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A donor that smokes

This is often a question raised by couples choosing a donor.  The facts and considerations are as follows:

–          The medical body governing gamete donation has allowed donors to be smokers, as detailed in the Guidelines for Gamete Donation in South Africa.

–          It is not true that non-smoking donors produce better or worse quality or quantity eggs than smokers.

Exactly what causes one woman’s egg reserve and quality to be different to another woman’s is not known. There are age, lifestyle and genetic factors that can be contributors. Certainly age is a definite factor, however some smokers in their 40’s conceive naturally and some extremely health conscious woman in their 20’s or 30’s can have premature ovarian failure.