An Introduction to Utilizing a Donor Egg
Utilizing a donor egg is a family planning option by which eggs from a donor are combined with sperm (either from the recipient’s partner or a sperm donor) to create embryos, and then transferred to the recipient. The donor can be known or unknown to the recipient. This option may be used when there is a low chance of the recipient getting pregnant using her own eggs, or to reduce the chance of passing on the genetic condition the patient is trying to avoid.
Some things to consider when using this option is that there are varying odds of success, the potential for medical complications, as well as psychological implications. In the United States, using an egg donor can cost anywhere between $10,000-$40,000 or more, depending on the donor and how many eggs and embryo transfers are required to successfully achieve pregnancy. In countries with nationalized healthcare, such as the United Kingdom, utilizing a donor egg may be covered.
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