What is Egg Donation?
The first pregnancy from egg donation occurred in 1984. This is a very successful form of fertility treatment, which involves the use of donated eggs from an egg donor (usually a younger woman). The egg donor has eggs removed from her ovaries and the eggs are donated to the recipient woman. These donated eggs are fertilized with sperm, and the embryos created are placed into the recipient’s uterus. The sperm may be from the recipient’s partner or may be from a sperm donor. In some cases the embryos created are transferred to a gestational carrier (surrogate). If a pregnancy is established, the intention is that after delivery the recipient is the legal parent of the offspring.
Who Would Benefit from Egg Donation?
Some of the women who would benefit from egg donation include those with:
- Premature ovarian failure where menopause has occurred at a very young age.
- Diminished ovarian reserve where the eggs produced are of poor quality.
- Risk of passing on genetic disease to their children.
- Absence of the ovaries.
- Ovarian failure due to chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.
- Multiple failed IVF cycles or lack of response to fertility drugs.
How Are Donors Selected?
The egg donors selected are either known or anonymous. Some patients choose an egg donor who is related to them; for example a sister or a cousin in order to have some commonality in the genes that will be passed on. The vast majority of patients use an anonymous donor from an egg donor agency. You will have access to information such as the physical appearance of the egg donor, ethnicity, education, hobbies, talents and the donor’s reason for donating in order to make your selection.
Donors must then undergo a rigorous screening in the form of a complete physical exam, medical/social screening, psychological evaluation, genetic screening and infectious disease screening as required by the FDA. The donors must also give informed consent for the procedure. Egg donors are also required to execute a legal contract. All donors are informed that by giving up their eggs, they sever all legal rights and duties to rear or have contact with any resulting children.
Out of State and International Patients
Dr. Hosseinzadeh over 20 years experience along with her commitment to do what is best for the patients makes her uniquely qualified to take care of you. Dr. Hosseinzadeh will conduct all of your appointments, unlike larger practices where you are treated by a variety of physicians and no one really knows your specific situation personally. We offer quality care in a small, boutique setting. Her years of experience gives her the ability to synchronize and coordinate the cycles of both donors and the intended parents in order to simplify the process for patients who are required to travel to our center. You will be given a calendar of what to expect and we will be with you at every step of the way, to hold your hand, give guidance and answer all your questions.
Read more about our International Egg Donor Program here.
I wouldn’t choose another clinic!
Dr. Hosseinzadeh made me so comfortable through the entire egg donation process. I felt confident that the egg retrieval was going to go smoothly. I wouldn’t choose another clinic! As a patient I would recommend this amazing clinic to all looking to start a family.