Today, egg donation clinic and surrogacy is no longer something extraordinary. Therefore, most couples who cannot conceive on their own are well aware of the opportunity to take advantage of the services that fertility clinics offer. However, there are important surrogacy facts and statistics, which people often overlook.
Do you want to conceive/surrogate a baby with the aid of egg donors but are not sure what is needed for this? Find out about the most important and necessary facts for every egg donor and family who wish to employ their services!
1. Not every woman can become an egg donor
Our list of less obvious facts about surrogacy begins with the assertion that becoming a donor for an egg donation agency is not so simple. In addition to the consent to donate eggs or to become a mother of a genetically alien child, a number of medical tests must first be conducted at centers of assisted reproductive technologies (such as New Life) that would clearly establish the general picture of the donor’s physical and mental health:
- Genetic examination;
- Psychiatrist’s review;
- Therapist examination;
- Ultrasound of the pelvic organs and mammaries;
- Blood tests: detailed clinical and biochemistry;
- Determination of antibodies to HIV, as well as hepatitis B and C viruses;
- Examination and conclusion of a gynecologist.
2. Before the donation procedure, a woman must undergo a course of medications that stimulate the egg growth
The egg donation procedure is always preceded by a course of hormonal treatment that provokes hyperovulation – a biological process in the female body, in which, instead of naturally occurring ovulation resulting in the maturation of a single egg, several of them develop. This is necessary so that laboratory specialists can inseminate several eggs at once and get several embryos. Ultimately, among these, the most healthy embryo is chosen (unless it is a question of a woman going to bear twins, triplets, etc.).
Despite the fact that during this period a female donor may feel some physical and emotional discomfort due to the intake of elevated doses of gonadotropic hormones, her condition is constantly monitored by experienced physicians.
Nevertheless, due to this reason, if the same woman decides to donate her eggs again, the next procedure can be carried out no earlier than six months after the previous one.
3. Usage of donor biological materials for the in vitro fertilization is illegal in some countries
Among other surrogate facts is that there are countries where donor surrogacy is disapproved by the legislature.
Supportive laws are one of the major reasons why Ukraine, Russia, Greece, some US states, India and Mexico are the most popular destinations for offshore assisted reproductive technologies. Even among these, there are countries that do not provide the required level of future parents’ rights. If we talk about the optimal ratio of price and quality, the leading position belongs to Ukrainian reproductive medicine centers.
4. Egg donor services are quite costly
If you really want to know all about surrogacy, you should keep in mind egg donors receive quite a good monetary reward for their biological material (in some medical centers, the fee may reach $1,000 per egg).
In addition, an egg donation assumes a comprehensive examination in a really good medical institution, under the supervision of highly qualified doctors, which can cost a fortune by itself.
5. Surrogate children, even those conceived using the donor material, are no different from ordinary
Last but not least among our surrogacy facts is that children born as a result of IVF, surrogacy or conceived from donated material do not differ from those conceived in more traditional ways. Long-term observations show that their development, growth, and learning capacity are equal to their peers born in the traditional way.
According to statistics, approximately 3% of surrogate mothers grow too attached to a baby they carry and refuse to give them up after birth or try to steal them later. Moreover, there are cases when future parents refused to accept the child or fulfill the agreed conditions.
A good way to protect against the possibility of such incidents is the conclusion of a notarized contract. Thus, every advanced egg donation clinic such as New Life has a whole staff of qualified lawyers to resolve such issues, and each future surrogate mother signs a very detailed and specific contract.