IVF with Donor Eggs

In vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor eggs offers you a chance to become pregnant even after an infertility diagnosis. Many women are able to become pregnant and deliver healthy babies after using donor eggs with IVF.

Donor egg success rates are high
As you can see below, donor egg success rates with IVF are quite high. Here are the 2011 donor egg success rates for women who gave birth following an embryo transfer with IVF.

  • IVF transfers with fresh donor embryos: 54.9 percent gave birth
  • IVF transfers with thawed donor embyros: 35.7 percent gave birth

Why use donor eggs?
You may have tried for months or years to get pregnant on your own. After a diagnosis of infertility, you may wonder if donor eggs may help you conceive. There are many reasons why people consider using donor eggs with IVF, such as the following:

  • Diminished ovarian reserve
  • Premature menopause
  • To reduce the chance of passing along a genetic disease

Factors that impact donor egg success rates
Your age plays a key factor in donor egg success rates. If you are older than 35 and have had several failed IVF cycles, ask your doctor if the donor egg process would work for you.

If your your partner has low sperm count or other sperm-related problem, you may face lower IVF success rates. Encourage your partner to have a sperm analysis (SA) prior to IVF. This will let you know if any male factor infertility issues are present. In some situations, your reproductive endocrinologist may suggest using donor sperm to boost your donor egg success rates.

Increase donor egg success rates
If you are considering using donor eggs, you may want to think about the following to improve the chances of getting pregnant:

  • Screen your donor. Make sure that your donor has been properly screened for any medical or psychological problems. Fertility clinics present egg donor profiles to recipients, offering you a comprehensive evaluation of each donor’s health, emotional status, family health history, education and more. If your donor has “passed” all the required criteria, this can increase the donor egg success rate for you and your partner.
  • Choose your fertility clinic wisely. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) publish statistics on IVF success rates for fertility clinics across the nation. Ask your doctor to help you interpret the statistics to find the most suitable clinic for you. It’s also important to visit the fertility clinic and interview the specialists to make sure this place feels right to you and your partner.
  • Stay healthy. No matter what your age, the chances of getting pregnant using donor eggs are increased if you and your partner are healthy—physically and mentally. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing your stress, and avoiding unhealthy lifestyle habits such as cigarette smoking and using illicit drugs are important in boosting donor egg success rates.


  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine: Age and Fertility: A Guide for Patients.
  • RESOLVE.org: The Medical Aspects of Egg Donation.
  • IntegraMed Fertility Network: IVF Success Rates.
  • American Pregnancy Association: Donor Eggs.
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology: Clinic Summary Report