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About Egg Donation

Posted Wednesday, December 28, 2011 2:11 PM

Information About Egg DonationFor women who are having problems conceiving a child on their own, egg donation is a great option that will allow them to have a child of their own. If you are having problems with fertility then you might be interested in learning more about this process. It is fairly complicated and there are some significant costs involved, but for women who want a child, these costs are well worth it. In some cases it may even be possible to have a friend or a relative as the egg donor. This can significantly reduce the cost.

Egg Donor Classifications

Many types of people choose to help with egg donation. The first type of egg donor is known as an IVF donor. These are people who undergo in vitro fertilization and have eggs left over from the process. These eggs are then donated to someone who needs them. The second type of egg donor is known as an undesignated egg donor. These are people who donate their eggs anonymously to people who are in need. In many cases there is a payment involved. Finally there are designated egg donors. These are friends or relatives of the person in need of the egg.

Requirements of an Egg Donor

People who participate in egg donation must undergo rigorous testing, background checks and legal paperwork before they are allowed to donate their eggs. Most clinics will require their donors to be a certain age as well. The typical age range is between 21 and 30 years of age. It is important that the donor have no medical problems to ensure the health of the children that result from the process. There is extensive testing to make sure the donor is in good health. In some cases a degree or background that includes higher education may help.

How Egg Donation Works

The first step in the egg donation process is the administration of birth control. After this there are a series of injections that temporarily halt the normal process of the ovaries. Once this step is complete, there are hormones given to stimulate the growth of eggs in the ovaries. It takes more than one egg for the process to be successful and the hormones endure this. Finally once the eggs have matured they are harvested. This is done by inserting a needle through the cervix and into the ovaries. The needle then removes the eggs from the follicles.

Costs Involved

For the person who needs an egg, the cost can be substantial. Yu have to take into consideration that there is often a fee paid to the donor this in itself can cost up to 10,000 dollars. Also consider that in vitro fertilization of the egg can be expected to cost between 10 and 15000 dollars. These prices can vary based on geographical location and the clinic used. To get an accurate cost, consult with a fertility clinic. They will be able to provide you with accurate and up to date information on the cost of egg donation.

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