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Donor Egg Treatment with Footsteps To Fertility Centre

Egg donation can be used when other reproductive options have either been exhausted or are not available.

For an ever-increasing number of infertile women, disease and/or the onset of ovarian failure precludes producing eggs that can be fertilized. This prevents them from achieving a pregnancy with their own eggs. Since the vast majority of such women are otherwise quite healthy and physically capable of bearing a child, egg donation  provides them with a realistic opportunity to go from infertility to parenthood.

We help to match egg donors with women who are unable to use their own eggs to achieve a healthy pregnancy. This can be the result of age, illness, genetic abnormalities, prior surgery, or an unsuccessful response to fertility medications used to stimulate ovulation.

At Footsteps To Fertility Centre located  in Nairobi, Kenya, we can assist you in using an egg donor who is known to you usually a sister or friend.

Feel free to contact us, chat with us  or directly reserve an appointment below. We provide the needed support to patients during the process of selecting an egg donor.

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Who is a suitable egg donor?

Ideally a known egg donor should be aged between 25 and 40 years old, our clinic recruited egg donors are required to be aged between 25 and 34, and have completed their own family.

Prior to proceeding with donation, all potential egg donors (and their partners, if applicable) will undertake a minimum of two counseling sessions and screening blood tests.

Where there is a family history of genetic or medical conditions, a clinical geneticist provides an assessment of potential risks to future offspring.

Who requires donor eggs?

You may be considering using donated eggs to create your family if:

  • You have gone through a premature menopause,

  • There is a risk of passing on a genetic disease,

  • Premature ovarian failure,

  • Your ovaries have been affected by chemotherapy or serious illness, or

  • You have had IVF treatment but repeated cycles have indicated poor egg quality.

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The Egg Donation Process

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1. Egg donor counseling

After an initial consultation with your fertility specialist, counseling is scheduled for both you as the recipient and your donor (and your respective partners, if applicable). Counseling is mandatory, and is an opportunity to discuss donor treatment and its implications.

2. Donor IVF cycle

For donor egg cycles, if the intention is to transfer fresh embryos, your donor’s stimulated cycle is coordinated with your cycle. Your donor’s stimulation cycle is monitored (as for an  IVF-stimulated cycle) by the fertility specialist and will usually involve two to three vaginal ultrasound scans. The egg collection procedure is performed under a light general anesthetic and takes around 20 minutes.

At the time of egg collection your partner (if appropriate) provides semen, which is used to fertilise the eggs in the laboratory.

Two to five days after the egg collection and fertilisation, one of the resulting embryos is transferred to you and any other viable embryos are frozen for potential future transfer. After two weeks, you have a pregnancy test.

Transfer of frozen embryos made from donor eggs will usually take place in the recipient’s natural cycle and does not require any further treatment for the egg donor.

The pregnancy rate when using donated eggs is related to the age of the donor, and the number and quality of the eggs. Your fertility specialist in Kenya will be able to advise you further about this at the time of your consultation.

The influence of age on outcome

While conventional IVF birth rates decline with increasing age of the mother, the birth rate in ovum donor recipients remains relatively constant in all age categories (50-60% per attempt).

It is the age of the egg provider that influences outcome, regardless of the method of conception. Natural conception rates, conception following intrauterine insemination and conventional IVF conception rates all decline with advancing age of the woman. This is not the case in embryo recipients where the egg provider is of a younger age.

The miscarriage rate increases with the age of the egg provider rather than with advancing age of the recipient. Advancing age is associated with an increased incidence of miscarriage following natural conception, IUI and conventional IVF while the incidence of miscarriage remains constant regardless of the advancing age of the embryo recipient in egg donor cycles.

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