Egg Donation

Egg Donation – A Highly Successful Fertility Treatment Option

This information is provided by New York Fertility Services which offers egg donation services.  It is important to note that we do not have a cut off age or FSH number for egg donation.  We recognize that this is a very personal decision and Dr. Batzofin will work with you so you can determine together if you are ready for this course of treatment.  If you need one more cycle with your own eggs before going to Egg Donation, NYFS will allow you that chance.

pregnancy_test_positiveNYFS offers shared donor cycles to help more patients be able to afford this treatment.  Contact Teresa Randolph at 212-679-2289 or email at trandolph@nyfsb.com for more information.

Further information regarding the decision to use egg donation can be found in another article on this website.  For information on terms, a glossary can be found in the New York Fertility Services Patient Center.

For an ever-increasing number of women who are trying to conceive, disease and/or the onset of ovarian aging precludes producing eggs that can be fertilized and thereby preventing them from achieving a pregnancy with their own eggs. Since the vast majority of such women are otherwise quite healthy and physically capable of bearing a child, ovum donation (OD) provides them with a realistic opportunity of going from infertility to parenthood.  The first successful reported cases of egg donation in humans occurred in the 1980’s, some 100 years after the first successful reported cases of sperm donation.

It has long been appreciated by reproductive specialists, that success from treatments using IVF, is more dependent on egg quality than any other single factor. Ovum donation is associated with definite benefits. Firstly, in many instances, more eggs are retrieved from a young donor than would ordinarily be needed to complete a single attempt at achieving an IVF pregnancy. As a result, there are often supernumerary or left over embryos for cryopreservation and storage. Secondly, since eggs derived from a young woman are less likely than their older counterparts to produce aneuploidic (chromosomally abnormal embryos), the risk of miscarriage and birth defects such as Down’s Syndrome is considerably reduced.

Moral and Ethical Considerations of Egg Donation.

The moral-ethical and religious implications of ovum donation are diverse and have a profound effect on cultural acceptance of this process.  The widely held view that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and has the right to have such opinions respected, governs much of the attitude towards this process in the United States.  The extreme views on each end of the spectrum hold the gentle central swing of the pendulum in place.

How Old is Too Old for Egg Donation?

When is a woman too old to be a mother?  Does the fact that women, who already outlive men, now attain an average life span of over 80 years of age entitle them to expand the limits of their reproductive performance?  How does one rate the potential benefit of maturity, financial stability and stability, all tempered by age have on child rearing against the influence of youth with it s clear physical and temporal advantages but which carries with it the ills of less stability maturity, wisdom, experience and perhaps long term commitment to family.  Does the sharing of exposure to youthful physical endeavors with youthful parents outweigh the potential benefits of exposure to greater intellectual stimulation which is more likely to occur with more mature parents, albeit for a potentially shorter period of time? These are some of the questions that come up in considering the justification and merits associated with parenting at an older age. Each person is unique and these issues must be addressed in a responsible manner with careful consideration being given to all factors.  Just because science can do something, does not always mean that it should.  However, fortunately we live in a society where the rights and wishes of individuals are given a very high priority.

The Future:

Without question, the future of this aspect of Reproductive Medicine will change, as egg freezing becomes more successful and more widely used.  Presently, egg freezing and egg banking is rapidly becoming clinically useful. Couples can utilize egg banks to provide and buy a vial of frozen eggs, in much the same way that couples presently acquire  vials of frozen sperm from sperm banks.  As this becomes the norm, the entire practice of egg donation will undergo major changes.