Most Common Reasons Couples Turn to Egg Donation

Are you thinking of donating your eggs? Good news: There’s never been a better time to get involved in egg donation.

As technology advances, more and more couples are turning to egg donation as an alternative

way to build their families.

But why is egg donation needed? Who can benefit from egg donation?

To answer those questions, let’s take a closer look into the most common reasons couples turn to egg donation.

Why Egg Donation is Biology 101

In a perfect world, every couple who wanted to have a baby would be able to do so. But unfortunately, some couples need help growing their families.

Let’s go back to the basics. To make a baby, we need both an egg and a sperm. If one of those components is missing, it’s impossible to make a baby. If a couple can’t produce a viable egg on their own, they must rely on an egg donor to give them an egg.

Male Couples Having Families of Their Own

With same-sex relationships become more and more commonplace (it’s about time), gay male couples are looking for ways to have families together. 

The path to fatherhood can be long and complicated. Some gay couples may try to adopt, but find they still face discrimination from adoption agencies. And while we think adopting is great, it doesn’t allow the baby to be biologically related to the parents. 

For gay male couples who want to pass their genes to their children, egg donation is the only option. 

We can take sperm from both fathers and fertilize several eggs from an egg donor. Then when the time is right, a surrogate mother will carry the baby to full-term. At the end of this process, the intended fathers will have the beautiful family they had previously only dreamed of.

The Role that Infertility Plays in Egg Donations

Five million people of childbearing age, or one in 10 couples, deals with infertility. And that’s just in the United States alone. There are many reasons why couples experience infertility. Often, there’s no clear cut answer as to why a couple can’t get pregnant on their own. 

The decision to use an egg donor isn’t an easy decision for couples. This usually comes after years of trying and years of disappointment. By the time we meet with some couples, they have suffered many miscarriages and negative pregnancy tests.

Whatever the reason, we’re proud to offer these couples hope after so many frustrating years.

How Does the Mother’s Age Factor in Egg Donations?

As women age, their fertility decreases. In fact, by the time a woman is 35, the chances of her conceiving have dropped considerably. And even if she does get pregnant in her late thirties or early forties, older eggs have a higher rate of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities.

Trust us; we’re not trying to put pressure on any woman to have children when she’s not ready. We think it’s important for women to have careers and fulfill their dreams before having children. We also know that many individuals don’t find their true love until later in life. 

We’re just here to tell you that if you are older, you still have options. If you’re worried about the age and the condition of your eggs, egg donation may be a perfect solution for you.

The Role that Ovarian Conditions Play in Egg Donations

It’s rare, but some women suffer from Premature Ovarian Failure. This condition is when the ovaries stop working sooner than expected. When this happens, the woman will no longer be able to provide viable eggs. 

Another way that ovaries can be affected is if the woman has had cancer. Harsh treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can seriously damage the ovaries and other reproductive organs. This may leave the mother infertile, and her only hope of having a child would be through egg donation.

How Genetic Disorders Impact Egg Donations

In some cases, a woman may have a genetic disorder that could be passed down to the baby. These disorders could cause non-viable embryos, miscarriages, and even devastating congenital disabilities. To avoid these risks, a woman may decide to use an egg donor instead of her own eggs. 

Examples of these disorders include:

  • Cystic FibrosisSickle Cell Anemia

  • Marfan Syndrome

  • Fragile X Syndrome

  • Huntington’s Disease

  • Hemochromatosis

We Offer Hope to Couples

Our goal at Elevate Egg Donors and Surrogates is to offer hope and alternative solutions for anybody who wants to build a family. 

Using an egg donor leads to the highest success rate of all fertility procedures. So come be a part of this great work. Whether you’re a woman who wants to help others through egg donation or you are a couple looking to finally get the baby you want — we’re here to help.

To learn more, contact the Elevate Egg Donors and Surrogates. To become an egg donor, fill out our online application.


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