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FROM LOSS COMES HOPE

The emotional impact of egg donation

Britta Dinsmore, Ph.D., psychological consultant at Oregon Reproductive Medicine helps explain the psychological impact on women when they hear from their doctor that it’s time consider egg donation.

When a woman’s doctor tells her that it is unlikely she will be able to use her own eggs to conceive a child and that it is time to consider egg donation, the emotional impact on her can be profound. The need to consider egg donation means something different to each woman, and the stage she is at on her fertility journey can play an important role in shaping her emotional response and well-being to this news.

A woman who seeks a consultation knowing or suspecting ahead of time that she may have difficulty conceiving (due to age or existing medial conditions) may experience a sense of gratefulness that there is a recommended treatment option with high success rates. Women who have experienced multiple treatment failures, miscarriages, or ectopic pregnancies may experience a sense of relief at being presented with a treatment option that will significantly reduce the chances of having to experience another such painful and discouraging outcome.

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