If you are thinking about becoming an egg donor to help an infertile couple become parents, you may want to know the reasons why some people choose to become donors. Just why are egg donations in such high demand? Before you make the decision to donate your eggs in California, it is important to know why recipients need donor eggs – and why your egg donation could help make their dreams of a happy, healthy family come true.
Infertility Rates Are On The Rise
The truth is that there is no one specific cause of infertility. A woman may be perfectly capable of carrying her own pregnancy, but there may be complications with her eggs or ovaries that prevent conception. Sometimes, multiple issues can impact a woman’s fertility. These can include:
- Poor egg quality
- Ovarian problems
The list goes on and on. Most frustratingly, sometimes there is no clear cut answer as to why a woman cannot get pregnant with her own eggs.
The decision to use an egg donor often comes after multiple failed attempts to use the woman’s own eggs. Sometimes, these women have simply failed to get pregnant. Other times, they have suffered the heartbreak of miscarriages. Whatever the reason for seeking out an egg donor, it is important to know that no one takes donor eggs just because they can. For many who choose to use donor eggs, it is the final stop on a journey that has been long and painful.
Eggs and a Mother’s Age
It is becoming increasingly common for women to hold off on becoming a parent until they enter their mid-30s or even later. However, this is also the time when egg quality and overall fertility decreases. This is due to the reduction in the number of viable eggs remaining in the ovaries. When a baby girl is born, she has somewhere between 1 to 2 million eggs – by the time she reaches menopause, there are only a few hundred eggs remaining. These eggs are older and have a higher rate of chromosomal anomalies, which means that the mother is more likely to have a miscarriage, if she can get pregnant at all.
With more access than ever to birth control, women are able to plan their lives how they want them to be – they can focus on careers and becoming financially secure enough to have a family. However, this also means that more women are waiting to become pregnant, so they will have struggles.
Ovarian Issues and PCOS
More and more, women are facing problems with their ovaries. Nearly 1% of women suffer from something called “Premature Ovarian Failure” which is when a woman’s ovaries stop working far sooner than expected, given her age. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is another common health issue that is impacting more and more women every year. It can make having a baby naturally almost impossible.
For some women, they cannot use their eggs – or don’t want to risk using their eggs – because of genetically-inherent conditions. This could be genetic conditions that they do not wish to pass onto their child or because of chromosomal issues.
While there are many steps that the medical field can take to help prevent some of these genetic issues from being passed on, sometimes it is impossible to avoid – which is why these women seek out egg donors.
While many couples who seek egg donors are heterosexual couples, male couples also seek egg donors. The path to fatherhood is a long one for male couples – gay people still face quite a bit of discrimination when it comes to adoption. As such, many use donor eggs to build families that have a genetic connection and to work with people who will accept them for who they are.
Ready to Become An Egg Donor?
Are you ready to be an egg donor? Contact EDSI today to get started – we will walk you through every step of the process so that you don’t feel lost or alone. Instead, you will help you to make a decision about whether or not this is for you and from there, we can help you through the easy medical process and the follow-up.