Our Egg Donation Agency Answers Your Egg Donor Wish List Questions and More

As with other egg donation agencies, the Center for Assisted Reproduction is accustomed to the many questions that couples have about fertility treatment. Most patients want to know as much about their egg donor as possible. We encourage them to compile an egg donor wish list to help narrow down the characteristics they are seeking in an egg donor. Here, we have attempted to answer a few of the questions that are most commonly asked at our egg donation agency. When you speak to one of our doctors during your consultation, we will be happy to explain the egg donation and IVF process in more detail.

Is it similar to adoption? Why not just adopt?

Although adoption offers infertile couples an excellent opportunity to have a family, egg donation allows couples to have a child with the father’s genetic makeup.

Another difference between egg donation and adoption is that the infertile woman has the opportunity to carry and deliver the pregnancy. The benefit to this option over adoption is that it gives you the assurance of the in utero environment during pregnancy, eliminating concerns about exposure of the fetus to tobacco, alcohol, or drugs. Unlike adoption, there is no additional legal paperwork necessary following delivery.

Couples who compile an egg donor wish list can find a donor who exhibits physical and lifestyle characteristics similar to their own. This increases the likelihood that the baby will more closely resemble the parents than an adopted baby.

What features are important in selecting an egg donor?

Ideally, the donor should be a woman less than age 30 who is a non-smoker, has no history of prior infertility herself, is of normal body weight, and has an unremarkable medical and genetic history. A known donor between the ages of 30 and 35 may be selected by the couple if she is a suitable candidate. Assessment of the donor's ovarian reserve with antral follicle count and ovarian volumes by ultrasound are used as predictive tests for both anonymous and known egg donors. Unfortunately, there is no one "perfect" test to predict a woman's response to fertility medications whether she is a potential egg donor or an infertile woman undergoing treatment herself. CAR's egg donation database includes complete information regarding the donor's past reproductive history and is updated regularly to reflect outcome of prior egg donation cycles.

The Center for Assisted Reproduction does not use donors over age 35 because of the increased risk of aneuploidy (an uneven number of chromosomes present in the offspring) such as Down Syndrome, as well as decreased success rate due to "older eggs."

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What type of screening does an egg donor go through?

Our egg donation program is careful to conduct a lengthy screening process for any woman who wishes to become an egg donor at CARE. The donor completes a screening form, which reviews her medical history, social history, and family history. She will then complete an interview with a psychologist who is knowledgeable in the area of third party reproduction. A full spectrum of tests is conducted for infectious diseases such as hepatitis B and C, syphilis, and HIV. Additional testing may be required for such ethnic-based conditions as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia. All donors undergo the same evaluation whether they are a known donor or an anonymous donor recruited by CARE or if they are a donor chosen by the couple from an outside egg donation agency.

How much information can we receive about the egg donor?

We summarize all of the key points from her family and medical history as well as information regarding her physical characteristics, including:

  • Height and weight
  • Hair and eye color
  • Skin tone
  • Bone structure
  • Ethnicity
  • Blood type

In addition to these physical traits, we also gather information about her educational background, hobbies, and other interests. In an effort to personalize the egg donation process, we have asked the donors to complete a handwritten questionnaire that offers additional insight into their personalities and life stories. Depending on the items on your egg donor wish list, we can obtain additional information as necessary.

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How long is the waiting period?

Before choosing an egg donor, you must complete the screening process and sign the consent forms, which includes your acceptance of financial obligation. Once this process is complete, the donor selection process begins and is highly dependent on the availability of the donor you select. Please remember that egg donors are individuals with lives and other commitments and that their availability may not always coincide with the time period that you request. Recipients may wait up to a few months for the donor of their choice.

Are egg donation cycles ever cancelled?

While highly unlikely, it is possible for an egg donation cycle to be cancelled if the donor:

  • Does not respond to the medication
  • Is over-stimulated by the medication
  • Wishes not to continue with the egg donation cycle

These events are very infrequent. At the Center for Assisted Reproduction, we initiated 480 egg donation cycles from 1992 through 2005 and had only four cancellations.

These questions represent only a small number of the concerns that you and your partner probably have about the egg donation process and your egg donation wish list. When you visit with a physician at one of our two convenient locations, you can rest assured that our caring and compassionate staff will answer your questions and ensure that you are comfortable with every step of the process.

We are pleased to serve patients from across the United States and around the world. If you live in another state, you may speak with one of our doctors by phone. CARE recognizes that egg donation for patients living outside the United States may be more complex due to local regulations and restrictions. We have successfully navigated the issue of distance for prior recipients in our program and feel strongly that, with our global technology, international egg donation may become a reality for many patients. To schedule a consultation, contact the Center for Assisted Reproduction.

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If you have questions about your egg donor wish list, contact our egg donation agency, the Center for Assisted Reproduction.

Center for Assisted Reproduction
1701 Park Place Avenue
Bedford, Texas 76022

1250 8th Ave Ste. 365
Fort Worth, Texas 76104