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Pre-Pregnancy | Fertility

How to choose an Egg Donor

Sometimes fertility issues make it impossible to achieve pregnancy without the help of IVF treatment with an egg donor. This can often be heart breaking to accept at first, but because of the amazing young women who choose to donate their own eggs, many now have the opportunity to realise their dream of having a family.

“Having been through several IVFs myself, I understand the frustration and disappointment associated with infertility”, said Mbali Lechler, Managing Director of FertilityCareSA.

After making the difficult decision to use an egg donor, it may seem almost impossible to choose one from the hundreds on offer. As daunting as the task may seem, Mbali offers a few pointers to keep in mind when searching for an egg donor.

Potential donors should be in their 20s or very early 30s, to ensure the healthiest donor eggs and women should also go through extensive evaluation prior to becoming a donor. Detailed personal information of all donors (for example height, weight, eye colour, hair colour, skin tone, medical history and family’s medical history, highest level of education, aspirations in life and hobbies) give potential recipients as much information as possible. However, egg donors and recipients in South Africa, by law, are to remain anonymous.

South African egg donors should also have a full gynaecological evaluation and psychological assessment by a clinical psychologist, as well as complete blood work. Additional tests may also be requested by the recipients. All tests are in line with international legislation and best-practice guidelines.

In some agencies the donor will be offered the opportunity to write a letter to her potential recipients. A photo of the donor when she was less than 12 years old will allow recipients to make an informed choice, but still ensuring anonymity.

For more information about egg donation, fertility and IVF treatment in South Africa or to speak to one of our fertility specialists, visit  www.fertilitycaresa.com.

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