Egg Donation and surrogacy

Egg Donation and surrogacy

Sexual intercourse serves two purposes – providing pleasure to both partners, and allows them to plan for a family by giving birth to a child. A happy couple can sometimes have to confront the harsh reality that they would be unable to have a child. Sometimes this is because of a problem with the male partner, while at other times, it is caused due to female Infertility. If the couple facing this problem has the female who is infertile, then there are two solutions the couple can opt for. They could either use the egg of a donor, or they could use a surrogate to have their child birthed.

Egg Donation

A healthy woman of childbearing age can choose to donate her eggs to a couple who are unable to conceive because the intended mother does not have any viable eggs. The child would be carried by the intended mother, but the fertilization would be done inside her using an egg from a donor. The donor could sometimes choose to be anonymous, and in some cases the donor and recipient meet each other and sometimes become great friends for life. The intended mother should ask and find out about the family background, education, lifestyle and maybe even the race and physical attributed of the donor of eggs.

The reason for this is that she would only be carrying the fertilized egg and the child during pregnancy, but the characteristics of the child would come from the donor of the egg.

Surrogacy

Both egg donation and surrogacy are two ways in which couples in distress can get help from unknown (till then) strangers. The egg donor would be giving a part of herself to the recipient mother, but might never get to meet her or her child again. The surrogate mother, on the other hand, would be giving her body to the recipient mother, and carrying the fertilized egg and subsequently the baby within her for months on end. This is the reason we often see the recipients getting into a lifelong relationship with their egg donors or surrogate mothers.

Final Word

Both egg donation and surrogacy are two ways in which couples in distress can get help from unknown (till then) strangers. The egg donor would be giving a part of herself to the recipient mother, but might never get to meet her or her child again. The surrogate mother, on the other hand, would be giving her body to the recipient mother, and carrying the fertilized egg and subsequently the baby within her for months on end. This is the reason we often see the recipients getting into a lifelong relationship with their egg donors or surrogate mothers.