Is An Egg Donor Right for You?

Using an egg donor is an option for women who are unable to produce quality eggs to achieve pregnancy. If you are having issues with fertility, discuss egg donation with the fertility specialist.


Who would benefit from using an egg donor?

Certain women should consider egg donation when fertility issues arise. These people include women who:

  • Are 40 years old and older
  • Have high follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels
  • Have low ovarian response during prior in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles
  • Have a history of using chemotherapy or radiation
  • Had surgical removal of both ovaries
  • Has premature ovarian failure
  • Are unable to get pregnant after multiple IVF cycles


What are the benefits of using an egg donor?

With the use of donor eggs, our fertility center has seen clinical pregnancy rates greater than 70% per each donation cycle. Egg donation has many benefits over adoption. The donor provides half of the genetic makeup, while male counterpart of the recipient couple provides the other half. The female recipient of the donor egg is able to enjoy the prenatal experience, including pregnancy, delivery, and breast-feeding.


What clinical pregnancy rates are associated with using an egg donor?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), rates include:

  • Retrievals – 95%
  • Transfers – 92%
  • Pregnancy – 70%


Can use of an egg donor result in complications?

A few risks must be considered, as with all assisted reproductive technology procedures. These are:

  • Miscarriage for 10-15% of pregnancies that result from donor eggs and IVF.
  • Multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, quads) when two or more blastocysts are transferred.
  • Procedure complications, such as infection, bleeding, cramping, and structure damage.


Are egg donors anonymous?

Egg donors can come from known or anonymous women, depending on the preferences of the donor and the recipient couple. Known donors are usually women the couple knows on a personal level, such as a relative or friend. An anonymous egg donor’s identity is kept hidden, and the couple only knows about the woman’s characteristics, such as hair color, eye color, and height.


Is use of egg donation common?

Using donor eggs has become more common for women who are 40 years old and older. Around 12% of all ART procedures involve donor eggs, and this technique has a high success rate for pregnancy. Women who chose to use freshly donated eggs have a 43% chance of becoming pregnant.


How is the donated egg inserted into my uterus?

The procedure for egg donation and implantation are similar to standard IVF. The woman who receives the egg must first take a course of hormone medications, so she will maintain the pregnancy. After the donor egg is fertilized in the laboratory, the resulting embryo is inserted into the woman’s uterus, which is done using a small catheter placed through the cervix.


Does the egg donor have any legal rights to the baby?

The egg donor signs an extensive legal contract waiving all parental rights. The egg donor does not have any responsibility for the welfare and support of the baby. However, some couples may choose to let the egg donor visit the baby under third-party custody. As the fertility specialist about these considerations.


How are egg donors paid?

The egg donor is paid by the recipient couple, and the amount is negotiated through the fertility center. Both parties sign a contract, specifying the expenses of the entire donation and retrieval process.