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Using an Egg Donor in Raleigh
Using an egg donor is an option for women in Raleigh with certain conditions that affect their ovulation or egg production, such as diminished ovarian reserve or premature ovarian failure. Other reasons to choose egg donation are to avoid passing down genetic disorders from the mother or for gay couples using gestational surrogacy.
The total number of egg donor IVF cycles in and the success rates for each are listed in the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report. According to the 2007 ART Report, there were 280 egg donor IVF cycles in the state of North Carolina, including 124 fresh donor egg cycles and 52 frozen donor egg cycles in Raleigh.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
Once you have decided to use egg donation, you need to choose a type of egg donor. You can choose a known egg donor, which is a woman you know in everyday life, usually a friend or family member. A lot of people do not feel comfortable asking someone they know for this donation, so they turn to an anonymous egg donor. An anonymous egg donor donates her eggs but keeps her identity hidden. You can be matched with an anonymous egg donor through an egg donor agency or a fertility clinic in Raleigh.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
There are no state or national laws that govern the operation of egg donor agencies, so it is important you research the ones you are considering carefully. Ask for recommendations and meet with the egg donor agencies. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions, like how long the agency has been in operation and what limitations they place on egg donors.
Once you have decided on an egg donor agency in Raleigh, you will be able to choose an egg donor. Many egg donor agencies allow you to choose an egg donor based on certain characteristics like age, height, ethnicity or even education level.
The following egg donor agencies in Raleigh work with intended parents:
- Baby Steps, LLC
- The Donor SOURCE
Some couples prefer to work with a fertility clinic for egg donation, since everything is handled at the clinic. There is no middle-man, and initial diagnosis, egg donor screening, egg donor procedure and follow up take place in one location.