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Using an Egg Donor in Columbia, SC

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Women with certain conditions, like premature ovarian failure or diminished ovarian reserve, often turn to egg donation to help them build their families.

In 2007, there were 118 in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures using donor eggs in the state of South Carolina. Of that number, 15 took place in the Columbia area. The 15 donor egg IVF cycles in Columbia, SC, included 12 which used fresh embryos and three which used frozen ones.

Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors

Once you have decided to use the services of an egg donor, you will need to decide which type of donor you would like to use. You can use a known egg donor, which would be a woman you know, like a friend or family member. Another option is an anonymous egg donor. This is a woman who donates without revealing her name or other identifiable characteristics. If you choose to use an anonymous egg donor, you can be matched with one through an egg donor agency or a fertility clinic.

Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics

There are currently no laws that govern the operation of egg donor agencies, so it is especially important that you research each agency you are considering before you commit to one. While most egg donor agencies require some kind of screening for their donors before beginning the process, it can be helpful to choose an agency that mandates strict medical and psychological screening beforehand.

Egg donor agencies match you up with an egg donor. You can choose your egg donor based on certain characteristics, such as race or ethnicity, education level, or even other attributes.

The following egg donor agencies work with intended parents in the Columbia area:

  • The Donor SOURCE
  • Baby Steps, LLC

Some couples prefer to work with a fertility clinic instead of an egg donor agency. Many believe this is easier, since everything is handled in one place, from diagnosis to egg donor screening to the actual procedure.

If you would like to work with a fertility clinic for your egg donation needs, the Advanced Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology fertility clinic in West Columbia, SC, can help you.