Using a donor egg bank with IVF
We partner with well-respected, successful donor egg banks to ensure that the donor you select is carefully screened and tested give you the best possible chance for a healthy and successful outcome.
Here are some reasons that patients may elect to proceed with egg donation as a path to building their family:
Patients who are unable to produce viable eggs
There are a number of reasons why a patient may be unable to produce eggs. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Premature ovarian insufficiency: This is a condition in which the ovaries stop functioning before the age of 40 and viable eggs are no longer available
- Endometriosis: This is a condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can damage the ovaries and prevent them from functioning properly.
- Cancer treatment: Some cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can damage the ovaries and prevent them from functioning properly.
- Genetic disorders: Some genetic disorders can affect egg production. For example, Turner syndrome is a condition that affects girls and women and can cause them to have fewer eggs or no eggs at all.
- Multiple unsuccessful cycle of IVF: some patients have undergone cycles of IVF and have either been unable to produce eggs at all or whose eggs are of poor quality.
Donor egg IVF for older patients
As women get older, their chances of getting pregnant naturally decrease. This is because the number and quality of eggs decline with age. For women over the age of 40, the chance of getting pregnant with their own eggs may be reduced. However, even younger women may have egg issues that can be addressed with egg donation.
Patients who have had their ovaries removed
If a patient has had one of both of their ovaries removed, they will no longer be able to produce eggs. This may be the case for patients who have had surgery for a cyst, endometriosis, torsion (twisting of an ovary) cancer or who have had a hysterectomy.
Patients who want to avoid passing on genetic disorders
Some patients may choose to use an egg donor if they carry a genetic disorder that they do not want to pass on to their child. This may be the case for patients with conditions such as spinal muscle atrophy or Tay Sachs disease, among others.
Patients who want to have a child with specific characteristics
Some patients may choose to use an egg donor if they want to have a child with specific characteristics, such as a certain hair color, eye color, or ethnicity. There are egg banks that offer donors with a variety of characteristics, so patients can find a donor who matches their preferences.
Donor egg IVF other considerations
Using an egg donor can be a complex decision, but it can be a great way for patients to achieve their dream of having a child. With careful planning and consideration, patients can find an egg donor who is a good match for them and their family.
In addition to the categories mentioned above, there are other reasons why patients may need to use an egg donor. For example, some patients may choose to use an egg donor if they are not in a committed relationship and do not want to have a child with a casual partner. Additionally, some patients may choose to use an egg donor if they are transgender and want to have a child that is biologically related to them.
No matter what the reason, using an egg donor can be a great way for patients to achieve their dream of having a child. With guidance from our experienced and caring team, patients can find an egg donor who is a good match for them and their family.