Why on earth would someone need an egg donor?

Couples (or singles) may want a child, but can’t fall pregnant using their own eggs. There are many medical reasons why this happens, such as premature ovarian failure, no ovaries, early menopause, age- induced ovulatory dysfunction and advanced endometriosis.

The female may carry undesirable genetic traits, or had her eggs damaged by exposure to auto immune diseases. Or cancer treatment may harm remaining eggs.

Often, after repeated in-vitro fertilization procedures and repeated pregnancy loss, a couple will choose to use the male sperm to fertilise a donated egg so that their child carries half of their genetic material.

A recipient couple can also be a male or same sex couple.

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