Our expert says:
When donor eggs are used in a IVF cycle the donor is usually a young female and therefore the success rate would be approximately around 40-45% in achieving a pregnancy. Therefore it would much higher when compared to somebody at the age of 39. The way a donor oocyte cycle works is that a young female, who is going to be the donor, is synchronized with the recipient. The donor is then given medication to hyperstimulate the ovaries and then once the oocytes are mature the oocytes are then removed from the donor and inseminated with the recipient’s husband’s sperms. Once an embryo has been obtained the embryo is then transferred into the recipient. I suggest that you discuss this with your fertility specialist and he would be in a better position to find out if he has any donors available or there are also donor agencies available in South Africa. The cost would certainly be higher than a normal IVF cycle and the costs would differ from clinic to clinic, I would suggest you see your fertility specialists to discuss the way forward.
Answered by: Dr Y.M. Dasoo
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