Guidelines on Egg, Sperm, and Embryo Donation
on Feb 16, 2013
by Alyssia Granger
The process of using donor eggs, sperm or embryos is growing in popularity these days, so it is important to understand the guidelines.
When it comes to donating eggs, sperm or embryos, there are a few guidelines to be aware of. The process of using donated eggs, sperm or embryos is growing in popularity these days, so it is important to understand the guidelines. Today we are going to try to go over these guidelines in plain English and make them a bit easier to understand, whether you are a donor or a recipient. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Donor sperm is usually used if a woman is wishing to get pregnant without a male partner or if the male partner has fertility issues and can not produce sperm on his own. Sperm donors are usually healthy males between the ages of 18 and 40, and it is desired that they already have established fertility to make sure that they are able to produce healthy sperm. Males who wish to donate sperm will have to undergo physical, mental and psychological evaluations before becoming a donor.
If you are wishing to use donor sperm to get pregnant, there are several qualifications that clinics are usually looking for in order to consider you a good candidate. Females without male partners will be considered, as well as female partners of males who have the following conditions: no measurable sperm in the semen, very low concentrations of sperm in the semen, significant male factor infertility, ejaculatory dysfunction, or males that have tested positive for transmittable diseases.
Women who have a history of failed IVF cycles, or who have an ovarian reserve diagnosis that might hurt their chances of IVF. Females who have a history of poor response to stimulation drugs, or women who are of advanced reproductive age can be good candidates for donor eggs. Women who have been diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, and also women who are carriers of genetic diseases or have a family history of genetic diseases are also considered good candidates to use donor eggs.
Women who are looking to donate eggs are usually expected to be between the ages of 21 and 34 and in good health. There is also a lot of education and preparation that must go into the process for both the egg donor and the egg recipient and all risks should be discussed before moving forward.
Many times during fertility treatments, a couple might end up with excess embryos that they choose not to use, for a variety of reasons. These couples can either choose to discard their embryos or donate them to other couples who can use them. Embryo donation requires extensive research and education to be done by all parties. Medical and genetic history of each gamete donor is required, and all parties must consent to all aspects. Also, embryo donors must sign papers relinquishing them from any liability to the child.
These are the basic things to remember when it comes to donation of sperm, eggs, and embryos. There are other guidelines that can apply to specific fertility clinics, depending on their policies and rules. If you have any other questions when going forward about the policies regarding egg, embryo and sperm donation, ask your doctor or health care professional for more information.
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.