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Details the counseling of the recipient couple of egg donation.

Counseling of the recipients

Some clinics, will only accept couples for receiving donated eggs if they are either married or in a stable relationship. The recipient woman and her male partner should be aware that they would be the legal parents of any child or children for all purposes and will be responsible for all the costs related to rearing the child.

Counselors may ask the couple how they feel about accepting eggs from someone they know well and are going to be in contact with versus receiving eggs from a complete stranger with only limited details to go on.

The recipient couple should also be aware of the possible outcome of treatment and the likelihood that pregnancy and live birth may not occur, that they may suffer side effects of medication and the risks of treatment including multiple pregnancy.

Several important points might be considered when being counseled including the extent to which genetic and infectious screening was performed on the donor, the cost of treatment, and the decision as to whether to tell the child of his or her origin.

It is important to note that no screening program can be totally guaranteed. There is a small risk of passing on an infectious and genetic disease including cystic fibrosis.

The use of donated eggs to achieve pregnancy in women beyond the age of the natural menopause remains controversial. These women should be counseled about the welfare of the potential offspring as well as the risks of pregnancy and labor in older women.

The question arise by some potential recipient is whether to tell or not to tell the child of the donation. Several studies reported a greater willingness of parents to disclose donor conception to the child .

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