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Using an Egg Donor in Iowa
According to the 2008 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report, there were 86 IVF cycles that used donor eggs in the state of Iowa. Of these cycles, 44 used fresh donor eggs, while 42 used frozen donor eggs.
Egg donation is a popular option for women with problems such as diminished ovarian reserve or premature ovarian failure. Once you have decided to use an egg donor, there are other factors you must consider.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
You have two options when choosing an egg donor. You can use a known egg donor or an anonymous egg donor. A known egg donor is someone you know personally, such as a friend or family member. Some couples do not feel comfortable asking someone they know to serve as an egg donor. In this case, a good option for them is an anonymous egg donor. An anonymous egg donor donates her eggs without revealing her identity. If you choose to use an anonymous egg donor, you can be matched with one through an egg donor agency.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
Egg donor agencies match up intended parents with prospective egg donors. At egg donor agencies, you can choose your egg donor based on certain characteristics, like race or ethnicity, age, or even education level.
Egg donor agencies are not regulated, so there are no state laws that govern their operation. Because of this, you should make sure to research each one you are considering. Arrange a meetingand ask questions regarding how long the egg donor agency has been in operation, and the types of screening they require of their donors before the procedure.
Some couples prefer to work directly with their fertility clinic for their egg donation needs. Some opt to do this because everything can be handled in one location, from choosing an egg donor to the procedure.
The following fertility clinics work with Iowa residents for egg donation:
- Mid-Iowa Fertility
- University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Center for Advanced Reproductive Care