Working with Donor Eggs

For various reasons, many patients will use donor eggs at some point in their treatment journey. Whether you have an egg donor in mind or are just learning about the process, Life IVF Center is proud to offer our patients access to an experienced team and full suite of services around donor eggs.

Known vs. Anonymous Donation

When it comes to Donor Eggs, the Donor in question can be Known or Anonymous. There are somewhat different requirements associated with each.

  • Known Donors may be friends, family members, or anyone who has direct contact with the intended parents.
  • Anonymous Donors come from donor agencies or Life IVF Center’s Egg Bank Program to assist recipients while maintaining anonymity.

Fresh vs. Frozen: What’s the difference?

Both types of Egg Donor cases are popular, with each type having their own pros and cons

Screening Egg Donors:

All egg donor candidates, known or unknown, must pass evaluation and testing procedures according to the FDA regulations and ASRM guidelines to ensure the safety of all parties. Some conditions, such as having a tattoo or piercing within the past year, may require anonymous donors to make themselves known in order to sign waivers to proceed.

Our Third Party Reproductive (TPR) team is available to help you understand the entire donor egg process from start to finish and answer any questions.

Finding an Egg Donor

Given what we’ve explained above, there are five main paths our patients go through in working with donor eggs, each with their own pros, cons, and slightly different processes.

Some patients come to us with a donor in mind. Life IVF performs the egg retrieval and / or fertilization and transfer

Using an outside donor

For those without a donor, our Donor program can provide easy, affordable access to fresh or frozen eggs

Using a donor via Life IVF

Using Donor Eggs

Once the donor eggs are obtained, the remainder of the process can looks similar to other IVF cases. Either a male partner or donor’s sperm will be used to fertilize the eggs, which will be culture to embryos.

Embryos may or may not be genetically tested, then one will be selected for transfer to an Intended Parent or Gestational Carrier to achieve pregnancy.