What Are The Pros And Cons Of Egg Donation?

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What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Egg Donation?

Pros

1. The sperm is obtained from your partner so the child is biologically his.

2. As the pregnancy will happen in your body, this gives you the chance to control important lifestyle factors which affect the baby’s development such as diet, smoking and drinking. You do not have this control with either adoption or surrogacy.

3. You experience the benefits of being pregnant and all the maternal feelings associated with it.

4. You will be able to breastfeed your child, aiding the natural bonding process.

5. Egg donation remains the best option for women over 40 who have not responded to infertility treatment such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF); as well as those with a basal FSH hormone level over 15. If you'd like to know more, read about how does egg donation work?

6. In most countries legal contracts can be written that remove all parental rights of the donor. Once the child is born the adoption process is not necessary. This is less straight forward with surrogacy.

Cons

1. The child will not have any biological connection to the mother.

2. The average cost of one egg donation cycle (also called IVF cycle) is between $25,000 and $30,000, and there are no guarantees that you will become pregnant. If you don't, you will need to repeat the process. The only advantage is, you will hopefully have received more eggs than you needed from your donor in the first cycle, so you will not need to pay egg donor fees for the next cycle. Read more about what is the cost of egg donation?

3. Unlike donor sperm, you don't know what you are getting in advance. The woman who donates her eggs will undergo fertility treatment to boost her production of eggs before they are harvested. But you won't know how many eggs you receive or what the quality of those eggs is like until a few days before the transfer into your womb. If your donor doesn't produce a good batch of eggs, most clinics will have some rules covering this eventuality (what is an egg donation clinic?). Although you won't necessarily have to pay all the costs, you will still be liable for yours and the donor’s blood tests, medications and ultrasounds.

4. In some countries (the United Kingdom for example), egg and sperm donation is no longer anonymous, which means that any children born as a result of egg or sperm donation have the right when they turn 18 to find out who their biological parent is. This has led to rapid decline in donations in the United Kingdom as many donors naturally do not want this connection. In the United States, the anonymity of the donor is still protected. However you need to ask yourself, what if the law changes in the future. How will I feel?

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