Egg Donation

Our Egg Donation Program

Donor egg IVF is a form of fertility treatment where a young, healthy woman's eggs are used to produce embryos that are transferred to a recipient woman's uterus to establish a pregnancy. The recipient carries the pregnancy to term and gives birth to the baby. CHR offers two distinct egg donor programs: standard egg donor program, in which fresh donor eggs are utilized, and Eco Donor Egg Program (EcoDEP), in which recipients receive frozen donor eggs. This page explains the standard egg donor program. For more information about EcoDEP, please refer to the Eco Donor Egg Program page.

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Because CHR has developed a reputation as the "fertility center of last resort" for women with severely diminished ovarian reserve and other difficult cases of infertility, a large majority of our patients come to CHR with a history of failed fertility treatments elsewhere and a recommendation for donor egg IVF. While our specialized clinical expertise in treating women with diminished ovarian reserve (either due to premature ovarian aging or advanced maternal age) has helped about a third of these women conceive with their own eggs, for two-thirds of these patients, donor egg IVF remains the treatment option with the highest chance of having a baby.

CHR's Approach

Dr. Norbert Gleicher explains how patients decide to pursue egg donation, and how CHR helps them every step of the decision-making and treatment process.

CHR considers egg donation as a treatment of last recourse. Our physicians believe in explaining all reasonable treatment options to women and couples, and helping them make their own informed decisions regarding which treatment to pursue. Too many women, in our opinion, are pushed into egg donation prematurely. We want to make sure that everyone entering a donor egg IVF cycle is fully convinced that this is the option they truly want to pursue, and if the patient decides to give IVF with their own eggs at least one chance before she considers egg donation, we respect that decision and apply our innovative and individualized treatment approaches to help them get pregnant with their own eggs.

CHR's Egg Donor Program at a Glance

  • Our oocyte donor IVF pregnancy rates are amongst the highest reported. Cumulative pregnancy chances with donor eggs at CHR, including all embryos produced in a given donor egg cycle, are typically in the high 80% to low 90% range. Yet, CHR considers egg donation only a treatment of absolute last resort.
  • Your pregnancy chances (and your risk of miscarriages) with donor eggs largely depend on the quality of the eggs that the egg donor produces. To ensure that you will have the best possible pregnancy chances, CHR rigorously screens donor applicants not only based on age and ovarian reserve status but also for a wide array of medical conditions and other factors.
  • Our program is extremely selective; only 1-3% of applicants are admitted.
  • Our program likely offers the largest and most ethnically, culturally, religiously and physically diverse pool of carefully selected egg donors anywhere in the world. This means that you have a real choice: You choose your egg donors from amongst about 200 excellent candidates, based on what characteristics you are looking for in your egg donor.
  • Since we do not perform shared egg donation (in which multiple recipients split a donor's eggs), we can really match you with your donor in physical appearance and other criteria that are important to you. You don't have to settle for a donor whom all the recipients participating in the shared donor cycle can agree on.
  • You will benefit from CHR's accumulated experience in helping long-distant patients with fertility treatment logistics, as we serve a large number of out-of-state and international patients who come to CHR for IVF and egg donation.
  • Approximately 1/3 of women who come to consult CHR physicians for egg donation, because they were previously told they needed donor egg IVF, end up conceiving with their own eggs at CHR.
  • Last Updated: January 8, 2015

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