Have you made the decision to go for an IVF through egg donation? Choosing an egg donor is a process in itself and may take weeks until you make a choice. An egg donor has to go through a lot of screenings before they can donate eggs, but there might be a few important aspects that you may want to consider as parents too. Here are a few important things you might want to take into account before selecting your egg donor.
What is Egg Donation?
The process of gestational surrogacy involves planting the embryo using the egg and sperm from intended parents into the surrogate mother. Sometimes, due to medical conditions, the intended mother is unable to provide the eggs and the eggs have to be donated by a donor or the surrogate mother herself. So, if you are going for egg donation, you will have important things to consider before you select an egg donor, as she will be genetically linked to your baby.
Do you know anyone among family or friends who would donate their eggs for you?
It is always safe to consider a family member as an egg donor. That way, the baby will be of the same appearance and background. If you decide to go outside the family, you will have to look for a donor with a similar background to yours, similar appearance, eye color, race etc. We can provide you with donor database and then it will completely be the decision of the intended parents as to which donor they want to go with.
Medical History of the donor
For your child’s healthy future, you have to make sure you conduct all medical tests of the donor. Medical history will play a major role in your child’s well-being. Tests like HIV and genetic disorders are a must have. Take into account how the donors medical history in combination with your partners can affect the child. You would also want to consider the blood type of the donor. Another important screening to do is look for habits like smoking, alcoholism, drugs etc. before your egg donation process.
Intelligence and personality tests?
You can look for a certain IQ level in your egg donor if you want your child to be of a certain intelligence. Obviously, nothing is guaranteed, but there’s no harm in trying if you have the means and options. You might also take into account few personality traits that are a sure ‘no’ for you, for example, stubborn, wrong attitude, distracted, messy etc.
To sum to all up, surrogates is a tiresome process as the donor has to undergo treatments and tests. The medications provided during the fertility cycle can cause headaches, mood swings etc. So when you pick an egg donor, they need to be willing to undergo the treatments and have to truly commit to the time-consuming process.