Becoming an Egg Donor
Assisted reproduction using donated sperm is not a new practice. Such donations occurred in biblical times and sperm donation has been a common practice for many years. However, it has only been in the last decade that the practice of donating oocytes (eggs) has become a technological reality. Our practice first offered the option of egg donation in 1991. The results were so encouraging that the program has grown yearly and the success rates continue to be above the national average. As you consider this exciting reproductive option, we would like to introduce you to our program at The Institute For Reproductive Health.
The process of egg donation, although originally expected to be utilized by women who had no ovaries or who were carriers of genetically transmissible diseases, has proven to serve many women who have been unable to conceive using their own eggs. The procedure makes it possible for the recipient couple to experience the entire gestational process and birth experience. Egg donation allows us to circumvent the age-related decline in egg quality that is now widely recognized.
We have found that patient preparation is of the utmost importance prior to beginning a donor egg cycle. Almost all couples have both physical and psychological issues and concerns that must be addressed in order to begin the cycle with confidence. Special attention is paid in providing couples with written material, as well as face-to-face contact, in order to assist them in information gathering and preparation for egg donation. This pamphlet is intended to acquaint you with the process of egg donation and to provide basic information. If after reading it you have any questions, please contact our office and ask to speak to an IVF nurse. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
If you'd like to begin the process of becoming an egg donor, please complete our brief online eligibility questionnaire.