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  • Infertility: The Option of Using Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm or Donor Embryo

    Know how using donor eggs, sperm or embryo works and what conditions need to exist.
    by Anna Santos-Villar .
  • sperm and egg cellDonor Eggs, Donor Sperm, or Donor Embryo

    As per Dr. Joan Tan-Garcia, endocrinologist, infertility and menopause specialist, there are presently no centers or clinics that allow this option in the Philippines.


    How it works

    Basically donor-assisted IVF or AI.



    If a woman is no longer of ideal birthing age or has poor ovary function, or if her partner’s sperm aren’t healthy, seeking donor-assisted reproduction may be the only option. Most commonly, women who are over age 40 and can no longer produce healthy eggs, or those who are at risk of problematic pregnancies use donor eggs, donor sperms, or donor embryos—the combined sperm and eggs of known or anonymous donors—to conceive. Usually, this is the last resort for some couples to treat their infertility.

    Fertility clinics in the U.S. allow couples to choose donors. Most donors are between 21 and 29 years old and have undergone psychological, medical, and genetic screening.



    Note: Success rates are national averages and don’t take into account the number of attempts made with each method.


    Joan Tan-Garcia, M.D. reproductive endocrinologist, infertility and menopause specialist, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Manila Doctor’s Hospital, and Medical City


    Photo from sxc.hu

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