Donor Egg Program

The mission of our Donor Egg Program is to help couples unable to conceive from their own eggs have a baby through the help of an egg donor.

 

Candidates for donor eggs include:

  • Women of older reproductive age (typically mid to late forties).
  • Younger women whose ovaries fail prematurely for an unknown reason or as a result of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination.
  • Women who were born without functioning ovaries.
  • Women with certain genetic disorders.

We have numerous egg donors available to meet couples’ needs. The identity of donors selected from the donor pool will not be divulged beyond general physical characteristics, education, other pertinent personal information, and possibly a childhood picture.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

for-recipients

Am I a candidate for donor egg?

Typically, women who have significantly reduced, or no, ovarian function are candidates for the donor egg program. Sometimes ovarian failure is a natural result of the aging process and in some women menopause can occur in the mid thirties or sooner, a condition known as premature menopause. Women who have had cancer chemotherapy and/or high dose radiation treatments for cancer are often also candidates for donor eggs. As long as a woman is in good health, and has her uterus, donor egg IVF can be effective until late in life. However, most programs set an upper age limit for donor egg recipients. Our program’s maximum age limit is 50 years old.

How long does the process take?

The length of the process varies. The patient has a consultation with the doctor, undergoes screenings, selects an egg donor and then the stimulation cycle begins.

What is a shared cycle?

A shared cycle is one in which a single donor is used for two or more recipients in the same cycle. The primary advantage is reduced cost because the egg donor fee is shared.

Can a family member donate eggs to me?

Yes, provided she passes our donor screening process.

What are the success rates when using donor eggs?

Fortunately, donor egg IVF success rates are typically high. Egg quality is a major factor influencing IVF success rates and it is directly related to age. An egg donor in our program must be between the ages of 21-32. Donor egg success rates are typically equivalent to the age group of the donor as long as other health issues are not present in the recipient. For example, if the eggs of a 21 year old donor are used in a cycle with a 44 year old recipient, the success rates will coincide with the 21 year old age group.

Are egg donors commonly used?

The use of egg donors has been significantly increasing over the past decade due to many reasons, such as women establishing their careers and waiting longer to start a family.

How do the donor’s eggs become fertilized?

The embryologists will attempt to fertilize the eggs using your partner’s sperm or a donor sperm.

What if I’m interested in donating my eggs?

If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, visit our egg donor page to learn more.