The IVF egg donation program has gradually become an acceptable way by which the infertile woman can give birth to a child, since the first child conceived from donated eggs was delivered by a woman with ovarian insufficiency in 1983.
In fact, IVF egg donation involves retrieving of eggs from an egg donor, fertilizing these eggs with a partner sperm, and transferring the cultured embryos to the intended mother or gestational surrogate. These medical advances have allowed infertile couples to have the opportunity to deliver a child who is genetically linked to one partner, and the other has the opportunity to be pregnant. Developments in this area provide hundreds of thousands of infertile women with the ability to have a child when they have premature ovarian failure, ovarian insufficiency, abnormal eggs due to genetics or age, or ovarian failure resulting from chemotherapy/radiation.
Although the exact number of children born from IVF egg donation is not exactly known, it is increasing every year. Even if some numbers become publicly available, they are undoubtedly underestimated, given that many of these births had many multiple infants.
What should be paramount for those people and couples who use IVF egg donation is a program that gives them access to prominent physicians, reputable lawyers, and specialized mental health providers. Counseling by all three of the aforesaid specialists is mandatory for everyone who is considering the possibility of IVF egg donation, especially in the areas of risk assessment involved in the required medical procedures and the legal consequences of entering an agreement on IVF egg donation by all parties. In fact, their consent should be voluntary and include an understanding of the relevant procedures.
Talking about Ukraine, an egg donor waves her parental rights in accordance with the current legislation. A carefully drawn up IVF egg donation agreement with IVF clinic gives all parties the confidence that a child born as a result of IVF egg donation program will not have any legal conflicts. All parties understand and agree that any child born in accordance with such an agreement will be considered as a child of the intended parents only.
The intended parents must ensure that their egg donor has received an independent legal adviser and has signed an IVF egg donation agreement, which will memorialize parental rights and financial obligations, as well as all necessary consent forms provided by their physician. In addition, such an agreement should take into account the short-term and long-term risks inherent in the IVF egg donation process.
Anyone in this field can attest that the number of IVF egg donation programs has risen sharply over the past 10 years, which forces the intended parents to diligently study which program suits them and which program will give the right egg donor with the right qualifications. For example, when choosing an IVF egg donation program (whether by a physician or independently), you make sure that you don’t accept egg donors older than 29 years. You should also not to accept egg donors who have a family medical history of birth defects or genetic abnormalities, and you must strictly investigate any mental disorders within the immediate family through their personal history profile.
Of course, you cannot consider IVF egg donation program without discussing the issue of anonymity. So far, IVF egg donation in Ukraine is based on anonymity, secrecy and lack of disclosure. The intended parents should explore these issues with their physician, as well as with a mental health care provider and a lawyer, who can help them to discover their own issues and determine the path that they would like to take.
Most importantly, at the beginning you may want to find an IVF egg donation program that will give you the flexibility to choose the most suitable route for you. This decision can also help you determine whether you are ready to make a commitment to raise a child who is genetically linked to only one of you or none of you. It will also help you later determine what you want to tell your child and what information you want to share with your child and even your family and friends. Remember that there is no right answer. The only answer to this question is that you determine on your own and/or with the help of a mental health care provider who best fits you and your family!