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The Difference Between IVF and Egg Donation

When it comes to conceiving, there’s no one or right way to bring a child into the world. While it may be simple for some couples, others can try for years with little success. When conceiving naturally begins to seem unlikely, many couples will turn to assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Understanding Infertility

Infertility is an umbrella term that describes a number of different medical issues, abnormalities, and conditions. Infertility in women can manifest itself as:

  • the inability to produce eggs.
  • the inability to produce healthy eggs.
  • the inability to produce eggs, but the ability to carry a child.
  • having healthy eggs but being unable to carry a child.

In men, infertility can be due to low sperm count or unhealthy sperm.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In vitro fertilization, also known as IVF, is a common type of assisted reproductive technology. Most simply put, IVF is a procedure that helps sperm fertilize an egg outside of a woman’s uterus (typically in a lab). Once one or several eggs have been successfully fertilized, they’ll be implanted in a woman’s uterus.

Egg Donation

If a woman can not conceive due to unhealthy eggs but is able to carry a child, she may choose to use a donor egg — another woman’s egg that gets fertilized and placed in the intended mother.

The Difference Between IVF and Donor Eggs

IVF and the use of a donor egg are two separate procedures. But because both are often necessary for a woman to conceive, they’re often used interchangeably.

If a woman has healthy eggs, she can use her own throughout the IVF procedure.

If an intended mom has unhealthy or absent eggs, she may opt to have a donor egg fertilized with her partner’s sperm through IVF.

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