As an intended parent searching for an egg donor women have often completed many screenings and testing themselves. What some numbers mean for an intended mother is often different then the expectation there would be for an egg donor. Measuring an egg donor’s AMH is one of those factors.
AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) can help indicate a woman’s fertility. AMH helps to measure a woman’s remaining ‘ovarian reserve’ by measuring the number of follicles developing in the ovary at a specified time. Once the test is complete, a clinic will compare the results with those of women who are the same age. For some intended mothers when choosing to embark on IVF themselves, they will often go through a cycle when their AMH levels are lower than desired but the expectation of what an ”acceptable” level changes when choosing an egg donor.
Are you wondering, what is a good egg donor AMH?
Below is a chart from www.fertileheart.com explaining the most common measurement of AMH.
Measurement of Anti-Mullerian Hormone Levels
|High AMH||Over 3.0ng/ml|
|Normal AMH||Over 1.0ng/ml|
|Low Normal AMH||0.7-0.9ng/ml|
|Very low AMH||Less than 0.3ng/ml|
You will want to consult with your physician to decide if your donors AMH levels are acceptable for completing an egg donation cycle.
One benefit to initially screening a woman’s AMH is that it can be done at any point during a woman’s cycle. A donor does not have to wait until a specific time in her cycle in order to have screening completed. This is a major benefit to intended parents who are looking to qualify an egg donor immediately.
AMH, is a simple test that can be done to save an intended parent(s) from investing both financially and emotionally in an egg donor. Egg Donor Solutions understands that finding out if a first time donor has the appropriate level of fertility before completing a cycle is important to intended parents.
Screenings and Legalities
Each egg donor goes through specific screenings at the point that they are chosen. These screenings are mandatory to all egg donors. Each donor will go through both a physical and a psychological screening before they are able to be committed to an egg donation cycle. If you choose to work with an agency they will help facilitate that screening with your clinic. It is highly recommended when using an egg donor you have a contract in place that both you and the egg donor sign legal agreements before you move forward. This ensures all expectations of the cycle currently and for the future are mutually agreed upon between both parties. This is still not a standard procedure but highly recommended in all donor/recipient matches.
Options for future contact
Another important element of the agreement is establishing a way for IPs to contact the donor in the future for medical updates, questions or in the event their children want to reach out when they are older. This is typically done via the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR), a nonprofit organization that facilitates connections between donor-conceived people, egg donors, sperm donors, siblings and recipient parents through its website.
When the DSR is included in the agreement, IPs pay the membership fee for themselves and the donor, who is required to register with the site and keep her information current. IPs and donors can choose to remain unidentified to one another and communicate strictly through the DSR, or they may choose to exchange names and personal contact information.
Finding the Hard Stuff
It can be hard for infertile couples to locate an egg donor based on some of their needs. Each donor is required to fill out a family history. This will enable intended parents to pick an egg donor based on many qualities such as how a donor looks, genetic traits, ethnic heritage, as well as other things that are passed down through genetics. When searching for certain things may find that there are harder to find if you run into this evaluate if that is a ”must” or just a ”would be nice”. That may free you up to find a donor that you just fall in love with, and some advice from fellow Recipient Parents.
No matter what qualities you want from an egg donor, remember to be confident in your decisions, and pick a donor that you feel really good about. Take the time to find the right egg donor for you. If you are interested in working with an Egg Donation Agency that is committed to helping you find the donor that is best for you please call Egg Donor Solutions today.