FAQs about ED
What is egg donation?
Egg donation – process when a woman donates eggs mainly for purposes of assisted reproduction. Typically egg donation (ED) process involves in vitro fertilization technology (IVF), with the eggs being fertilized in the laboratory. Sometimes unfertilized eggs may be frozen and stored for later use.
Who can be an egg donor?
Generally the criteria for an egg donor include that she:
- is between 18 and 29 years old
- is fit and healthy
- has no family history of inherited diseases or genetic disorders
- is physically and mentally healthy
- has no unexplained infertility issues
- has no bad habits
- has at least one own healthy baby
Why do Women Donate?
Women donate because they are motivated by a desire to help couples in their quest for parenthood.
How do I find a donor that has my features?
During the process of matching an important part in the donor selection process take ethnicity, body type and lifestyle.
What does the donor process consist of?
Donors receive complete information about the egg retrieval process and any risks or complication that could occur. Each selected donor go through careful examination at the end of which each doctor provides a written report about her physical health and mental suitability for being a donor.
What types of egg donation exist?
There are a few types of egg donation: open, semi-anonymous and anonymous egg donation.
In an anonymous donation, the Intended Parents and donor never exchange identifying information.
In a semi-anonymous donation, the IPs and donor may have phone conversation/email communication for the request of IPs.
In an open donation, the IPs and donor may choose to have a meeting in person, have a phone conversation/ email communication.
How are donors matched with recipients?
In case of anonymous donation recipient with the donor who most closely resembles her (including height, eye color, ethnicity, body build, skin type, hair color, texture). Once a possible match has been found, the recipient is given information about the donor and decides whether to proceed or wait for another donor.
In some programs, recipients are given information about several possible donors and select the match they would like to pursue.