Importance of egg donation in treating infertility
The most exciting and most awaited moment of our life is the birth of a child. It is indeed a great gift of god that brings moments of extreme happiness and cheer in the life of a human being. While a few lucky people get it without many efforts, there are millions of couples across the world that are not so lucky. They have to go through the hardships of long running treatment, multiple attempts of pregnancy, and extreme moments of physical and emotional pain and sometimes the result does not come at all. Infertility is a worldwide problem and a large percentage of the total cases is contributed by unexplained infertility where the root-cause is unknown. Doctors try to eliminate all the possible roadblocks, but sometimes results do not come even after extensive efforts.
There are many aspects of infertility with separate solution for every aspect. There are many cases where egg donation is the only option remains if the couple wants to get success of having a baby genetically connected to them, but partially. Clinic has to be well equipped and advanced to conduct the process properly. International Fertility Centre is one of the leading infertility clinics in India. Located at New Delhi, the capital of India, IFC has been guided by Dr. Rita Bakshi, the most dependable name in the field of Assisted Reproduction Technique. With her vast experience of more than 20 years and thousands of successful patients, she is one of the renowned infertility experts of the country.
What, Why and How of egg donation
What?In some cases the intended mother is facing problems with ovulation and unable to produce eggs. There are also cases where the quality of eggs produced is not up to the mark. In some cases females have a problem in the fallopian tube (the tube connects the ovaries and the uterus). Therefore, eggs are unable to reach to the uterus. Egg donation is a process where some other woman either known or unknown provides her eggs for fertilization.
The condition where intended mother is unable to produce eggs for fertilization, there is only one way left for her to have a genetically connected baby, i.e. egg donation. This option is much better as compared to other options like adoption where there is absolutely no genetic linkage. In case of egg donation, father is connected to the baby by providing his sperm for external fertilization. Couples normally choose this option to get the benefit of this partial link as well as the genetic benefits of the donor if she is known to the couple.
How?The process of egg donation is quite complex and needs a great technical expertise, sufficiently experienced doctors and a modern and advanced clinic. International Fertility Centre completely qualifies these criteria and therefore it is one of the most preferred infertility clinics in India. The strategic location of New Delhi and Dr. Rita Bakshi and her expert team handles every situation skilfully. The first and foremost step of egg donation is matching the ovulation cycles of the intended and donor mothers. Birth control pills and hormonal injections are used for this. Intended mother needs to be given special drugs to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. As the ovulation cycles match, multiple eggs are extracted from the donor and fertilized with sperms of intended father or donor as the case is. One of the embryos is planted in the womb of intended mother and rest all embryos are preserved under extremely low temperature for subsequent attempts. In case the first attempt goes successful, then the childless couples would enjoy parenthood after successful pregnancy and childbirth.
Role of infertility clinics in egg donation
Infertility clinics play a vital role in egg donation process. On the basis of complete investigation and diagnosis, the expert doctors decide for egg donation as the last resort. The most difficult part is to prepare the intended couple, especially the female. Accepting the fact takes some time. Centres like IFC handle this situation very well because of the teamwork of doctors and counsellors. They arrange workshop, one-to-one sessions and detailed discussion regarding the inevitability and importance of egg donation with the couple and make the things easier and simpler. Dr. Rita Bakshi has a vast experience of handling such cases in the past and patients become much relaxed after having discussions with her. Slideshows, interviews and experiences of other couples are shared to understand the process in a better manner.
Understanding the terminology
Recipient:A female that receives the fertilized embryo for pregnancy and delivering the child is called as Recipient. The female partner of the intended parents is recipient and she is not genetically connected to the baby since the egg does not belong to her. However, there is always an emotional bond with the baby because she takes the pain of carrying and delivering the baby. Females usually do not ready to become recipient unless it is suggested by the expert doctors. An extensive counselling and communication is required to make her ready for receiving donor eggs. IFC takes the help of professional counsellors, social workers and psychologists to make the willingness easier.
Donor:A female that provides the eggs for external fertilization is called as donor. A donor woman might be somebody completely unknown or she may be a close relative or friend. Intended couple may choose the option of keeping donor identity anonymous to avoid future issues. Donor woman has to be physically fit, should not have any genetic disorder, affected from sexually transmitted or venereal disease and she should be willing to provide the eggs without any pressure.