Reproductive Endocrine Assoc. Assisted Reproduction Q & A

Why is egg donation and surrogacy necessary?

We now know that as a woman enters her 40s the success rates of in vitro fertilization do tend to decrease. If the hormone profile suggests that success with IVF is unlikely, or if the woman has undergone a premature menopausal state, we offer the possibility of utilizing an egg donor. Remarkably, simple hormonal treatments can allow the woman's womb to safely carry the donated egg which has been fertilized with her husband's sperm. Pregnancy rates correspond to the rates of the younger women who have donated their eggs. We offer interested couples a listing of anonymous egg donors to chose from, or one may choose from among several agencies that specialize in matching a couple to a suitable donor.

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