Today’s post is a guest post provided by Heidi Hayes of Donor Egg Bank USA. She is sharing glimpses of her story as well as the emotions involved in the the process of selecting donor eggs. I know many of you who are going through a donor egg or embryo adoption cycle right now, and I can only imagine the rollercoaster of emotions you are going through. I hope that this post is useful to you. If you are considering using a donor egg in your fertility treatment in the future, I hope this post helps you prepare for what to expect as you embark on this new journey.
More than 7.4 million women face fertility challenges in the United States. Every year, thousands of couples within that group look into the option of frozen donor egg IVF, but few are prepared for the emotional whirlwind that awaits them: impatience, hope, disappointment, joy, and everything in between. However, thanks to advanced technological treatments and nation-wide donor egg banks, frozen donor egg IVF is becoming more and more common. As more couples and individuals seek this option to grow their families, and start to speak out about their experiences, the emotional journey of frozen donor egg IVF is finally becoming something we can talk about.
Knowing some of the common emotions that may come up during IVF treatment can help you identify your feelings and allow you to take better care of yourself, your relationship, and your family.
Having dealt with unexplained infertility early in my marriage and trying everything from IVF to adoption, I know what the emotional landscape of this journey looks like. There are peaks, valleys, and more than a few bumps along the way. Today, I am an advocate for women, the CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA, and mother to three beautiful children. I would like to offer you the road map that I never had. My hope is that with this knowledge, you can better prepare your heart and mind for the many emotions that come with frozen donor egg IVF.