Egg donation is used for a woman who wishes to have a child but cannot get pregnant with her own eggs. Is the process in which an egg from a fertile woman is donated to an infertile woman to be used in an assisted reproductive technology procedure such as IVF.
The woman receiving the egg will not be biologically related to the child but will be the birth mother on record.
To donate eggs, the donor must be given medications that will cause her to develop multiple eggs over a single cycle.
In which cases egg donation is indicated?
Egg donation is indicated when the recipient was born without ovaries, is in menopause, did not respond adequately to hormonal stimulation of her ovaries in the past, or has had poor egg or embryo quality with previous IVF attempts. Women may also choose to use a donor if they have a genetic disease that they do not want to pass on to their children.
Ask about our national and international egg donation programs.
Sperm donation is a procedure in which a man donates semen — the fluid containing
sperm that is released during ejaculation — to help an individual or a couple conceive a baby.
The sperm donated is from a fertile man who is not the recipient’s partner. Currently, therapeutic donor insemination (DI or TDI) is appropriate when the male partner has severe abnormalities in the semen parameters.
Donated sperm can be injected into a woman's reproductive organs (intrauterine
insemination) or used to fertilize mature eggs in a lab (in vitro fertilization). The use of
donated sperm is known as third-party reproduction.
A man who makes a sperm donation can be known or anonymous to the recipient.
Sperm donations made to a known recipient are called directed donations.
Ask about our national and international sperm donation programs.