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There is a certain stigma surrounding the use of a donor egg to have a baby. Just as surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and sperm donation were once less accepted solutions to infertility, egg donation will probably become more accepted over time. Using a donor egg raises many questions in the minds of families and individuals trying different alternatives to get pregnant. As a mother, will the baby feel like mine? Will I bond with the baby as well as I would have with a biological child? How would my family and friends react if they knew? Will my family accept the child?
High Success Rate
It’s unfortunate that the stigma around egg donation prevents many people from considering this viable solution to infertility. In fact, it is one of the most successful options for getting pregnant. About 12 percent of IVF treatments use donor eggs. The success rate of using donor eggs for IVF is 52 percent nationally and 75 percent at the most advanced clinics—the highest of any fertility treatment available today, according to the CDC. Especially for women 40+ who only have a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant per cycle without any intervention, using a donor egg dramatically increases the likelihood.
Throughout the process, you will be able to have full control in selecting the donor. It’s common for recipients to want a donor who resembles the mother and shares the same ethnic background, and some even choose a family member as the egg donor. Before you select a donor, you’ll be able to find out a great deal of information about potential donors: their height, weight, eye color, hair color, medical history, genetics, education, profession, religion, and more. You’ll also have access to their photos as you make your choice.
The Maternal Bond
Many mothers-to-be who are considering the option of using a donor egg wonder if they will bond with the baby as well as their own genetically related child. One aspect of having a baby through a donor egg rather than adoption or surrogacy is that you’ll be able to experience pregnancy. Your baby will carry your partner’s genetics, and you will be nourishing this baby from the time it is a tiny embryo, which is one of the most significant and magical times of bonding with your child. The baby will be responding to your movements and communicating even without words. The bond you’ll feel as mother and child will be close and intangible. And the moment the baby is born? You will be nurturing and shaping his or her development for years to come, delighting in the way your child starts walking like you and talking like you.
Are you considering using a donor egg to have a baby? Schedule a consultation with a fertility specialist at the Alabama Center for Reproductive Medicine by clicking here today.