Deciding on Donor Services

by | October 16th, 2012

If you needed blood, or even a heart or kidney, would you hesitate to turn to a donor for help? Dr. James Douglas with IVF Plano advises couples and individuals to consider donor egg, sperm and embryos in the same way. For certain infertility diagnoses, donor services can provide the sole alternative to adoption or child-free living.

When to consider donor eggs, sperm or embryos

Fertility doctors like Dr. Douglas can help you weigh the pros and cons of donor services, and decide whether reproductive materials (gametes) can help you bridge the gap between infertility and a family.

Donor eggs, or oocytes, are often recommended for women without ovaries, or women with poor egg quality; women over age 35 with diminished ovarian reserve, or those in premature ovarian failure. Donor eggs are used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Donor sperm is an option for men diagnosed with poor sperm quality.

Donor embryos represent a relatively new horizon in advanced reproductive technologies as an option for couples that cannot afford to pursue IVF.

 Are donor services right for me?

The decision to pursue donor services can be difficult, but there are situations where it is the only viable option. Dr. Douglas may recommend using donor sperm or donor eggs in the following scenarios:

  • Couples with repeated failed IVF cycles
  • Couples that don’t respond well to fertility medications
  • Same-sex couples
  • Couples with known genetic diseases

Donor gametes provide a ‘plan B’ for infertile couples, replacing despair with hope. Statistically, donor eggs greatly improve the chances for success in infertility treatment. In fact, Dr. Douglas and IVF Plano report a 67 percent live pregnancy rate using donor eggs.

The IVF Plano fertility center has extensive experience in working with reputable donor agencies, and can help you evaluate your options. Contact us to learn more about donor services appropriate for your unique situation or infertility diagnosis.


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