Egg donation is the process whereby a woman uses oocytes from a donor to fulfill her desire of becoming a mother. The oocytes from the donor will be combined with spermatozoa from the recipient couple to produce embryos; these will be transferred to the recipient in order to achieve the longed-for pregnancy. As such, oocytes donation makes the miracle of life possible for women who would not be able to have children any other way. Recommended in the case of:

  • Older women
  • Women with ovarian failure due to menopause, premature ovarian failure or ovarian surgery (Primary ovarian failure is when menstruation does not begin during puberty)
  • Women who cannot use their own oocytes, due to poor quality or because of hereditary diseases that cannot be detected by PGD techniques; women who have repeatedly failed to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization
  • Women whose ovaries are inaccessible for obtaining oocytes
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Chromosomal abnormalities in the woman or her embryos
  • Repeated failure with IVF is when women do not respond to ovarian stimulation

Before everything else can happen, egg donors must apply to our egg donation program, go through an initial screening and two rounds of interviews (one with our clinical coordinators and another with our physicians) as well as some testing. Only the donor applicants who pass all these screening steps will be added to our egg donor program, and can be matched with a recipient couple. In the next step, the egg donor will self-administer daily injections of a medication called Lupron to suppress her natural cycle, so that her and the recipient's cycles are synchronized. During the ovarian stimulation phase, the egg donor uses daily injections of gonadotropin to stimulate her ovaries. In a natural cycle, only one egg matures; gonadotropins injections encourage more than one egg to mature for retrieval. During ovarian stimulation, the egg donors are monitored closely through blood tests and ultrasound, ensuring that the ovaries are responding well. When the ultrasound imaging shows that the donor's eggs have sufficiently developed, the donor will be instructed to trigger ovulation with an injection of hCG. Two days later, her eggs are retrieved in a short in-office procedure, called egg retrieval. While the donor is asleep (under I.V. sedation), one of our physicians will use aspiration needle, guided by ultrasound, to transvaginal retrieve the eggs. The donor will be required to take the rest of the day off to recover. The retrieved eggs are fertilized with partner's or a donor's sperm. Normally, embryos are transferred into the recipient's uterus on day 3 after donor egg retrieval (on rare occasions on day 5). The donor will be required to return to our center for a post-retrieval checkup, so that we can make sure that the donor is recovering properly from both the ovarian stimulation and retrieval. From the start of the Lupron injections to egg retrieval, egg donation is a 3-5-week process for most of the egg donors. If you wish, visit the doctor and consult an expert physician for egg donation method.