized beforehand, fresh fertilized embryos may be implanted into the Recipient Mother’s uterus immediately after retrieval. The remaining embryos that are not implanted are frozen at a cryobank for future transfers or implantations.
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