Why People Use Egg Donors
Many women who are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term have turned to egg donors to help make their dream of having a child come true. So have many members of the LGBT community, as well as couples in which one partner has a communicable disease that could be passed on to the baby, such as HIV.
The most common reason women use donor eggs is infertility. Some women have eggs that are not viable; or, their eggs may have some viability, but the chances of successful conception through IVF is unlikely or prohibitively expensive.
Other reasons people may turn to donor eggs include:
- A family history of genetic diseases: Including chromosome abnormalities, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease, mental illness, hemophilia, and others.
- A history of pregnancy failure: Such as women who have had multiple early pregnancy miscarriages or late-term pregnancy failure.
- A history of cancer: Women who have undergone chemotherapy to treat cancer may sustain irreparable damage to their ovaries as a result.
- Multiple IVF failures: It’s not uncommon for a woman to undergo several IVF attempts using her own eggs without success.
- Advanced maternal age: Some women who delay having children find themselves unable to conceive when the time is right; others go into premature menopause before they can start a family, yet others intentionally delay having children until after menopause because of career demands or for other reasons.
- Inability to conceive because of gender: Such as same-sex couples and single men who wish to have children.
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) & In-Vitro Fertilization
From the antibiotic revolution to organ transplantation, modern medicine has improved life for people around the world in countless ways. One of the most remarkable achievements of the last half-century is the introduction of assisted reproductive technology (ART), used to treat infertility.
Assisted reproductive techniques include in-vitro fertilization, which involves extracting eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilizing them outside her body (in a lab) with sperm from her partner or a donor. The resulting embryo is then transferred to the woman’s uterus with the goal of establishing a successful pregnancy.
On July 25, 1978, the first-ever baby was born successfully from in-vitro fertilization in Manchester, England. Her name is Louise Joy Brown, and today she has two children of her own.
Another form of assisted reproductive technology using in-vitro fertilization is egg donation—only, the eggs retrieved come from a donor. The retrieved eggs are fertilized in a lab with sperm from the intended recipient’s partner, or in some cases, from a sperm donor. The resulting embryo is then transferred to the recipient’s uterus with the goal of establishing a successful pregnancy.
The very first baby born from a donor egg arrived in Australia in 1983, followed by a second baby born in Southern California in 1984.
Since then, thousands of women and men have had their lives transformed by egg donors.
Fact: We take the time to interview and run fertility tests our donors.
Our Egg Donation Program
Thank you for your interest in our egg donor program. We believe that the journey through egg donation involves much more than merely the donation of eggs. It involves dedication to the process, a sacrifice of time and most importantly, a willingness to assist a couple with their dream of creating their own family.
We would like you to review the information on becoming a donor at The Donor Solution. Learn more about the process and what your role and responsibilities would be. Countless donors have helped enrich the lives of so many others through their generous gifts. Find out if you would like to join this group of extraordinary young women.
The Donor Solution is unlike any other egg donor agency you may have encountered. We do everything to make your donation not only rewarding but easy! Some of the testing, interviews and even some lab work can be done in one of our convenient offices. And, best of all, we have flexible hours including some evenings and weekends. We understand that the donation process can be stressful, and because our company is run by professionals in the infertility community, including physicians and registered nurses, we know this can help ease communication and relieve some of the anxiety.
After reading about the egg donation process at The Donor Solution, and you feel this is a process you would feel positive about, please fill out the preliminary application. We will review this and if you are qualified, we will send you, via e-mail, a longer, more detailed application. We will also ask you to come to our office for an interview. If you live further away and cannot easily arrange a visit, we will discuss our program and arrange an interview over the phone.
We know you will find The Donor Solution, the solution to finding a rewarding experience as an egg donor, assisting a couple to become a family.