Transitioning from IVF to a Donor Egg Cycle

The decision to move on from In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to a donor egg IVF cycle is a very personal one. You may see your funds running out, with no clear understanding of why IVF is not working for you. Some women in this situation may have gone through three cycles of IVF or more without success. Others may be experiencing recurrent miscarriages with no clear explanation as to the reason. So, at some point in your infertility treatment, you may find yourself at a crossroads.

Reasons for considering moving on to egg donation include:

  • Advanced maternal age
  • Genetic issues such as chromosomal abnormalities that might occur as a result of pregnancy
  • Genetic diseases carried by the intended mother, such as Cystic Fibrosis
  • Have undergone treatments for cancer, such as radiation or chemotherapy
  • Have had ovaries surgically removed
  • Produce little or no eggs despite the use of fertility medication
  • Multiple IVF cycles did not result in a viable pregnancy
  • Auto immune responses
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (premature ovarian failure)
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Unexplained recurrent miscarriage

How do you go about making this decision? As with most major life choices, it helps to have a plan. In order for you to consider a donor egg IVF cycle, the very first step will be having your doctor verify that you have a normal uterus and can carry a pregnancy.

You may be considering several options, some of which include:

  • Continuing with regular IVF cycles utilizing your own eggs
  • Donor egg IVF cycle
  • Adoption
  • Child free living

Now is the time for you to determine what aspects of becoming, and being, a parent are most important to you. As simplistic as it sounds, it may help to make a list of the pros and cons for each option that you are considering, This mental exercise can help to give you clarity when making a choice about your next steps.

Want to learn more? Click here to read Path2Parenthood's fact sheet on this subject.

Click here to watch a short video on the medical and legal aspects of egg donor IVF.

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