Egg donation is an option for women who are unable to produce eggs or those with poor quality eggs who are unlikely to become pregnant using their own eggs. Reasons for this include:
There are two sources of donor eggs:
Some couples elect to use a relative such as a sister, cousin, or friend to assist them in their quest to have a baby. Before proceeding, the couple and their donor (plus her partner if applicable) are invited to meet Cork Fertility Centre's Egg Donation Co-ordinator to have the egg donation process explained fully.
Having a child through egg donation is a big step and both couple and donor may have questions and concerns which don't surface until they have attended counselling. It is a mandatory requirement that the couple and their donor undergo counselling before embarking on treatment.
Both partners and their donor must be screened for the following:
The donor will need to be screened initially, and at 120 days after the first screen. The donor will also require further testing including cystic fibrosis carrier testing and blood karyotyping.
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