Egg (Ocyte) Donation

If you are older, especially if you’re over 42, and have not succeeded with other therapies, or if you have premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as early menopause, your treatment options are limited. Egg donation, which involves the use of eggs donated by another woman who is typically in her 20s or early 30s, is highly successful. The high success rate with egg donation confirms that egg quality associated with age is the primary barrier to pregnancy in older women. If you are over 40, your chance of successful pregnancy is much higher in IVF cycles using donor eggsBy age 43, the chance of becoming pregnant through IVF is less than 5%, and by age 45, use of donor eggs is the only reasonable alternative.

In an egg donation cycle, the woman receiving the donated eggs is referred to as the “recipient.” The egg donor receives fertility medications to stimulate the production of multiple eggs in her ovaries. At the same time, the egg recipient is given hormone therapy to prepare her uterus to receive the fertilized eggs (embryos). After the eggs are obtained from the donor, they are fertilized in the laboratory with sperm from the recipient’s partner. Several days after fertilization, the embryos are transferred to the recipient’s uterus. Any embryos that are not transferred may be frozen (cryopreserved) for a future cycle.

Donor-egg IVF offers a woman an opportunity to experience pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. The child, however, will not be genetically related to her but will be genetically related to the father and the egg donor. Many programs recommend counseling so that all parties in a donor-egg agreement understand the ethical, legal, psychological, and social issues involved. Because success depends heavily upon the quality of eggs that are donated, women in their 20s with proven fertility are ideal donors

Through continuing advances in reproductive medicine, the estimated 10 to 15% of couples who are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy have a number of new options.Some of these options involve a third person in the pregnancy process- a healthy, young woman who is willing and able to provide special help so that a couple may become a family. One such way is through egg donation.

Padmaja clinic provides egg donation services for women who are unable to conceive using their own eggs, where the donor and the recipient are known to each other or If you are unable to find your own donor, we can arrange an egg donar for you.

Who can be an egg donor?
Ideally, donors should be aged between 25 and 38, and have completed their own family. the donor, should be prepared to discuss the medical history, and provide details about lifestyle and physical descriptions with one of our fertility specialists.

Before proceeding with donation, all potential egg donors will have screening blood tests and complete a Genetic and Medical Health Questionnaire. If this indicates a family history of genetic conditions, a clinical geneticist assesses the donor’s suitability.

Can egg donation help me?
Couples may consider using donated eggs if they are unable to use own eggs, for example :

  • if there is premature menopause
  • if there is a risk of passing on genetic disease
  • if ovaries have been affected by chemotherapy or serious illness, or
  • if prev IVF treatment but repeated cycles have indicated poor egg quality
  • The success rate using donor egg treatment is directly related to the age of the donor, and the number and quality of donated eggs.
  • The egg donation process

1. Donar counselling
After an initial consultation with your fertility specialist, the donor will then undergo the required medical check-up’s.

2.Donarivf cycle
Being an egg donor involves going through an IVF cycle to have the eggs collected. The IVF-treatment is co-ordinated to synchronise the recipient and donor cycles. This allows the eggs to be collected from the donor and transferred to the recipient at the best possible time.

The managing Fertility Specialist will monitor the donor as she undergoes vaginal ultrasounds and blood tests to determine when to collect the eggs. The egg collection procedure is usually performed under a light sedation or general anaesthetic in our hospital.At the time of egg collection, the sperm is collected and the eggs are fertilised in the laboratory. Three to five days after the egg collection, one of the resulting embryos is transferred into the recipient and any other viable embryos are frozen for potential future transfer. After two weeks, a pregnancy test is carried out.