Egg donation is a process in which a fertile woman donates an egg, or oocyte, to another woman to help her conceive. It is a part of assisted reproductive technology.
The procedure involves a doctor removing an egg or eggs from the donor, fertilizing them in a laboratory, and then transferring the resulting embryos into the recipient’s uterus. Doctors do this using an implantation procedure, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Sometimes, specialists at the facility may freeze some or all of the embryos for later use or implantation in different women.
Before starting the procedure, most donors will need to take medication that stops their normal menstrual cycle.
Side effects of this medication might include:
Women may not be eligible to donate if they face a high risk of exposure to HIV or other infections. Equally, an individual may not be able to donate eggs if they cannot provide a detailed family medical history.
Although the woman who receives the egg will not be a genetic relation of the child, legal documents will record her as the birth mother.
Would you donate your eggs for a good cause? Let us know in the comments below!