Female infertility is the most common reason for women or couples turning to Cryos for egg donors. Using donor eggs can be a great way to overcome infertility and has helped many people through the years.
Most heterosexual couples did not imagine that they would need help to have a child, and we understand that facing infertility can be emotional and require guidance and care. At Cryos we are here for you, and we are ready to assist you in every step of your way to become a parent. Read on to learn more about female infertility and how we can help to make your dream of a child come true.
What is infertility?
According to WHO, a couple is infertile when they have tried to become pregnant for a period of 12 months or more without success. In developing countries, approximately 1 out of 4 couples who are trying to conceive seek help due to fertility issues. This probably makes it more common than you might think.
Infertility can be caused by an issue with the sperm quality and/or the woman’s reproductive system. The most common reason for male fertility issues is the failure to produce enough healthy sperm cells to fertilize the egg. Some of the most common reasons for female infertility are the absence of ovulation or poor egg quality. In some cases, the cause of the problem may be unknown and referred to as unexplained infertility.
What causes female infertility?
Female infertility is when the cause can be found in the woman’s reproductive system. There can be different reasons for female infertility, for example:
Your body must produce and release an egg once a month. If this ovulation does not happen frequently, you may experience difficulties to conceive. Ovulation problems can be caused by hormonal disorders like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or problems in the ovary, such as premature ovarian failure
Poor egg quality
The quality of your eggs may be too low to obtain a healthy pregnancy with your own eggs. Women’s prime reproductive years are in their 20’s and early 30’s, and poor egg quality is often caused by age, but can in some cases also be a result of cancer treatment.
Blocked fallopian tubes
If your fallopian tubes are damaged or blocked, that can keep the sperm from reaching the egg or blocking the fertilized egg from getting into the uterus.
Endometriosis is also a common reason for infertility.
Remember that it is perfectly normal to need several tries before conceiving naturally. Trying for months without a positive pregnancy test does not mean that you are infertile, and if so, it does not mean that you cannot become parents. Most couples who experience infertility will achieve pregnancy at some point. If you are worried that something may reduce your chances of pregnancy, you and your partner can contact a fertility clinic that can run tests to make sure everything looks fine.
How to cope with female infertility?
You and your partner may react very differently when facing fertility issues. If a pregnancy is not obtained within the expected time frame or without help, you might have to readjust your expectations which can be both stressful and emotional. Here is some advice on how to cope with fertility issues:
- Be honest and talk to your partner about how you feel.
- Acknowledge your feelings – it is okay to be frustrated, sad, etc.
- Remember that infertility does not mean you cannot become parents. Keep trying and investigate the possibilities of having help to conceive.
- Let someone else know what you are going through. It may seem like a sensitive topic but remember that about 1 out of 6 couples experience fertility problems at some point, and the support from family, friends or a professional counsellor can be a major help.
Overcoming infertility – becoming parents with help from an egg donor
Donor eggs can be a good opportunity to treat female infertility. There are also other options such as adoption or co-parenting. If you choose fertility treatment with donor eggs, both of you, mother and father, will be able to have the parental rights of your child, and the child will be genetically related to the father.
When using donor eggs, you and your child will not share genes, but you can become pregnant, carry your child during the pregnancy, give birth, breastfeed, and most importantly, become a mother. Just as in any other family structure, you will raise the child with love and care, and your child will be yours regardless of the child being conceived with a little help.
Using donor eggs – what to consider?
If you have decided to use donor eggs for fertility treatment, there are some things you must consider before choosing your preferred egg donor. At Cryos you can choose between egg donors with a Basic or Extended Profile and egg donors with Adult Photos or possible future contact. To help you get started we have put together this guide on how to choose an egg donor.
Learn more about infertility and talk to others
We understand that fertility issues can be a sensitive topic but learning from others and sharing your thoughts can be a great comfort. That is why we encourage you to visit All About Fertility - a non-commercial online platform and forum supported by Cryos. Here you can find articles, webinars and videos created by experts within fertility, like doctors and scientists. The content covers both male and female fertility issues. On All About Fertility, you will find a Support Forum. This is for all who have questions about or experienced fertility problems and would like to have anonymous discussions with others in the same situation. It is a safe environment where you can talk about your situation, share your concerns, and help others struggling with the same issues.