a donor egg cycle use another woman’s egg (usually a young healthy and fertile donor) which is then fertilized and implanted into the intended parent’s uterus.
why use a donor
if a couple cannot get pregnant using their own eggs for ivf, they may want to consider using donor eggs. donor eggs (and sometimes donor embryos) allow an infertile woman to carry a child and give birth. there are several reasons couples may turn to egg donation. they include:
we work with the best egg donor agencies around. we are in the process of setting up an internal mate egg bank, but at the moment we work with third parties. all the egg donor agencies we work with are meticulously chosen. the egg donors go through a rigorous physical and mental screening process discussing family medical history, genetics and much more. you can be assured that frozen egg donors have passed all of this screening.
how to choose a donor
because you don’t have to worry about the basics, you can focus on other qualities that may be important to you. some criteria you might think about include:
we are working on partnering with various egg donor agencies that have a large selection of donated frozen eggs in storage. whatever your preferences are, we have a large network of healthy egg donors that want to help you on your path to parenthood.
how will the donor be involved
the use of donor eggs is becoming more common, especially among women over 40 who may not be able to use their own eggs. in 2018, over 42% of all ivf cycles using fresh donor eggs resulted in a birth!
usually, people will want their egg donors to be anonymous. if you use eggs from an agency, that donor will never have contact with you or your child. however, some people prefer to use donor eggs from people they know, or even relatives. if the donor knows the intended parents, the donor may wish to be a part of the child’s life. an egg donor contract should always be used and will explicitly lay out the terms of any future relationship, even when the donor is a friend or relative.
the egg donor process
the process of using an egg donor is very similar to a standard ivf cycle, without going through an egg retrieval. after your fertility assessment and treatment plan has been decided, the partner receiving the donor egg will need a course of hormone treatments to prepare their uterus and body for a transfer. if you are using frozen eggs, the eggs will be sent to our clinic, fertilized by our embryologist, and once an embryo is created, it will be transferred into your uterus.
if you are using a fresh egg donor, the donor will also be treated with hormones to induce ovulation. you will be treated with hormones to time the donors retrieval and your transfer perfectly. (timing is very important in fertility medicine). once they are ready, the eggs will then be retrieved and fertilized. a few days later, the embryo will be transferred into your uterus.
couples using donor eggs must pay for the entire process. if you are using a known donor, this means you will have to pay for your own procedure, and any medical expenses from the donor – including procedures, costs of eggs, medical expenses and any complications that may arise from the process. check with your doctor to understand what these risks may be.
the donor usually gets a fixed fee for the use of their eggs. all of the donor fees and procedure costs are usually baked into the cost of the eggs. if couples want to have multiple kids they may want to explore using the same donor for all of their pregnancies.