Qualitative eggs influence the successful implantation with surrogacy or IVF. There are certain factors to consider while considering egg donation for Intended Parents for the best results.

Surrogacy and IVF have made the process of conceiving a bit easier for infertile couples and hopeful individuals. Today, a lot of individuals consider surrogacy to commence a family because it offers high success rates compared to other fertility treatments. One of the major factors influencing the success rate is qualitative eggs. But, what is an egg donation? and what is the process of egg donation for Intended Parents?This is the common doubt every individual has!

Couples or Intended Mothers with poor egg quality are advised to look for egg donors. Fertile or stimulated eggs help to form embryos and get successful implantation. Although finding an appropriate egg donor is a nerve-racking procedure for some Intended Parents, consulting a fertility clinic or a surrogacy agency like Global Star Surrogacy will make your journey much easier and more complex-free.

What are the requirements for egg donation?

There are certain egg donation pros and cons, hence it is essential to consider a few criteria when you select an egg donor, in order to avoid unwanted complications. Several factors can influence the woman’s ability to donate eggs, they reflect the likelihood of a confirmed pregnancy and reduce the risk of abnormalities with pregnancy and your child. Factors include:

  • Your egg donor must be between 21-35 years of age. Women in this age range are more likely to respond well to fertility drugs and tend to produce fertile eggs due to their reproductive age.
  • She must be free from infections like HIV, and Hepatitis C and should not have genetic diseases, specifically the ones that carry cystic fibrosis genes.
  • Also, look for her medical history and check her background with family details in terms of medical condition to check whether there is any chance of transmitting genetic disease to your child.
  • Also, check whether she has any experience with donating eggs.

What is the legal process or criteria for egg donors?

The laws regarding egg donation process and regulations for egg donors vary in each country. The countries where commercial surrogacy is permitted, allow donors to receive monetary compensation for donating eggs. Also, they permit selecting anonymous donors.

Whereas, in the countries where only Altruistic surrogacy is legalized, known donors are allowed to donate egg or sperm and financial compensation for the same is prohibited. Although, it is always advised to look for a state that permits commercial and gestational surrogacy otherwise Intended Parents can face complications with donors.

We, at Global Star Surrogacy, assist IPs with providing surrogacy programs worldwide, hence giving you more options that are legally safe and ensure good results. Also, fertility clinics will ask donors to sign a contract before commencing with the process to assure donors do not have any legal rights or responsibilities towards the embryos created or the child.

Although, the woman who delivers the child i.e surrogate mother won’t have any genetic link with the child. But in most countries, once the child is born she will be considered a birth mother on the baby’s birth certificate, and the Intended Parents will have to apply in court in order to change the parent’s name.

What does the process of donating eggs look like?

The process of egg donation process begins with looking at an egg donor’s medical and fertility condition. After all, your child will carry her DNA hence it is essential to ensure she is perfectly fit and has qualitative eggs.

The process involves forming the embryos before that donor will be called to a fertility clinic to perform a screening test and once she has passed the test she undergoes a certain fertility (ovarian stimulation) treatment to make her eggs ready for fertilization. After a span of 14 days, her eggs are extracted and then mixed with the sperm sample of the Intended Father or sperm donor.

Furthermore, using the IVF procedure specialists form an embryo in a laboratory, and it is kept for observation for a few days. Once we get a green signal, we place it into the Intended Mother or surrogate’s womb. And then surrogate mother or Intended Mother can carry forward with the pregnancy.

What are the requirements for egg donation?
This is the common concern among Intended Parents, you don’t worry a fertility clinic or surrogacy ensures to check few factors before they begin the process of egg donation, it include:

Physical screening of an egg donor

Be it any surrogacy program, we at Global Star Surrogacy ensure that prospective egg donors go through a rigorous physical assessment to avoid any risk factors and increase the chances of successful implantation.

What does the physical screening with Global Star Surrogacy look like?

It involves several steps, including

  • Egg donation application, by an experienced donor.
    We take interviews with prospective donors.
  • Physical examination – like performing blood tests and fertility tests to check the quality of eggs.
  • Drug test.
  • Ultrasound to check the reproductive organs.
  • Determining the physical and psychological history of donors.
  • Performing screening tests to determine the chance of genetic or infectious disease.

Psychological screening of an egg donor

Along with the physical screening, performing psychological tests is important as well. But how is a psychological test relatable to an egg donor?

Donating an egg donor can be an overwhelming process, we need to ensure whether a woman is emotionally ready to donate her eggs and is well conversant with the emotional challenges she might face.

We begin by conducting a session with a mental health professional and understand the egg donor’s state of mind furthermore she is educated about the process.

Factors to be considered while selecting an egg donor

After determining what is an egg donation? Now it’s time to understand how to select an egg donor. The process can be frustrating but you don’t need to worry, consulting a surrogacy agency can solve your concern. Profound agencies like Global Star Surrogacy assist you to find the right match and shortlist the best perspective among many with their network and database worldwide.

Although, as Intended Parents, there are certain egg donation pros and cons that you should understand while selecting your egg donor. Hence, we have listed a few Do’s and Don’ts that you must follow when you select your ideal donor.

Do: Consider what is vital for you.

When you consider surrogacy to conceive a baby, the egg donation process would be one of the vital processes in order to ensure the successful implantation of your gestational carrier. While you begin looking for the right egg donor match, ensure that you know already what traits you would want in her, as your child will carry her DNA.

When you shortlist donors, make sure you sit with her physically or connect via video call and communicate to understand her behaviour and certain characteristics that you’re looking for.

Do: Approach a proficient and renowned surrogacy agency

Selecting an egg donor is a huge decision as it can be a life-changing process for Intended Parents. And, choosing one can be long-drawn and tedious work if IPs choose to undergo this journey by themselves. Instead, it is always recommended to approach a well-known surrogacy agency, they will guide you and help you connect with the best and most experienced donors through their network.

By performing screening tests and looking for various criteria and background checks a surrogacy agency will ensure that she is a perfect match for you. Global Star Surrogacy understands the Intended Parent’s expectation of physical and emotional traits with egg donors.

Surrogacy worldwide gives an opportunity to begin a family. Depending on your medical condition, we consult a suitable donor from our worldwide network to assure you positive results.

Do: Have realistic expectations

Egg donation is a long-drawn process, although a surrogacy agency will strive to give you a complex-free experience. Yet, the procedure is a human experience, and fertility clinics, surrogacy agencies or egg donors can make mistakes so be ready for any inconvenience in your journey.

Also, while you select your egg donor to keep realistic expectations, you cannot get 100s of traits in one human being. Prioritize the main characteristics and features that truly matter to you and accordingly start shortlisting the prospective donors.

Do: Follow the advice of doctors, and IVF specialists for the ideal age of the donor

The fertility of the reproductive age of a woman matters in order to conceive successfully. As per experts’ recommendation, an egg donor must be between 21-35 years of age as the quality of eggs are good and she can respond well to fertility medications and treatment. With this age range, you are more likely to receive a healthy baby.

Do: Take advice from experts and specialists

When you seek a fertility clinic or a surrogacy agency, you won’t only get good egg donors but thorough guidance and support in your journey. You alone cannot handle everything altogether, a successful process of egg donation requires legal matters, a contract between a donor and Intended Parents, screening of egg donors, following the protocols, and many more.

Having someone to guide will always be a plus point in your surrogacy journey. In case of any sudden complications, you have their constant support and solve the situation with their expertise.

Do: Stay selective

We know you have already searched hundreds of prospective donors but yet you haven’t found one, be patient and keep your search going on. The process can be long-drawn and it can seem frustrating, annoying, and at times impossible to achieve. But, remember the process will be worth waiting for. Be selective and choosy and look for every detail that matters to you because at the end of the day it will affect your child and family.

The ultimate goal while the selection process of egg donors must be looking for the genetic traits that you want your child to have. Being selective and keeping unrealistic expectations has a difference, once you know that you will find your ideal egg donor very soon.

Traits like hair, educational background, behavioural aspects, and many more characteristics are usually preferred by many Intended Parents. It is recommended to look after a few physical traits like skin, and the colour of the eye (if it matters to you) along with medical and fertility criteria.

Don’t: Agree with any IVF procedure until you are ready

It’s essential to take your time to understand the process of egg donation and select the appropriate donor. Rushing with the journey won’t help you anywhere. We understand becoming parents via egg donation can be overwhelming but ,you will simply end up getting yourself in the loop of IVF complications.

Don’t: Ignore the research stage

Approaching the right surrogacy agency is the best decision you can take but it is essential to do your research. Reach out to as many fertility clinics and surrogacy agencies as possible. Understand the process of conceiving, evaluate the process, cost and as per convenience take your further step.

Also, seeking advice from someone who has chosen a surrogacy method to conceive can help you analyze all alternatives. The Internet alone cannot help you, there are social networking sites where people share their experiences, and you can connect with them and meet to discuss their journey.

Don’t: Ask for a long list of egg donor criteria

Having a criterion for your egg donor is a must but asking for a long list or checklist may worsen the situation, meanwhile having a narrow or short list with more customized criteria may help you select the donor quickly.

Don’t : Belief in myths
There are a lot of myths flooding the internet about becoming parents via egg donation, surrogacy and IVF. Please do not believe in these myths, instead consult a doctor or IVF specialist and clear out your concerns.

Don’t: Wait too long to start with the process

Although, it is recommended to take your time in order to select your ideal donor. But do not take forever to start the IVF procedure, keep in mind that the entire surrogacy process takes time due to a lot of factors so try to not delay the egg donation procedure.

In case you are not ready for the process, you can choose to freeze embryos and keep them saved for future use.

Bottom Line

Surrogacy with egg donation allows you to conceive everyone, whether you are heterosexual couples, gay couple, or hopeful individuals you can fulfill your dream of becoming a parent. A qualitative egg will impact a successful surrogacy program.

Just determine all the factors, we discussed above and you can easily move forward with your surrogacy or IVF journey.