Using An Egg Donor

IVF babyWhen a complete fertility workup indicates donor eggs are the best hope for having a baby, your fertility specialist may recommend this as an option.

Possible Candidate for Egg Donation

Egg donation sometimes offers a pathway to parenthood for those with the following conditions:

  • Infertility related to cancer treatments such as chemotherapy
  • A history of unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Women with premature ovarian failure
  • Low ovarian reserve (High FSH levels)
  • Family history of genetic disease

Egg Donor Qualification Requirements

Women considering becoming egg donors should be:

  • 21-32 years old
  • Non-smoker
  • Healthy weight
  • In a monogamous relationship
  • Free of substance abuse history
  • In good health with no chronic medical or genetic diseases
  • Experiencing regular menstrual cycles when not taking birth control
  • Willing to participate in a full screening process with psychological exam

Choosing An Egg Donor

At most centers the egg donor’s identity is not revealed; this is considered an anonymous donor. Candidates are carefully screened and information about their personal appearance, medical history, educational background and hobbies. This information from the egg donor is provided to the potential parents, but egg donors remain anonymous.

Couples opting for a known donor may choose a family member or friend. Some also seek an egg donor through the use of personal ads or similar venues. These arrangements, while successful for certain couples, are often more complicated.

Egg Donor Treatment Cycler

Egg Donor cycles require in vitro fertilization. The donor eggs are retrieved and fertilized in the laboratory using a sperm sample. Three to five days after retrieval, embryo transfer is performed.

Egg donation is an excellent option for some couples. DFW Fertility Associates offers an outstanding egg donor program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area including Southlake, Keller, Grapevine, Colleyville, and Denton.

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