Learn how donor services can help hopeful parents bring home a baby
At our New Braunfels fertility center, Susan Hudson MD believes that everyone should have the opportunity to become a parent. To help hopeful parents overcome certain causes of infertility, Dr. Hudson may recommend donor services. This includes donor eggs, sperm and embryos from healthy and altruistic women and men.
A look at donor services
Donor services at our New Braunfels fertility center are quite comprehensive, as our team offers fertility treatments using donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryos and gestational surrogacy.
- Donor eggs come from a healthy young woman who has been screened and fully vetted. Because the age of the egg is what matters in a pregnancy, an older woman can often achieve pregnancy using donor eggs. To simplify the process of finding a donor, Texas Fertility Center offers an egg donor program with a pool of diverse, prescreened donors.
- Donor sperm typically comes from men under the age of 40. As with donor eggs, donor sperm produces high pregnancy rates because it comes from healthy donors. To find a sperm donor, hopeful parents can visit a sperm bank or ask someone they know to be their donor.
- Donor embryos come from hopeful parents who were able to build their family without using all of their IVF embryos. Some men and women “adopt” these remaining embryos and undergo fertility treatments using them as a way to grow their family.
- Gestational surrogacy is an excellent option for women who cannot carry a pregnancy and for gay men who would like to become fathers using donor services. The gestational carrier undergoes in vitro fertilization (IVF), carries the resulting pregnancy and gives birth to the child. After delivery, she gives the baby to the hopeful parents to raise.
Why patients turn to donor services
Although many people dream of having a biological child, certain fertility issues may require the use of donor services at our New Braunfels fertility center. Advanced maternal age and premature ovarian failure are two of the most common reasons why a woman may require donor eggs. As for men, Dr. Hudson may recommend turning to donor sperm when severe male factor infertility is present. Inheritable genetic illnesses that hopeful parents don’t wish to transmit to their children may also be a reason to consider donor eggs, sperm or embryos.
Same-sex couples also rely on donor services to bring home a baby. Lesbians can use donor sperm with intrauterine insemination (IUI) or IVF, while gay men can become fathers with help from donor eggs and surrogacy.
Contact our New Braunfels fertility doctor if you’re ready to learn more about fertility treatment with donor eggs, sperm or embryos. Donor services can provide another path to parenthood.