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Using an Egg Donor in Miami
Using an egg donor is often an attractive option for women who cannot get pregnant due to the quality of their eggs, since it gives them a way to experience pregnancy. According to the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 289 donor egg IVF cycles in the Miami and South Florida area in 2006, including 238 using fresh donor eggs and 51 using frozen donor eggs. The entire state of Florida had a total of 678 cycles using donor eggs in 2006, the latest year for which CDC data is available. Follow this link for Miami and South Florida success rates by fertility clinic.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
Choosing an egg donor for egg donation IVF procedures is a big decision. A known egg donor is someone who the couple knows personally, such as a friend or a relative. An anonymous egg donor is a donor who does not want her identity revealed. Anonymous egg donors are usually set up through egg donor agencies or fertility clinics. Before an egg donor can donate, she must undergo rigorous physical screenings and psychological counseling.
Miami Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
Miami and South Florida have several well-established egg donor agencies. They include:
- The Donor Source
- Northeast Assisted Fertility Group
- Surrogacy & Egg Donation Center
There currently is no formal licensing for egg donor agencies.
Egg donor agencies recruit donors nationally, and match prospective parents with donors that exhibit certain characteristics. For example, it is important for some prospective parents to choose a donor with their same ethnic background, or features or talents similar to theirs.
Donor agencies can be attractive to potential parents because they act as a mediator between the donor, the recipient, and the fertility clinic in which the procedure will be performed. When choosing an agency, it is important that the couple research each one thoroughly. They should ask how long the agency has been in operation, how many donors have been matched, and what kind of screening is done.
Other prospective parents may choose a fertility clinic for egg donation, since it would allow all of the treatments, donor screenings, and monitoring to be done in one place. More and more clinics are offering full egg donation services.