Future Hope After Infertility

Family means so many different things to different people. For some, it’s being gathered ‘round a table for a big meal; for others, it’s two men and a dog; for still more, it’s hearing stories from grandparents or having water fights with cousins. For many, family means creating offspring and showing them love – something many people can do without a second thought. For those experiencing infertility or requiring assisted reproductive technologies, such as older women, single parents, or same-sex couples, the process of making a family is quite complicated. Thankfully, modern medicine provides treatment options to assist families and offers future hope after infertility in these challenging circumstances.

One treatment option that may be considered is the use of frozen donor egg. Frozen donor eggs help create families for all kinds of people, regardless of their relationship status or sexual orientation. Generally, these families need the assistance of an egg donor – someone whose eggs are more viable – in order to create a pregnancy. Until recently, many people preferred to use fresh eggs in donor egg IVF. However, the new technology of egg vitrification has expanded these options, allowing for the use of donor eggs that have been frozen. Frozen eggs offer a new way to start a family, and clinics across America are reporting enormous success in healthy pregnancies.

Future Hope After Infertility

The Challenges and Emotions Involved

There are many hurdles and challenges associated with conception and pregnancy which can leave people feeling stressed and overwhelmed. When embarking on the journey of using an egg donor, people experience a variety of emotions. At first it may feel like a daunting process, but there are many qualified people to help you along the way. It is natural to feel nervous.

Hesitant about using frozen donor egg? Here are some compelling reasons to consider this option:

  • Faster process: Treatment can begin right away, as the recipient need not wait for the donor to undergo ovarian stimulation and produce mature eggs.
  • No need for the donor and recipient’s cycles to be in sync; eggs are ready to go as soon as you are.
  • More cost-efficient method.
  • Any complications involving the donor are resolved before the eggs are frozen.
  • Frozen eggs from the same donor can be used later for genetically similar siblings without going through a new cycle.


Choosing a Donor

Choosing a donor can be a nerve-wracking experience. Many people are shaken by the idea that their baby will not share their genetic make-up. This can be a difficult aspect to come to terms with – but ultimately, having a baby is a rewarding experience that fills many parents with joy and happiness. Many mothers, including Nancy Konigsberg, confirm that the excitement of carrying and giving birth to a child outweighs any negative feelings about not sharing DNA. Doctors will make sure to fully prepare you psychologically and emotionally for IVF treatment.

Egg donors are rigorously selected to make sure they have healthy eggs and a good medical history. It all begins with stimulation of the donor’s ovaries, enabling them to produce mature eggs ready for fertilization. These eggs are retrieved and donated to a facility where they are safely frozen for later use. This advancement in cryopreservation allows egg banks to house frozen eggs until hopeful parents are ready to choose their donor.


Preparation for Treatment

Frozen donor egg treatment is a medical procedure; as such, there diagnostic testing is required of the recipient before treatment commences to ensure optimal results.  These include investigation into the uterine cavity, a review of semen parameters for the male counterpart, and general health screenings. This part of the process may seem a bit scary, so it’s important to prepare for frequent visits to the clinic and to undergo several simple procedures before, during, and after the treatment itself.  

Once the treatment cycle is approved, medications begin to prepare the uterine cavity for embryo receptivity. The medications can be in oral, vaginal and/or injectable form. Taking these medications as prescribed is crucial for the success of the treatment cycle. You will visit your clinic often to monitor the treatment progress. The doses may be adjusted as needed; don’t worry if they are, as it simply means the clinical staff is tailoring the medications to your treatment needs.

Once your uterine lining looks appropriate, the eggs are warmed and fertilized in the lab, where they will grow anywhere from 3 to 6 days. Not all eggs fertilize and not all embryos continue to grow – this is normal. Of those that have matured appropriately, one or two are transferred into your uterine cavity and any remaining embryos can be cryopreserved (frozen) for future use. Medications continue until the pregnancy test occurs, usually two weeks after the eggs have been warmed. If pregnant, you will be advised to continue medications and, at some point in the early staged of pregnancy, your care will be transferred to your OB/GYN.


A Valid Choice for All Families

Overall, choosing frozen egg from a donor bank is an excellent option for those looking to cut down on the costs of an expensive treatment like IVF. It allows for a speedier process without legal or donor-related complications. Be prepared for some nerves, fear, and anxiety, but also for the most rewarding outcome a prospective parent could wish for: the news that you are expecting.

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