Unfortunately, in the case of some couples the wish for a child of their own cannot be fulfilled. There is a variety of causes for this, both male and female:
- both ovaries were removed (e.g. because of malignant diseases)
- the function of the ovaries / the ovarian reserve is already exhausted due to age
- no development of sperm cells in the testicles (e.g. because of malignant diseases, inherited diseases or chemotherapy
In these cases an egg or sperm cell donation can be helpful. Naturally, it takes time for a couple to accept this type of treatment as it is painful to let go of the idea of having one’s ‘own’ (in a genetic way) child.