Many couples who dream of becoming parents consider donating oocytes when they have tried to conceive for a long time and, after receiving a medical evaluation, discover that they cannot do so with their own oocytes.
Oocyte donation is a voluntary and altruistic act that gives many couples and women the opportunity to start a family when they cannot otherwise do so. The first pregnancy achieved through ovodonation occurred more than thirty years ago, and to date, thousands of babies have been born around the world thanks to this procedure.
The poor quality of the oocytes is one of the main reasons for resorting to donation, although the treatment also helps patients:
The procedure with donor eggs consists of an In Vitro fertilization cycle in which we use eggs from a donor woman instead of the patient’s eggs.
In the assisted reproduction clinic we surgically obtain the eggs from young, healthy women – generally between 21 and 35 years old – of reproductive age who give us their consent.
All our donors go through an extremely strict selection program that includes a personal interview to find out their medical history, gynecological examination and medical analysis to detect any genetic or chromosomal anomaly, thus avoiding the transfer of embryos with pathologies.
Subsequently, we assign a donor who has physical characteristics remarkably similar to the features of the recipient.
The donor receives a treatment based on pills or hormonal injections that stimulate ovulation. Normally, we make routine checks to detect it and perform a painless procedure to surgically extract the mature eggs. In In Vitro Fertilization, we inseminate the donated eggs with the couple’s sperm.
Five days later, we transfer a maximum of two embryos to the uterus to generate a pregnancy. If the procedure is successful, the embryo will attach to the lining of the uterus and become a healthy baby.
Successful oocytes donation depends on many factors, including the age of the donor, the patient’s recovery process, the quality of the sperm in the couple and the general health of the recipient woman.
As with other assisted reproduction processes, the couple should seek professional and specialized counseling to explore the emotional and physical concerns that arise before, during and after treatment.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with a specialist, at Citmer we offer our services as an assisted reproduction clinic. We invite you to meet and be part of our Donating Dreams program.