The egg donation process begins with donor selection. The egg donor may be a family member, friend or an anonymous individual selected through an agency and screened by our staff. Once an egg donor is selected, she undergoes medical, psychological, and genetic screenings to confirm that she is an acceptable candidate.
The Effects of Age on a Woman’s Eggs
The success rates with IVF are higher today than ever before. One of the most important factors affecting the pregnancy rate with IVF is egg quality which, in turn, is greatly affected by the age of the woman producing the eggs. As a woman ages, the proportion of eggs having an abnormal number of chromosomes increases. The use of eggs donated by women in their twenties is a treatment option with a very high success rate due to the high egg quality. Donor eggs are used to assist conception in women with varied reproductive problems including premature ovarian failure, decreased ovarian reserve, poor egg quality in prior IVF cycles, or women with chromosomal translocations or genetic disease that they wish to avoid passing on to their offspring. In addition, donor eggs can be used along with gestational surrogacy to allow gay men to have their own biological children.