In vitro fertilization (or IVF) with donor egg is used to treat infertility that arises from the inability of a woman’s ovaries to produce viable eggs, which is often caused by advanced age or early menopause. As a female ages, the quality of her eggs decreases over time, and the likelihood of miscarriage and birth defects increases as well.
For females in their mid-to-late 30s and 40s, donor egg is an option for getting pregnant. Additionally, donor egg is also an option for gay male couples.
IVF with donor eggs is a fertility treatment that has been available for over 20 years. Oocytes (eggs) are retrieved from an egg donor and inseminated with the sperm of the intended father. Resulting embryo(s) are then transferred to the uterus of the intended mother. If there are extra eggs or embryos, they can be cryopreserved for future use.
Reasons to Choose Donor Egg
- Age related infertility
- Hormonal irregularities inhibit egg production
- Eggs are unsuitable as a result of genetic disease
- Have healthy ovaries/regular menstrual cycle but do not respond well to fertility medications
- Have not become pregnant with other fertility treatments for a significant period of time
- Gay couple family building
Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital offers team of highly trained experts who are dedicated to assisting couples considering the use of donor eggs. We provide compassionate and sound care – and will work with individuals or couples to explain:
- What to expect during a donor egg cycle
- How to select an egg donor
- How donors are screened and compensated