Science has allowed infertile couples to conceive through the use of egg donors. One of the challenges infertile couples need to face, however, is how to choose the potential egg donor. Because couples only want the best for their children, here are some steps you can take to make sure that you get the best egg donor.
- Close relative. One of the first options that you should consider is close relatives. The advantage with getting egg donations from relatives is that you will know the full medical history that the person has. This is important because there are many diseases that are transferred genetically. One disadvantage, however, is that you will have limited privacy issues. The relative who has donated the egg will always be fully aware that your child was conceived using her eggs.
- Anonymous donor. On the other, you can also choose anonymous, which provide the most privacy. One of the advantages of the anonymous donor is that there is no chance of the donor becoming attached to your child. When a donor knows your child and gets attached, it can lead to problems and complications especially if the donor attempts to tell the child of how she was conceived. One disadvantage with anonymous donors, on the other hand, is that the complete medical history of the person cannot be fully and accurately established. There is the possibility that there are some genetic diseases which will be passed on to the children.
- Upbringing. You should also look for donors who have good upbringing. There is an ongoing debate between nurture and nature. One of the best ways for you to ensure the best for your child is to make sure that you get a donor with good upbringing and genetics. In terms of upbringing, you should check out the educational background of the person, as well as the interest and hobbies which the person has and which might be ‘present’ in the child. Some parents, for instance, want artistic donors that might produce children who are artistically inclined as well.
- Genetic factors. Also consider the genetic factors which the egg will have. For instance, eye color, skin, and hair are all genetically determined and can be predicted with reasonable accuracy based on the genes that are present from the egg donor. Other factors such as body type and height will have a higher likelihood of occurrence from donors who already have these attributes. Keep in mind, however, that genetics is also influenced by a variety of other factors such as food and lifestyle .a child from a tall donor will not necessarily become very tall unless supplemented by proper diet.
- Screening. Finally, make sure that the egg donor has been screened for at least the basic diseases that might be passed on genetically. Also check for infectious diseases. Remember also that women how have already conceived in the past have more chances of having eggs that will be successfully fertilized.
Through these steps, you should be able to get a good egg donor that will give you a healthy and lovable child.