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Demographic differences between younger and older recipients seeking oocyte donation.

Journal of assisted reproduction and genetics. 
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An older population of women is now increasingly seeking infertility care. The number of these patients may in fact eclipse those of younger patients for whom the method of oocyte donation was initially designed and previously offered. As a group, these older individuals appear to be energetic and demanding, with high expectations regarding the performance and the effectiveness of their fertility care. Physicians need to exercise vigilance in order to emphasize that eggs are not being bought and sold as a commodity and that guarantees of pregnancies cannot be made. Nevertheless, whereas oocyte donation requires all parties, donor, recipient, and doctor, to work together toward a common goal, it still offers women of advanced reproductive age perhaps their best chance at conception, pregnancy, and parenthood.
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