Egg Donation: The Importance of Synchronizing Cycles By Dr. Vuk Jovanovic on October 26, 2015

The female reproductive systemPacific Surrogacy & Egg Donation has helped countless couples and individuals throughout the Los Angeles start families and realize their dreams. Our team of skilled fertility doctors can assist in the egg donor and donation process while also answering questions from egg recipients with regard to fertility treatments.

Egg donors are an excellent option to consider to address a number of fertility issues. Yet for the treatment to work, synchronizing cycles between donor and recipient is necessary. Let's cover the basics of this right now.

Egg Donors Can Be Crucial In Helping You Start a Family

Egg donors are women who are selected by a couple or individual to provide viable eggs of their own when a woman's own eggs are not viable for successful pregnancy and live birth. This is an especially important consideration for female infertility matters.

Egg donors are typically young and healthy women in the prime of their reproductive years, and their eggs can be selected based on a number physical characteristics (e.g., height, eye color, hair color) as well as psychological traits (e.g., IQ, career).

Once an egg donor is selected, the eggs can be fertilized via in vitro fertilization (IVF) and then placed into a recipient's womb to be carried to term. As part of this process, cycle synchronization must take place.

What does "cycle synchronization" mean in the context of egg donation?

Cycle synchronization simply means syncing up the menstrual cycles of the egg donor and the egg recipient. Fertility drugs or contraceptives are used to ensure that cycles are matched between the two.

Why is synchronizing cycles so important?

Synchronizing cycles helps improve the chances of successful pregnancy and live birth. This allows eggs to be retrieved from the egg donor, fertilized in the lab, incubated to promote cellular division, and placed into the recipient without any delays in the process. This is often preferable to using eggs that have been cryopreserved when possible, though cryopreserved eggs from donors can still be used successfully.

What to Expect During the Synchronization Process

Egg recipients will be instructed to take birth control pills at a time specified by their fertility doctors to help with the synchronization process. At a certain point, the recipient will be asked to stop taking birth control and use other fertility drugs to prepare the uterine lining for the fertilized egg.

For the egg donor, fertility drugs will be used to stimulate follicles and help trigger ovulation and aid in the egg retrieval process.

Additional Assistance from Our Team of Fertility Specialists

In addition to helping with the egg donation and the in vitro fertilization process, fertility specialists will also be able to assist with other fertility treatment services, such as sperm washing and seeking out surrogate carriers. All options for fertility treatment can be discussed in full detail during your visit to the practice for a consultation.

Contact Pacific Surrogacy & Egg Donation

For more information about egg donation and how egg donors can help you start the family you have always wanted, be sure to contact our fertility treatment specialists today. The team at Pacific Surrogacy & Egg Donation will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and address your concerns.

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