Infertility affects many people for a variety of reasons. One option for women affected is to use donor eggs to conceive. It was previously believed that children conceived by egg donor would not have any of the genetic information of the birth mother and this could often be difficult for infertile women to come to terms with. However, groundbreaking research by scientists at a fertility clinic in Valencia has now revealed that infertile mothers who use donor eggs do pass fragments of their DNA to the child.
It is becoming more and more common for women to postpone motherhood, particularly where they choose to focus on their careers before starting a family. However, research suggests that fertility starts to fall significantly from the age of 38. This recent piece of research will be reassuring for many women who will elect to conceive by donor eggs.
If you are planning to use donor eggs to conceive, it is important that you obtain legal advice before you do so as the law can vary depending on your circumstances and who you have chosen as your donor, whether it be an anonymous donor or someone that you know.
If you require legal advice on issues surrounding assisted reproduction or any other aspect of family law, please contact one of our specialist surrogacy solicitors on 0161 941 4000.