Using Donor Eggs with IVF

Egg donation is an option for women who are unable to use their own eggs to achieve a pregnancy. Couples should discuss this option with their healthcare provider to determine if it is the right choice for them.


Who should consider egg donation?

Women with any of the following should consider egg donation:

  • Age greater than 40
  • High FSH level or low AMH level
  • Low ovarian response in prior IVF cycles
  • Poor embryo development in prior IVF cycles
  • Inability to achieve a pregnancy after multiple IVF cycles
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • History of radiation and/or chemotherapy
  • Surgical removal of both ovaries

Benefits of egg donation

RSC’s experienced donor program is proud to report clinical pregnancy rates greater than 70 percent with each donation cycle.

Egg donation has some benefits over adoption. Though the donor provides half of the genetic make up of the embryo, the recipient controls the prenatal environment, prenatal nutrition and she is able to experience pregnancy, childbirth and breast feeding.

RSC’s clinical pregnancy rates

Our donor egg IVF pregnancy rates are above national averages for live births per transfer. These numbers represent our high standards of excellence which give you a better chance of successfully conceiving and delivering a baby. The statistics below represent the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), which collect and report statistics for U.S. fertility clinics.

Please read Making Sense of ART Statistics to help you understand the meaning of these statistics.

Fresh Donor Egg IVF Cycles

Retrievals 95
Transfers 92
Pregnancy 68
Percent per retrieval 71.6%
Percent per transfer 73.9%
Average # of embryos transferred 1.6

Elective Single Embryo Transfers (eSet) in Donor Egg IVF Cycles

Donor Fresh

Transfers
Pregnancy
Percent per transfer
45
33
73.3%

Risks of egg donation

In addition to the usual risks of IVF, approximately 10-15 percent of pregnancies resulting from donor egg IVF will miscarry. Additionally, the risk of multiples (twins) is high if two blastocyst embryos are transferred. As a result, your RSC physician will strongly encourage you to consider a single embryo transfer (eSET). This provides very high pregnancy rates with lower risk.

How to Proceed

If you feel that egg donation may be an option for you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our physicians. We will help you determine whether this is a good option for you. Discussion includes the process of selecting an egg donor, the coordination of the cycle, details of the treatment plan, any necessary pre-cycle evaluation and testing, success rates, and costs. You will then work with our experienced Third Party Team who will walk you through every step of the process.