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Using an Egg Donor in Columbus

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According to the 2007 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were a total of 349 donor egg IVF cycles in the state of Ohio, including 194 cycles using fresh donor eggs and 155 cycles using frozen donor eggs. The city of Columbus had a total of 46 donor egg IVF cycles. Of this number, 29 used fresh donor eggs while 17 used frozen donor eggs. A complete list of donor egg IVF data from Columbus can be found here (link to chart).

Known and Anonymous Egg Donors

There are two different types of egg donors. The first kind is referred to as a “known” egg donor. Known egg donors are women who the potential parents know personally, such as a friend or family member. The second kind of donor is called an “anonymous” egg donor. Anonymous egg donors are women who donate their eggs without having their name or identity known to the recipients. This type of egg donation is usually facilitated through an egg donor clinic or a fertility clinic.

Egg Donor Clinics and Agencies

Many women choose an egg donor agency to help them through the egg donor process. Because there is no formal licensing for egg donor agencies, there are currently no legal state standards in place to oversee these institutions. As a result, it is very important that potential parents research each egg donor agency carefully. Ask the agency some questions, such as how long it has been in operation, what kinds of screening are in place for the donors, and what limits it has on the number of times a woman can donate.

Some women rely on egg donor agencies because they act as a mediator among the donor, the recipient, and the fertility clinic in which the procedure will occur. These agencies match prospective parents with an egg donor. Prospective parents can choose an egg donor whose characteristics match their own, in regards to race, ethnicity, or education.

Compassionate Beginnings, an egg donor and surrogacy agency located in Cincinnati, serves patients and egg donors in the Columbus area as well.

For those who feel more comfortable working only with a fertility clinic for egg donation, Ohio Reproductive Medicine offers both known and anonymous egg donor donation. Some patients choose a fertility clinic rather than an egg donor agency because a clinic offers more comprehensive care, since it allows for treatment, procedures, and monitoring under one roof.

Before you make your decision on an egg donor agency or a fertility clinic, make sure you research your intended choice carefully to determine whether it is a good fit personally.