Did you know that, according to the NHS, about 3.5 million people in the UK may have difficulty conceiving? For the couples who have been trying for more than three years with no success, the probability of getting pregnant without the help of ART (artificial reproductive technology) is only 25% or even less.
Some women fall pregnant quickly. Other women’s bodies need a little bit more time. For many, the best option turns out to be IVF with donor eggs. If, for a year, you had no luck in the baby department, it is always recommended to see your GP. Infertility diagnosis may be a hard blow, but you should know that in most cases it can be treated. How? If you do not ovulate, you can have a medical treatment. If you suffer from endometriosis, have womb scarring or damaged tubes, you may undergo a surgical procedure. Other infertility treatments include IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF with donor eggs.
If you have been researching the topic of infertility treatment like IVF with donor eggs, you have probably noticed that it is becoming a more talked about topic. We believe that fertility and infertility should not be taboos. There are many fertility organizations, charities and websites like Fertility Network (UK) or EggDonationFriends.com that can help you embrace your infertility diagnosis and understand the IVF with donor eggs treatment. They write about egg donors’ selection, frozen and fresh cycles, costs and organize fertility awareness campaigns. Some bloggers, mostly women, are also very open about their experiences with donor eggs and very brave to share their fertility journey stories. They usually document their treatment on their blogs, vlogs and Instagram channels every step of the way: from diagnosis, through hormone stimulation, the rollercoaster of emotions after the injections, egg retrieval or selecting a donor, fertilisation day, then waiting those dreaded two weeks to take that first pregnancy test.
It is important to know that you are not alone in your battle to have a baby and the help and support are out there. What is more, if you think you need psychological support before going down the egg donation route, speak to women who have had an egg donor baby. Also you may want to consider contacting a therapist or a fertility counsellor. Do not be embarrassed about the need to use services like this – they may help you get through the hardships more than you can imagine.
Finally, if you need financial support, consider using a fundraising website or a foundation that offers grants for donor egg treatment. With limited availability of IVF services on the NHS and raising cost of treatment at private British clinics many couples also search for affordable egg donor programs abroad. This is an option if you decide you want to have the same quality treatment at one of the IVF clinics in Europe. The clinics, especially in Spain, the Czech Republic, Greece or Ukraine accept thousands of patients every year.
Infertility and treatment with donor eggs are definitely an emotional and difficult topic but dealing with it is doable. Speak to other women who have been through egg donation and check platforms for infertility patients – this will help you understand and embrace the idea of IVF with donor eggs.