Treatments & Success
Donor Egg Recipient FAQ
Who Needs Donated Eggs?
Women who are unable to produce or use their own eggs require donated eggs. The following are some of the reasons why:
- Premature menopause
- Carriers of a genetic disorder
- Poor ovarian response to hormonal stimulation
- Absence of the ovaries
- Ovarian failure due to chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment
What Kind of People Donate Eggs?
Donors are anonymous unless the recipient chooses a family member or friend to be the egg donor. In both cases the donors undergo rigorous screening.
Potential egg donors come forward voluntarily for different reasons and must undergo extensive screening to evaluate whether or not they will be suitable for egg donation. Donors must be between the ages of 21 and 31 and start the process by filling out a detailed questionnaire. If the questionnaire is favorable, the potential donor is then seen for a full interview and physical examination by a Coastal Fertility team member. Donors also undergo an assessment by a clinical psychologist which ensures that the donor will be well adjusted without any underlying psychological problems. A full genetic screening panel is also performed to assess for any heritable disorders such as cystic fibrosis, which is the most common hereditary disease in the United States. All donors are also carefully screened for sexually transmittable diseases and any other potential infectious diseases. A drug screen is also standardly performed.
How Are Donors and Recipients Matched?
As a patient undergoing an egg donation cycle at Coastal fertility, you are incomplete control of the donor selection. We will provide you with the links to review all of the potential donor profiles and it is ultimately a recipient couples’ decision on which generally will be the best match for their family. All matches are confidential.
What Guarantees Are There With the Donor?
Donors come forward voluntarily. They can be either anonymous or are known. They are well-motivated and usually complete the treatment for egg donation. It is, however, completely within their rights to withdraw from treatment at any given time until egg retrieval
There may be a rare occasion when the donor does not produce enough follicles or stimulates too quickly. In either of these instances, the treatment cycle may be cancelled due to poor donor response or due to high risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.
Make an Appointment with us
Here at Coastal Fertility Specialists we have the ability to diagnose and treat many causes of infertility. We will do everything we can to investigate the causes of your fertility problems and help you bring home a baby. Call us at 843-883-5800 for any questions or to schedule an appointment.