What is Egg Donation?

Egg donation, also referred to as oocyte donation, is often part of the third party reproduction process known as ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology). It is the process by which a woman provides her eggs (ova, oocytes) for purposes of assisted reproduction or biomedical research.


For assisted reproduction purposes, egg donation involves the process of in vitro fertilization as the eggs are fertilized in the laboratory. After the eggs have been obtained, the role of the egg donor is complete.

Donation with oocytes may be achieved via an anonymous or an open ID donation.  This is determined by the preference of the egg donor and recipient.  An anonymous donation is where the egg donor™s information is not or will not be known, whereas, open ID donation is where, the donor™s details are available and the donor may be located when the child turns 18 years of age.

Egg donation makes pregnancy possible for women who might not otherwise be able to get pregnant using their own eggs. Thousands of babies are born each year to women using donor eggs.

Egg recipients are typically patients who suffer from infertility and cannot conceive children without medical assistance. On some occasions, egg recipients combine donated eggs with a semen donation, or they may need the help of a gestational surrogate, a woman who agrees to carry the pregnancy for the intended parents.

What Patients Say

“We would highly recommend ELITE IVF to anyone considering egg donation.”

Susan & James White, April 2009

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