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Using an Egg Donor in Charleston

Using an egg donor is an option that is becoming increasingly popular for women with premature ovarian failure or a diminished ovarian reserve.

The most recent Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Report, details the number of fresh donor egg and frozen donor egg cycles in the state of South Carolina, including information specific to Charleston area.

Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors

You have two options when selecting an egg donor. One option is to use a known egg donor, which would be a woman that you and your partner know personally. This can be a family member, a friend, or even an acquaintance. Alternatively, anonymous egg donors donate their eggs anonymously, usually through an egg donor agency or fertility clinic which matches up the intended parents with the egg donor.

Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics

Egg donor agency requirements vary, and these agencies are not regulated by state laws. In order to choose the best egg donor agency for you, it is important to research them carefully. Egg donor success rates are published in the ART Report, and you should supplement this knowledge with personal visits to the clinic and questions for the egg donor agency administration.

Questions to ask include how long the egg donor agency has been in operation, what types of screening processes they require of the egg donors, and what limitations they impose on the number of times a woman can donate.

Egg donor agencies match up egg donors with prospective parents. Depending on the agency, prospective parents can usually choose their egg donor through a registry, which lists information like age, race, ethnicity, or education level.

The following egg donor agencies work with individuals in the Charleston area:

  • Baby Steps, LLC
  • The Donor SOURCE

Some people prefer to work instead with a fertility clinic to find egg donors. This can be easier, since everything is done in one location: the initial diagnosis, fertility treatments, egg donor screening, and the egg donor IVF cycles.

The Southeastern Fertility Center in the Charleston area works with couples who prefer their egg donation process to occur through a fertility clinic rather than an agency.