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In Vitro Fertilization - IVF vs. IVF/ED

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Intended Mother and IVF Doctor
In Vitro Fertilization - IVF vs. IVF/ED
You've made the decision to pursue gestational surrogacy, but now you must make the decision between in vitro fertilization with or without an egg donor. You should consider the following advantages and disadvantages to help you determine which route to take.

Medical Reasons

The most common reason for using an egg donor is that the intended mother’s eggs are not viable. This may be for a number of reasons, including the age of the intended mother, previous chemotherapy that has affected fertility or there may be a hereditary genetic component that necessitates donated eggs due to the possibility of serious birth defects.

Costs

In vitro fertilization can be a hefty cost as it is, but egg donation has several additional costs that you should know. Some of these additional costs could include compensating the donor, insurance and medical bills for the donor, travel costs, treatment costs, agency fees, attorney fees, and cryopreservation.

Legal Decisions

When working with your surrogate, you'll have legal decisions that will need to be made. For example, the baby's citizenship can be impacted based on the donor that you use and the location where the baby is born. If there are any questions in these regards, your attorney can assist you.

You'll also need to consider whether you want to know the identity of the donor. In the state of Washington, the child can receive the donor's name when he or she reaches the age of 18. If you live in a different state, you may need to work out a contract to find out the donor's name if that is your prerogative.

Multiples

During regular conception, the chance of conceiving twins is 1 in 80. However, with in vitro fertilization, the possibility of having twins is 25%. Using more than one egg during in vitro fertilization, women are likely to have twins, triplets, and more children. Pregnancies involving more than one child are considered high risk pregnancies. When considering an egg donor, you could request having only one egg implanted to prevent the likelihood of multiple births.

Attachment

Some people worry about whether they'll be able to feel attached to children that don't look like them. When it comes to choosing an egg donor, you could choose someone who resembles you closely. However, there is still the chance that the baby won't look like you. There is a lot of data now available to intended parents regarding bonding with children that they are not genetically related to. This is something that can be addressed in counseling or during a psychological intake at a reputable surrogacy agency or fertility clinic.
For any other questions involving in vitro fertilization and egg donors, contact CSP to learn more in order to help you make the right decision for you and your family.
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