Treatments & Options - Donor Egg - Resources

Reviewing egg donor profiles and knowing which donor to choose can be difficult and stressful. Here, in the Donor Egg Resources section, we explain what to expect when choosing an egg donor.

Choosing an anonymous egg donor
Egg donors are usually women between the ages of 21 and 34. They are young enough to have many good quality eggs and young enough to respond well to fertility drugs. Most egg donor programs use anonymous donors. Some programs give you a profile about the donor that includes ethnicity, height, weight, body type, skin type, eye color, hair color and texture. You can then decide whether or not to select the donor. Other programs may allow you to choose between a few different donor profiles.

Choosing a donor you know
You may also prefer to choose a donor that you already know. When choosing an egg donor that you already know, it is very important to have them screened medically, as well as to have legal counsel and a contractual relationship to avoid any possible complications. There are some serious psychological implications involved in egg donation that should be explored before making this decision.

Counseling may be helpful
Choosing an egg donor is a decision that will affect the rest of your life so take your time. Dealing with an infertility diagnosis brings about many emotions such as sadness, grief and anger. These emotions may be heightened when you find out the chance of pregnancy is limited to using donor eggs. Because fertility often plays an integral role in a woman’s definition of herself and her purpose in life, it is important to acknowledge your feelings and communicate them with others.

There are plenty of resources available to help you with your decision to use donor eggs. And remember that many couples that go through the egg donation process find it to be a worthwhile and satisfying experience…especially when the outcome is giving birth to a healthy baby.