Medical science continues to evolve and discover ever more effective ways to increase the odds of becoming pregnant through InVitro Fertilization (IVF). The result of their breakthroughs are advances that could greatly impact your choice to become an egg donor. Take a look.
Any egg donor or woman who has undergone an egg retrieval for her own IVF cycles will tell you that, by and large, the biggest inconvenience and struggle is with the manipulation of her monthly cycle. These hormonal stimulations have been a necessary part of the IVF process for decades, and women have been bothered by them for decades as well.
As an egg donor, the stimulations in question refer to medications given to you to create more viable eggs for retrieval. Despite necessity, these hormone therapies and frequent injections are stressful. Since the 1990s, doctors have been looking at different methods of stimulation and have slowly been moving towards less invasive measures.
One of the methods practitioners are moving towards is mild-stimulation. Studies have shown that birth rates (gathered at 12 months post birth) are quite similar to more invasive stimulation procedures and resulted in a 70% success rate after three (or fewer) transfers.
Despite the apparent benefits of fewer medications and similar birthrates, mild stimulation cycles are not without their own drawbacks. In an egg donor or retrieval situation, a lower stimulation protocol can easily result in fewer follicles and the potential need to cancel the procedure. This can lead to thre being more stimulation cycles overall. Because of that, this science is not yet commonly used on young, fertile women with high expectations.
Researchers and doctors currently only recommend mild stimulation for patients who are likely to have a poor response to stimulation in the first place. Older patients are a prime example. If the patient is not expected to respond well to the medication, it seems more conducive to offer a less invasive treatment that may make it easier to commit to many cycles. In this way, an intended mother using her own eggs or, in certain cases, known egg donors may be candidates for this protocol. However, most typical egg donors will not qualify.
As medical science continues to open new doors and present new ways to realize parenthood, we stand proudly at the forefront of assisted reproductive therapies (ART) to help create families of choice.