Donor Embryo

Egg donation has helped many families struggling with conception to achieve parenthood.

The use of donor eggs involves retrieving eggs from someone other than the intended parent, fertilizing the egg in a laboratory, and the resulting embryo is transferred into the recipient’s uterus through in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Who can benefit from the use of donor eggs?

  • Someone with absent or poorly functioning ovaries caused by premature menopause or diminished ovarian reserve
  • Someone who has experienced repeated failed IVF cycles
  • Someone who is of advanced reproductive age
  • Someone who has undergone cancer treatments or other treatments affecting egg quality
  • Male couples who wish to parent
  • Single men who wish to parent

Donor Eggs: Fresh vs. Frozen

There are two options available to you when considering using a donor’s eggs: fresh or frozen.

Fresh Egg Donor Cycle

  • Eggs come from a donor selected from an agency or a known donor and you receive all retrieved eggs from that treatment cycle.
  • Eggs are fertilized with sperm immediately after retrieval to creating embryos to then transfer to the recipient.

Frozen Egg Donor Cycle

  • Frozen eggs are typically available from an anonymous donor in batches (cohorts) of 6 to 8. Multiple cohorts might be required to reach your family building goals, and more than one cohort can often be purchased from the same donor.
  • Frozen eggs are thawed and inseminated with sperm to create embryos to then transfer to the recipient.

You may also choose to use an anonymous or known donor for fresh or frozen donor egg options. Using an anonymous donation requires working with an agency to select your egg donor, while known donors can be a friend or relative.




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