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Thursday, 14 September 2023 06:04

Will My Baby Look Like Me Using Donor Eggs?

For many prospective parents considering egg donation, questions like, “Will my child resemble me if I use a donor egg?”, “Do children conceived through IVF resemble their biological parents?”, and “Does a child born from an egg donation have genetic ties to the birth mother?” are common concerns. The answer varies based on the situation. If using a donor egg through IVF is the chosen path, then the next step is to find the right donor. Picking the right donor is a pivotal decision when addressing infertility and considering the future development of the child.

The rise in infertility cases is undeniable, as experts have noted. Fortunately, there are several options available today for those facing infertility, such as in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, and IVF using donor eggs. However, navigating these challenges can be emotionally taxing for couples.

When contemplating the use of donor eggs for IVF, recipients often grapple with numerous concerns. A common fear among women is the potential lack of a biological connection to their child, given that the baby will inherit genetic material from both the egg and sperm donors.

Determining Factors

To the question, “Will a child born from a donor egg look like its birth mother?”, many might instinctively respond with “no”. But a simple “no” isn't entirely accurate.

A combination of factors determines the resemblance between children conceived with donor eggs and their birth mothers. The method of choosing your egg donor plays a significant role. Typically, donors from egg banks undergo rigorous evaluations based on their appearance, ethics, family and medical history, and more.

By influencing the physical attributes of the egg donor, you indirectly influence the genetic traits of the potential offspring. This can even extend to influencing certain predetermined qualities and traits of the child. Moreover, there are natural methods that the intended mother can use to increase the chances of conceiving a child of a specific gender with a donor egg.

Phenotypic Expression

Despite using donor eggs, it's possible for your child to bear a resemblance to you. Various factors during fetal development, such as gene expression within the amniotic fluid and womb, leave a lasting imprint. Every individual has a genotype, which is the genetic code determining traits like height and eye color, and a phenotype, which is the outward expression of these genes. Minute quirks, like facial expressions and even one's sense of smell, are part of the phenotype.

Two individuals might share the same genotype but exhibit different phenotypes due to their maternal environments. For example, identical twins can have unique features that set them apart. A child might inherit the shape of their lips from their father, but their smile might mirror the expressions of their birth mother.

Appearance of a Child from an Anonymous Egg Donor

Egg donor banks typically offer two choices: Anonymous Egg Donor and Open Identity Egg Donor.

A common misconception is that using a donor egg erases all genetic resemblances. While it's true that a donated egg won't carry your genetic material, the child might still inherit some of your traits or personality.

Understanding that a child conceived with a donor egg might not physically mirror you can be comforting. Environmental factors and upbringing play a significant role in a child's development, often having a more profound impact than genetics alone.

Searching for the Right Donor

Once the decision to use a donor egg for IVF is made, it's essential to establish criteria for selecting the donor. Prospective parents often look for:

  • Medical History: A comprehensive medical and family history can help mitigate potential health risks for the child.
  • Physical Attributes of the Donor: Some individuals prioritize physical resemblance, considering factors like ethnicity, height, weight, eye color, personality, and even educational background.
  • Interests and Achievements: Some also consider the donor's hobbies and achievements, although not all these traits are genetically passed down.

The Role of Love

The emotional journey of expectant parents opting for egg donation is profound. Whether or not the child looks like you becomes secondary to the more pressing question: Will you love them? The answer is a resounding yes. The bond between a parent and child transcends genetics, rooted deeply in care, affection, and mutual respect. That's what truly matters.




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Under Ukrainian law, surrogacy is a legal affordable option for traditionally married couples to have children using their own embryos, or with either an egg or sperm donor. There must be a medical reason you can’t carry a child. You are also able to participate if you have had 4 unsuccessful IVF attempts.