There Are Many Reasons a Woman Might Need an Egg Donor
If a couple cannot be helped through procedures such as in vitro fertilization, they may want to consider using donor eggs. Donor eggs — and sometimes donor embryos — allow an infertile woman to carry a child and give birth. You might be a candidate for donor eggs if you have any of these conditions:
- Premature ovarian failure, a condition in which menopause has started much earlier than usual, typically before age 40
- Diminished ovarian reserve, meaning that the eggs that you have are of low quality; this can often be caused by age, because fertility drops off steeply after 40.
- Genetically transmitted diseases that could be passed on to your child
- A previous history of failure with IVF, especially when your doctor thinks that the quality of your eggs may be the problem
The use of donor eggs is becoming more common, especially among women over 40. In 2010, about 11% of all assisted reproduction techniques used donor eggs. And the technique enjoys the highest success rate of all fertility procedures. In addition, women using fresh embryos (not frozen), have a 43.4% chance of getting pregnant in each cycle.
This story originally appeared on: http://www.webmd.com/infertility-and-reproduction/guide/donor-eggs-in-fertility-treatments