What will I know about my donor?
Egg donation is completely anonymous, but the law makes it possible to reveal to the future mother the general physical characteristics of the female donor
Women who are going to have in vitro fertilization treatment with donated eggs often wonder what they will know about the donor. What interests do they have? What sort of education has she had? What are her hobbies? According to the law, egg donation is anonymous in Spain. So, we will just have general information about the donor regarding her physical characteristics. What we do know is that she will be a young and caring woman who has made this gesture in order to help another woman become a mother.
In Europe, egg donors are young women between the ages of 18 and 35 whose sole motivation in over half of these cases is to help other women to be mothers. One in three donors has a college degree, and one in two already has one child.
Eugin’s donors are young women, with an average age of 26. Two out of three donors make the donation out of altruism and 71% have secondary level studies at least. Most of these women are currently working, so the financial motivation for donation is a minority choice amongst them.
Achieving maximum similarity
You can be sure that between the donor and you there will be a great similarity in physical characteristics such as race, skin tone, and colour of hair or eyes. To achieve this, our medical team carries out a customised match between donor and recipient, trying to obtain the highest phenotypic and immunological similarity. Thus, it will be possible to facilitate the baby’s integration within the family environment.
Whenever possible, we will also assign donors who have a matching blood group, that is, who correspond to the natural concordance of the mother and father’s groups.
Julie: “At first I found it hard to accept, today I’m a happy woman”
Treatments with egg donation are consolidated medical procedures based on long experience, which have enabled us to achieve pregnancy for thousands of women throughout Europe. In fact, today one in 10 European patients following a treatment of this type do it at Eugin.
This is Julie’s case, a French patient who had her first child through in vitro fertilisation with donor eggs: “at first I found it quite hard to accept that I would need another woman’s eggs to get pregnant”, she says. “But today, when I see my son, with those blue eyes like mine, I just think about how much I love him, how much I wanted to have him and how happy I am to have him here with me”, she says.
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