Questions and answers on ovodonation

Written by: Dra. Carmen Calatayud Lliso
Edited by: Top Doctors®

More and more couples and single mothers who resort to donating eggs to achieve pregnancy. Among the main reasons are the delay in the age of access to maternity, which increases with the passage of time, and the appearance of fertility problems. In 2014, in Spain alone, more than 16,000 ovodonation cycles were performed and more than 6,000 babies were born thanks to this technique.

Ovodonation pregnancies are those in which the egg is donated by a woman other than the one who will get it. According to experts in Assisted Reproduction , it is a recommended treatment for women who have not been able to get pregnant with their own eggs, either by age or oocyte pathology. Ovodonation pregnancy has a success rate above 78%, which makes it one of the most effective assisted reproduction treatments.


In 2014, only in Spain were born more than 6,000 babies born by ovodonation


Why carry out a treatment by ovodonación?

There are several reasons to resort to ovodonation. In some cases it may be a question of age, since the ovarian reserve is limited and from a certain age the woman stops producing eggs.

On other occasions the reason may be early menopause or oocyte pathologies. Women who are in some of these situations but, nevertheless, they want to be biological mothers are usually recommended ovodonación.

Some real experiences of women who have decided to go to ovulation say they have relied on success rates, others have already experienced it for the first time and rely on this method to be mothers for the second time.


What are the pre-treatment sensations?

Generally, the patient feels a mixture of nerves, fear and illusion in the moments previous to the treatment. Due to these feelings it is possible that they significantly increase the levels of stress and anxiety.

Price is one of the most common concerns of patients undergoing ovulation treatment. Years ago the price could be high but more and more clinics offer different financing options to make these techniques more accessible.

Another issue that may be of concern to expectant mothers is the fact that the egg belongs to a donor, in case this will affect the way they see the baby. Some future moms claim to be afraid of thinking about how the baby is going to be or may even think that they may not get to love it enough. Other real testimonies explain that this is a very desired child and that, therefore, will be the most beloved in the world.


What are the post-transfer symptoms?

Once the transfer is done, it is recommended to do a relative rest of approximately one week, which should not prevent the patient from continuing with her usual routine. Two weeks after the transfer the pregnancy test is performed, and during that period the patient may notice some symptoms or not notice anything.

The patient may experience some minor discomfort, similar to menstruation, or some minor bleeding due to implantation. In any case, none of these signs advises on whether or not there is pregnancy.

Some of the women who have undergone ovulation report having pain similar to that of the rule, leg cramps or chest pain. Others, however, do not present any type of symptom.


Advice for women considering ovulation

The success rate of ovodonation is increasing, thanks to the improvement of assisted reproduction techniques. For this reason, the experiences of women who have undergone ovodonation are increasingly positive.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Carmen Calatayud Lliso
Fertility Specialty

Dr. Catalaytud is one of the leading specialists in the study and treatment of infertility, a leader in techniques of egg donation and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). He has over 20 years experience in the profession, with extensive training in the subject. Throughout his career he has combined his clinical work with teaching, being a teacher in training courses organized by various public and private entities. On the other hand, he is the author of scientific articles of the specialty and has participated in national and international conferences. He is currently co-director of CREA, Medical Center of Assisted Reproduction.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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