Choosing your egg-donor
You may have many questions and not know where to start this process.Whether you are married or single, gay or straight, local or international, the team at American Fertility Services will be able to guide you in every single step of the way to make it as seamless as possible.We understand that choosing an egg donor is a highly personal and profound experience, and we are deeply committed to supporting and guiding you through whatever questions or concerns that may arise (medical, genetic, financial, psychological and legal).Here are some criteria that you should consider when choosing an egg donor:
This is one of the most important criteria you should always bear in mind. All our egg donor are medically, genetically and psychologically screened. So you can be sure that you will choose a healthy egg donor. Also, you can find their reproductive history in their profile and the outcome of prior donations if they had donated before. If you are a male couple desiring to share the eggs, it's important to select an egg donor who produced enough eggs during her past donations cycles to accommodate this.
This is also a very important point you should ask yourself: Would I like to have an open donation, so the future child can contact her/his biological mother? Or is it better for me to find an anonymous egg donor where I only have the information's given on the egg donor profile? You can find on each egg donor profile what the egg donor prefers.
Known or Open donation: Know or Open donation: These donors will have may be open to meet their recipients and stay in touch. This will personalize your experience. You will need to have a legal contract completed to always protect you.
Anonymous donation: These donors will remain unknown to the recipient. Intended parents will not be given any contact information.
Social and cultural background: Many of you would like to find an egg donor who has a similar social/cultural background like you so the future child will fit well in your social/cultural community.
Educational background: Some intended parents would like to have children who will have in the future great grades at school and at university. That is pretty understandable. Our profiles will show you the educational history of each egg donor. Please keep in mind that most scientific studies have shown that approximately 50% of intelligence can be related to the genomics but the other 50% may be determined by other factors besides genetics.
Physical traits: This part is like going on a dating site. There is no right or wrong and the physical preferences are very different from individual to individual. For many couples it's important that the egg donor looks similar to them. All our egg donors have pictures of them in their profiles. Some even gave us pictures of their extended family or made a small video for you.
We counsel our intended parents to consider testing for their genetics.
We counsel our intended parents to consider testing for their genetics. Even though you may not be affected by any genetic condition, sometimes you may carry a subtle genetic mutation. On certain occasions, if your egg donor would have a similar trait, this would result in an increased risk for your child to be affected. This test may substantially decrease the possibility of having a child affected by a genetic disease. We have a referring team of genetic counselors who will be able to provide assistance and further review of this information with you.
If you would like to have a test to reveal not only all-important DNA defects but also to find out about your DNA heritage, please ask us and we will be able to give you more details.