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Here are some of the most important things to understand about egg donation.
Considering becoming an egg donor? If so, our Weston, South Florida, reproductive specialists Dr. Minna Selub and Dr. Kimball Pomeroy understand that you may have questions about the process. Before deciding whether you’re ready to take the plunge to egg donation, here’s what you should understand about the process first.
Egg Donation Requires a Variety of Screenings
Before someone can become an egg donor, it’s important that you come into our Weston, South Florida practice to undergo an evaluation and screening. There are certain criteria that must be met in order to become an egg donor. This evaluation will involve blood work, an ultrasound to look at your eggs, and also psychological screening. Even where you’ve traveled in the last six months may affect your candidacy.
Ideal Candidates are Between the Ages of 26-32
It’s a big decision to decide to be an egg donor, which is why we think this is a decision that should be considered once a woman reaches her mid or even late 20s. While women under 25 may still choose to donate their eggs, the ideal candidate is a healthy woman between the ages of 26-32 that has regular periods.
We Will Need to Match You to a Recipient
Egg donors often think that they will go through the process as soon as they are approved and the rest is history, when in fact you may need to wait first so that we can match you to a recipient. This is because when it comes to using donated eggs, fresh is preferable to frozen. It’s important that we first match you to a recipient before getting the process of egg donation started.
It Will Take Time
While the egg donation process usually takes about two weeks, and the egg retrieval procedure only takes about 20 minutes, you can expect that the whole process including the screenings to take about six weeks. We need to go through your detailed history that includes everything from your education and medical health to your travel history. We will also need to perform a medical examination, which can take several hours and involves genetic and drug testing, as well as educating the donor on how to administer their own injections at home.
Are you interested in becoming an egg donor here in Weston, South Florida? If so, the team at Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies can help you through every step of the process. To schedule a consultation with us and to get started, call (954) 217-3456 today.
If you have dreams of being a parent, it can be heartbreaking when starting a family proves more difficult than expected. Infertility affects many women, but that doesn't mean it is easy to cope with, especially when those around you are welcoming newborns and raising little ones.
At the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, our physicians understand the emotional toll of infertility, and we are here to help you through it. At our South Florida clinic, we will work with you to find ways to increase your chance of conception.
How do I know if I have infertility?
If you have been having regular intercourse without the use of a contraceptive for a year or more, this can be indicative of infertility. If you have been able to become pregnant but not carry to term, that can also indicate infertility.
What causes infertility?
Infertility in females is more common among those who are over the age of 35, have a medical condition such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids, or are underweight or obese. Substance usage, such as smoking or drug use, are also contributing factors.
Male infertility can be caused by a low sperm count, drug/alcohol use, obesity, sexually transmitted disease or sperm damage. Treatments or surgeries for other medical issues can also affect fertility.
Make sure to tell your physician at our South Florida office if either you or your partner is affected by any of the above.
What can I do about my infertility?
The first step will be some analysis by your physician at our South Florida office. This will likely include asking questions about your health and lifestyle, as well as running tests, such as ovulation tests and an ultrasound for the female, and a sperm analysis for the male.
From there, recommendations may include adjusting intercourse habits to increase chances of conception, taking a prescription medication, or undergoing medical procedures. If you have endometriosis or blocked Fallopian tubes, this could entail having corrective surgery. Other options include in vitro fertilization, in which the egg and sperm are obtained from both partners and fertilization is done in a lab.
There is no need to struggle in silence if you are suffering from infertility issues. Make an appointment with your physician at our South Florida office by calling 954-217-3456.
Find out if egg banking is a good option for preserving eggs for your future family.
Not ready to get pregnant just yet? If you aren’t planning for a baby anytime soon but would like the opportunity to get pregnant in the future you may be wondering whether egg banking is the right choice for you. During egg banking, our South Florida physician Dr. Minna Selub collects and freezes a woman’s healthy eggs for possible fertilization in the future. Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies is located in Weston, FL and serves patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.
What is involved in egg banking?
As we mentioned above, egg banking is the process of preserving a woman’s eggs and possible fertility by retrieving eggs from her ovaries and freezing them for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment in the future to increase the odds of getting pregnant.
During egg banking, the woman is given medication that will stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs in one cycle. Then a minor outpatient procedure is performed to retrieve the eggs and then freeze them.
Who could benefit from egg banking?
There are many reasons why women today are considering egg banking. Freezing healthy eggs keeps them viable, allowing our patients the peace of mind to know that they could get pregnant in the future when it is right for them.
Furthermore, women who are currently undergoing radical and aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation may want to turn to our South Florida physician for egg banking to preserve healthy eggs for the future so they can start a family after they’ve finished their treatment. Women who have also been told that they have a diminished ovarian reserve may also choose to turn to egg banking earlier in life so that they can get pregnant later on.
However, it’s important to know that egg banking isn’t right for every woman. Women over 40 years old or women who have a significantly diminished ovarian reserve may not be a good candidate for egg banking. Furthermore, women under 30 years old still have many years in which they can conceive naturally and may not need to consider egg freezing until later in life.
If you are interested in learning more about egg banking and whether this could benefit your lifestyle and future family planning then call Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL at (954) 217-3456 to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state.
Some women dream of becoming mothers but are unable to become pregnant with their own eggs. The good news is that many of these women can potentially become pregnant with the help of donor eggs. If you meet the qualifications to become an egg donor, you could help make another woman’s dream of motherhood come true. Dr. Minna Selub is your South Florida physician for egg donation and fertility assistance at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas.
Egg Donor Qualifications
Becoming an egg donor can be one of the most rewarding and selfless things you do. Becoming an egg donor is not for everyone, though. You must be in good health and have a flexible schedule to accommodate multiple appointments at our office. Some of the qualifications to become an egg donor include:
- Under 32 years of age
- In good health
- Flexible schedule
- Availability to visit the office regularly for examination
- Ability to administer hormone injections at home
Egg Retrieval Process
Prior to retrieving any eggs, egg donors first undergo a process to stimulate egg production. During this time, egg donors administer hormone injections at home daily for about one and a half weeks. The injections help stimulate egg production in the ovaries to maximize the number of eggs that can be retrieved. During this time, donors also need to come into the doctor’s office on at least four separate occasions for blood work and vaginal ultrasound exams to ensure the ovaries are properly stimulated.
When the eggs are ready for retrieval, a thin needle is used to retrieve them. The needle is inserted into the ovaries through the vaginal wall. The egg retrieval procedure only takes about 15 minutes to complete and patients can return home the same day. Patients are sedated throughout the procedure so there is no pain or discomfort. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities the following day after the procedure.
If you are ready to help another woman realize her dream of becoming a mother and you meet the qualifications for becoming an egg donor, schedule a consultation with Dr. Selub, your South Florida physician for fertility assistance. To schedule an appointment, contact the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL at (954) 217-3456. Also serving patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state.
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