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Using an Egg Donor in Albany
Egg donation is an option for women with diminished ovarian reserve or premature ovarian failure who are looking to build their families through assisted reproduction. Egg donation may also be used for gay couples looking to surrogacy, or couples who do not want to pass down genetic disorders from the mother’s line.
The Assisted Reproductive Technology Report lists the number of egg donor IVF cycles performed in each fertility clinic.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
Once you have decided to use an egg donor, you have to decide which type you’d like to use. There are two different kinds of egg donors. The first is called a known egg donor. A known egg donor is a woman you already know in your everyday life, like a family member or friend. The second kind is called an anonymous egg donor. Unlike a known egg donor, you do not know the identity of an anonymous egg donor. You can be matched with an anonymous egg donor through an egg donor agency or a fertility clinic.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
Egg donor agencies are not regulated by law, so it is a good idea to research the ones you are considering. You may want to ask questions like how long the egg donor agency has been in operation, what kind of screening is in place, and what limitations are given to egg donors.
Egg donor agencies allow you to choose a donor based on certain criteria, including age, height, race, or even education level.
While there are no egg donor agencies in Albany that are affiliated with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine or the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the following New York agencies work with New York intended parents:
- Donor Services
- Rite Options
- Tiny Treasures Agency, LLC
Rather than working with an egg donor agency, some couples prefer to work directly with a fertility clinic. Many fertility clinics match patients with egg donors, and some patients prefer this because everything is taken care of in one location—initial diagnosis, egg donor screening, the actual procedure, and the follow up. For information on fertility doctors near you and to schedule an appointment, please click here.