This is a comprehensive guide to conceiving through egg donation, which looks at the entire egg donation process from a variety of angles. Please click any of the headings below to read the full article.
- Introduction Conceiving with donor eggs occurs in three stages: the donor search, the donor screening, and the IVF cycle. (Beginning to think about using donor eggs?)
- Adoption Using donor eggs means that your child will have a maternal genetic relationship to another woman, typically a complete stranger. (If it’s Not My Baby, Why Not Just Adopt?)
- Egg Donor Candidates IVF clinics & independent egg donor programs reach potential egg donors through advertising, mostly through Web and classified ads in newspapers. Put “egg donor” into any search engine (Who Would Want to Be an Egg Donor?)
- Finding an Egg Donor If your in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic has its own egg donation program, you may find your donor through their own pool. (Finding Your Egg Donor through Your Own IVF Program)
- Using a Private Agency A number of companies, unaffiliated with any medical facility, serve as egg donor brokers. Finding a donor through an egg donation agency offers a number of advantages (Finding Your Egg Donor through a Private Agency)
- Egg Donor Profiles Choosing an egg donor, just as with every other part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process, can be stressful. Unlike other components of assisted reproduction, there is no science to it. (Evaluating Egg Donor Profiles)
- Out-of-Town Egg Donors Some egg donors are able to travel to donate their eggs; be aware that if you choose a donor beyond the vicinity of your clinic, you will be responsible for (Using an “Out-of-Town” Egg Donor)
- Repeat Egg Donors ASRM guidelines allow any one egg donor to go through up to six egg donation cycles. Any candidates who have donated eggs before should be clearly marked (Does Using a Repeat Egg Donor Offer Any Advantage?)
- Confidentiality and Anonymity When working with a private egg donation agency, provided there is mutual consent between egg donor and recipient, the relationship can be as closed or as open as both parties desire. (Anonymity and Openness in the Egg Donor/Recipient Relationship)
- Signing the Contract Once you’ve made your choice, signed a contract with the egg donation agency, and paid the fees, your clinic can start the screening process. (Donor Reserving, Screening, and the Egg Donation Contract)
Katherine Benardo is Director of the Egg Donation Program at the Northeast Assisted Fertility Group (NAFG). Located in New York and Boston, NAFG is committed to creating happy, loving families through gestational surrogacy and egg donation.