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Using an Egg Donor in Boston
There were a total of 524 donor egg IVF cycles in the Boston area in 2010, including 284 using fresh donor eggs and 240 using frozen donor eggs, according to the 2010 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For a complete list of donor egg IVF data in the Boston area, click here.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
Eggs used for donor egg IVF procedures can be from “known” egg donors or “anonymous” egg donors. Known egg donors are donors that a woman or a couple knows personally, such as friends or relatives. Anonymous egg donors are donors who donate their eggs without sharing their name or other personal information, which usually occurs through a clinic or agency. Before donating, egg donors undergo rigorous physical screenings and psychological evaluations.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
Choosing an egg donor is a difficult decision, and many women opt for an egg donor agency to help them through the process. Currently, there is no formal licensing for egg donor agencies, which means there are no legal state standards overseeing the operations.
Egg donor agencies match the prospective parents with a prospective donor based on certain characteristics. Couples sometimes prefer to choose a donor whose characteristics match theirs, in regards to ethnicity, education, or even personal aptitudes.
One of the advantages of egg donor agencies is they act as mediation between the donor, the recipient, and the fertility clinic. But it is very important that the potential parents research egg donor agencies carefully. They should ask how long the agency has been in operation, how many times donors can donate, and what kind of screening is in place.
The Boston area has several well-established egg donor agencies. These include:
- Center for Surrogacy and Egg Donation, Inc.
- Circle Surrogacy
- The Donor SOURCE of New England
- Northeast Assisted Fertility Group
- Prospective Families
- Tiny Treasures, LCC
For those who feel more comfortable working directly with a fertility clinic, there plenty of fertility clinics in and around Boston. Many people who will undergo donor egg IVF choose fertility clinics because they offer comprehensive fertility treatment, fertility testing, donor screening, and treatment and monitoring.
Before making a choice regarding egg donor options, couples should research the intended agencies or fertility clinics thoroughly, to make sure they are a good fit.