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What is Egg Donation?

Egg donation is a gift to women who otherwise might be unable to have the experience of pregnancy. Egg donation also enables men to have biologic children even when their partner is not able to provide viable eggs. Egg donation opens up reproductive possibilities for a couple to start or complete their family. We actively involve couples in the donor matching process and pay careful attention to the specific needs and desires of the recipient couple.

Egg donation involves selection of a qualified egg donor who undergoes the procedures necessary to develop and retrieve eggs. The donor undergoes ovarian stimulation and surgical retrieval. The eggs are then fertilized with the sperm of the recipient’s partner. The embryos that develop are then placed into the womb of the recipient who carries the pregnancy.

Who is a Donor Egg Recipient?

A donor egg recipient is a woman who is unable to conceive for a variety of reasons. Recently, the most common indication for egg donation has been for women with diminished ovarian reserve. Diminished ovarian reserve occurs when the ovaries have poorer egg quality with a decease in egg number and is reflected in a rise in FSH (follicle stimulating hormone).

Other candidates for egg donation include:

  • Women who have previously failed IVF attempts
  • Women carrying transmittable genetic abnormalities that could affect their offspring and are not candidates for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

Contact Fertility Center of the Carolinas at (864) 455-1600 to learn more, or to schedule a consultation today at one of our four convenient locations in Greenville, Spartanburg or Anderson.