Selecting the Right Egg Donor

by | February 18th, 2014

14806728_sStatistics show that one in seven couples will experience infertility. In cases in which female infertility causes the problem, Dr. James Douglas will perform a complete fertility evaluation to determine the issue that may be impacting the ability to conceive. When maternal age, low ovarian reserve or egg quality are creating problems, he may suggest donor eggs to increase the odds for a successful pregnancy.

If you decide to use donor eggs, getting started can seem overwhelming. Dr. Douglas has provided these tips to help with the process:

Make peace with the decision to use an egg donor

Often, patients experience a sense of disappointment that creating their families will have to take a less traditional path. Give yourself time to adjust your thinking, and accept that the end result will be the healthy baby you desire.

Evaluate your options

Once you decide to use donor eggs, you and your partner need to determine whether or not you want to choose a known donor or go through an agency to find an anonymous egg donor. Evaluate the pros and cons of both scenarios so that you can make an informed decision. To ensure patient safety and optimal results, Dr. Douglas only utilizes reputable egg donation agencies that adhere to FDA and ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) requirements.

Consider what matters most

Choosing an egg donor is a very personal decision. You and your partner need to discuss the characteristics you want in an egg donor. Traits such as height, weight, education, personality and overall health can impact who you choose. Taking the time to think about what ranks as highest in your book will help expedite the selection process.
Set realistic expectations

The one perfect egg donor does not exist. Reviewing the potential candidates and then trusting your gut instincts will usually result in the most successful match.

While the egg donation process can seem overwhelming, Dr. Douglas and our team will walk with you every step of the way, explaining the steps and answering any questions that arise as you take another step closer to parenthood.
For more information about infertility treatment options, including donor eggs, contact our Plano fertility clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Douglas.

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