In Vitro Fertilization with egg donation is an assisted reproduction treatment that has significantly increased in recent years due to two fundamental factors: the advanced maternal age and the influx of foreign patients who come to Spain to perform this technique that is either not performed or very difficult to access in their country.“Initially, egg donation is usually a difficult treatment to suggest to the patient. As a biological issue, genetic bereavement must first be understood and accepted by the patient who realizes that there is more than one path to motherhood," explains Dr. Pilar Alamá, gynecologist and director of the online course on Egg Donation at IVIRMA Global Education.
“For this reason, it is necessary for professionals to be up-to-date and familiar with the pros and cons of each case," she adds. Egg donation treatments account for almost half of the treatments performed in reproductive clinics, and knowledge of the technique is widespread among professionals. However, it is crucial to keep abreast of the latest developments in this field due to the constant changes in social paradigm and in issues of safety and protocol.
“In order to successfully conduct a treatment that complies with our country’s legal framework, aspects such as genetic matching between the donor and the couple or biovigilance are relatively new protocols that deserve our full attention,” warns Dr. Alamá. "In IVIRMA Global Education, we have developed a training program dedicated to Egg Donation to provide the specialist with the latest scientific innovations and protocols of this technique," adds the expert.
The medical and social aspects of egg donation
The objective of this course on Egg Donation is not only to provide information regarding treatment procedures but also to closely examine the current situation of egg donation in Spain and Europe and to address the role of each professional involved.
Understanding the role of each and every one of the specialists involved in a treatment such as egg donation is crucial. Teamwork is of utmost importance in order to obtain optimal results in this multidisciplinary treatment which brings together professionals from all fields: medicine, biology, nursing, psychology and patient care.
Background studies on the donors, the tests required for donor selection, the psychological assessment of both donors and recipients, and deciding whether to conduct the treatment with fresh or frozen eggs are just a few of the skills that the specialist will acquire in IVIRMA’s online course on Egg Donation.
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