Egg Donation Success Stories

Smiling baby with angel wingsI’ve been writing articles on this blog for a while now and apart from running some polls, I’ve not heard many readers’ experiences with egg donation. So let’s change that!

What’s your egg donation success story?

If you’ve successfully used an egg donor to conceive, or you have successfully donated eggs, I’d like to hear your story!

13 Responses to Egg Donation Success Stories

  1. kathleen September 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    i have a 4.5 year old genetic/biological son with my husband. after 4 years of unsuccessful fertility treatment (IVF, IUI attempts), we decided to pursue Egg Donation. we found an agency, a suitable donor, a successful clinic. when we started the appointment process with our clinic, we were then denied coverage by our health insurance plan (BC/BS), due to my age (43). we had gone soooo far in to the process, we decided to absorb the financial debt. the donor produced 22 eggs, 11 were fertilized via ICSI.

    we transferred 1 embryo on day 3. three embryos were frozen.
    unfortunately neither the 'fresh embryo' or the frozen embryo transfer were successful.
    our current dilemma is should we pursue another egg donation process????!!! we have estimated the cost at between $33-36,000. This cost is due to the fact that our health insurance will not cover any of the appointments, medications or the retreival and transfer process.
    any advice or encouragement, or discouragement (is that a word?*!) would be appreciated.

  2. Christina November 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    I am a 29 year old mother of three with a husband who has just finished law school and myself in my third year of school. My sister was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was told that she may not be able to have children. She more than anyone I have ever met, wants desperatly to have children. I have been blessed with three little ones, and not one of them planned. God does work in mysertious ways, which is why I have decided to fill out a donor application. Besides the fact that the money will helpe with our mountain of college loans, it will give us the chance to help someone like my sister. I do hope that the process go on without a hitch and that there is someone out there who would like the opportunity to use my eggs to make their life complete.

  3. Anonymous April 26, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    I have a beautiful son, now aged 11, who was conceived using my husbands sperm and egg donation. I always think of him as my special child as after the birth of my daughter I went through an early menopause at the age of 30 and was told I would never have another child. Fortunately a friend of my sister offered her eggs for donation (no money involved) which put me at the top of the egg donation list. I must say the process was easy for me, the fact that it worked first time was amazing. I have one question though, should I tell my son or not mention it to him. I often wonder if he found out when I was gone, how would he feel about me! My husband says I should forget about it and not mention it again, but I love him so much and would hate for anything to come between us. I just read that even though he is not genetically my son, biologically, he is. I just wish I knew the right thing to do

    • Kristen June 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      To Anonymous,

      Honestly I see no reason to tell him. He IS biologically yours. It doesn’t matter that he only has his genes. However, it is up to you whether or not he is told. You know your son best so you can assume his reaction. I wouldn’t think he would turn on you or anything because of that. Maybe wait till he’s older and can fully understand it. But remember it’s not something you have to do. Now I will say that in my situation it was a little different. Similar but different. I am adopted and my parents told me the first time when I was 4. I remember it perfectly, but I also remember not really understanding it. All I could think of was Little Orphan Annie lol. Anyway, it’s something you and your husband should talk about and agree on together in my opinion. Good luck on your decision!

  4. Patty May 5, 2010 at 1:14 am #

    I donated my eggs before it was in "vogue". It has been about 14 yrs. I was happy to do it and would have done it again if asked. I hope and pray that it was successful. I never knew. The Hershey Medical Center was fantastic and I know they are continuing the program even today.

  5. Anonymous May 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    I'm curious to find out if anyone who has ever donated has ever had pain from giving away their genetic child. I feel so selfish feeling this way and haven't been able to find a support group for it. I helped quite a few people in my early twenties. The children are now grown adults and I see their pictures and have always thought of them, loved them and cared about them. I'm not crazy and I'm not a lunatic. But, if anyone had told me that the genetic mother would feel such a bond to her given away "egg" children, I would have never done this. Don't get me wrong. I am proud of these beautiful human beings, these incredible children and thankful to these couples who I helped and gave part of myself to. However, to say it doesn't hurt is a lie. I only helped people who promised to be honest with their children and I looked forward to the day when I could meet them as grown ups. But now these parents have never told their children the truth and the promise to me has been broken. Where does this benefit the children? To never "really" know who they are? To never know their true family history. I know my egg doesn't make me their "mother" as in I couldn't nurture them growing up. But, loving them is something that was never away from my heart. They are a part of me. It's been almost 20 years and I feel the ache in my heart. Anyone who agrees to do this should consider all people involved. If a promise is made to tell the children the truth about who they are, it should be done. We give a huge gift. And 20 years ago it wasn't about the money, believe me. It's not like today. It hurts many of us who gave a piece of ourselves. I know many are going to find this hard to read, but twenty years from now you can judge for yourself how you will feel. Thanks for listening.

  6. Anonymous June 7, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    I am getting ready to do my first cycle of DE. Despite the costs, my husband and I decided to go ahead and pay the large sum of money for the 100% gaurentee program for the fear we would have more costs if we needed multiple cycles. I have a question….I'm really struggling with whether or not to tell our child they are not genetically mine. No one in my family knows that we are using a DE. Any suggestions?

    Anonymous K

    • DE August 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

      I think you should definately tell them, With all the love and care that you will give to those children, I dont think they will care. and as for your family, Let them know, you never know, you might get more support that you even expected.

  7. Hilokid June 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    My wife and i think it's really important to eventually let both of our DE children know their origins (and done in an age-appropriate way, and starting early, so it's not news that's suddenly sprung on them). Not telling them would be akin to not telling your kid s/he's adopted, in our opinion. It's probably impossible to keep it a secret from them for their entire lives — they'll root through your personal files after you're gone, for instance — and if they do find out, the resentment they might feel towards you will far outweigh any difficulties in knowing that half of their genetic material came from a different woman. It's been my own personal experience that having information about me withheld from me has been much more difficult than anything inherent in the information itself. My two cents.

  8. n4omi June 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    hi everyone,
    Im Naomi, 29 from London.
    I have recently joined an egg sharing program. I want to freeze some of my eggs for the future, in exchange for donating some to other women. having a child & being a mum, means so much to me, that i can totally apreciate how much it would mean to other women.
    im enjoying reading the stories of joy on here. it all confirms that i am doing the right thing for myself and others.

  9. DC August 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    I am 31 years of age and reside in the Virgin Islands. At 29 I was diagnosed with stage 5 endometriosis and was told that I could never have children naturally. I was doing research and found GREFI. Although the process was expensive, I took the risks. I nor only conceived on my first try, But I was able to donate my eggs some someone that has issues with her ovaries, and I’m hoping that she was able to have a child. I have a beautiful child and she has made me the happiest woman on earth.

  10. lola August 1, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    I am 45 and after some previous complications, we are going to be recipients of egg donation in September. I know the success rate is still only about 60 %. Is there any advice anyone can give. I m a bit nervous of things not working out but it has a better rate than with my own eggs. My husband will be the sperm donor so the child will be 50% our genes.
    Our donor looks a lot like me. I’m just not quite sure how to feel.

  11. sad lady February 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    I Had one cancalled cycle this month , i produced 20 eggs , 15 were muture , 11 fertized upnormaly , 4 fetlized normally , only one 1 fertliizes egg devided into 4 cells embryos and stopped .
    my Dr sais my eggs arrested and it is my eggs problem and suggested to change the protocol this time ?
    Any simillar experience ?