Donor Eggs & Sperm

There are some cases where a clinic will recommend treatment using donated sperm, eggs or embryos. This is because conception would be unlikely to be successful for people using their own eggs or sperm.

It is during initial investigations that people will find out that they will need a donor, while others decide on having some fertility treatment—individuals and couples who experience infertility turn to donor eggs in the hopes of achieving pregnancy.

Using sperm or eggs that were donated will require thinking about complex issues before starting treatment.

People may require donor eggs due to the following factors:

  • Premature menopause
  • Genetic causes that can make an individual unable to use their own eggs
  • Repeatedly unsuccessful IVF programs
  • Being born without ovaries
  • Cancer treatments

Donated eggs can also be used in surrogacy for gay couples or single men.

Two types of donors are available for such services.

When a recipient already has a relationship with the donor (a sister, relative or friend), this is a known donation. When you have someone you know undergo IVF procedures to provide the eggs will offer several benefits with the process. This would include knowing the genetic origin of the eggs and a reduced wait time.

If a donor is over 35 years of age, the recipient will be advised of the increased risk of medical issues including a miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities.

This is when the donor is not known to the recipient in any way, shape, or form. This situation involved the recipient not knowing anything about the donor and the donor having the choice to remain unknown to the recipient. However, there is a mandatory agreement for the donor to release identifying information such as their name, date of birth, and address. This is for the child conceived as a result of a donation once the child turns 18.