My Fertility Query
Do I need egg or sperm donor?
As one of our patient said to his wife, “Do you want your genetic child or a family, is only her to make a decision?”. When couples have tried so hard to build a family all to no avail, they could be overwhelmed and emotionally bankrupt from that experience together with the money spent in the process. Still, all hope is not lost, you have the options of using either a donor or a surrogate. Most times, people often have this mental picture in their head that mother’s egg+father’s sperm=baby. While this may be correct in some cases, in others it may not be as some women may not be able to carry a healthy pregnancy to full term. In such a case, gamete donor or surrogate may be an option. However, choosing which one is right for you entails that you have a thorough understanding of the situation together with relevant advice and diagnosis from best doctors.
This is the perfect option for women whose eggs are not viable/healthy enough or whose fertility diagnosis may indicate she has no egg available. This procedure involves joining the father’s sperm together with the donor’s egg from which the resulting embryo are being transplanted. The success rate of this method is similar to those of IVF treatment. Nowadays the use of donor eggs is becoming very common to treat infertility in women, especially among women over 40 years.
This is common among the males whose sperm counts are low or non-existent. This procedure involves extracting viable sperm from a sample. Fortunately, if sperm is non-existent, then your best option is to settle for a donor sperm which can be infused with the mother’s egg to induce pregnancy. Again sperm donation is a common phenomenon today, to such a point that we now hear of sperm banks who are willing to sell healthy sperm to couples struggling to conceive.
Surrogacy is often sought out when pregnancy becomes medically impossible.
Gestational surrogacy: or host surrogacy is when IVF is used, either with the eggs of the intended mother or with donor eggs. A gestational surrogate then carries the embryo to deliver a child after 9 months.