You are here
Using an Egg Donor in Orlando
Using an egg donor is an option for women who suffer from conditions like premature ovarian failure or a diminished ovarian reserve, looking to build their families. It is also an option for gay couples or women whose ovaries have been damaged by chemotherapy.
The Assisted Reproductive Technology Report lists the number of egg donor cycles performed at every fertility clinic in the United States. According to the 2007 ART Report, there were 786 donor egg IVF cycles performed, including 30 which were performed in Orlando. Of these Orlando egg donor cycles, 18 used fresh donor eggs and 12 used frozen donor eggs.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
There are two types of egg donors. The first kind is referred to as a known egg donor. Known egg donors are women you know personally, like a friend or family member. The second kind of egg donor is called an anonymous egg donor. Anonymous egg donors donate eggs without revealing their identity. Most anonymous egg donors are matched with intended parents through an egg donor agency or fertility clinic program.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
Researching egg donor agencies is especially important before you commit to one. Because egg donor agencies are not regulated by law, there are no set rules or regulations regarding their operation. Make sure to ask a number of questions for each egg donor agency you are considering, such as whether it is affiliated with SART, how long it has been in operation, and what limitations they have in place for donors.
Egg donor agencies match intended parents with an egg donor. Intended parents can choose their egg donor based on characteristics like age, race, ethnicity, or education level. Before egg donors are allowed to donate, they go through physical and psychological screening to make sure they are right for the process.
The following egg donor agencies in the Orlando area work with intended parents:
- Loving Donation
- The Donor SOURCE
Some couples prefer to work with a fertility clinic rather than an egg donor agency for their egg donation needs. Some prefer fertility clinics because everything from initial diagnosis to egg donor screening to the actual procedure occurs in one place.