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Using an Egg Donor in Sacramento
According to the Assisted Reproductive Technology Report of 2007, the state of California accounted for a total of 3,142 IVF cycles using donor eggs. Of that number, 147 donor egg cycles were performed in the Sacramento area, including 98 cycles using fresh donor eggs and 49 cycles using frozen donor eggs.
For a complete list of donor egg statistics in the Sacramento area, click here.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
Egg donors can come from either known or anonymous sources, depending on the preferences of the individual or couple.
Known egg donors are women the couples knows on a personal level, such as a relative or friend. On the other hand, anonymous egg donors keep their identity hidden, and do not share their name or other characteristics that can cause them to be identified. Anonymous egg donors are usually matched to a couple through a fertility clinic or an egg donor agency.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics in Sacramento
There is no formal licensing for egg donor agencies, so it is important that you do thorough research on each potential agency before committing to one. Egg donor agencies work to bridge the gap between donor and prospective parents, by brining the two together. The egg donor agency will often allow the couple to choose an egg donor based on certain characteristics, such as ethnic or racial background, education, or personal talents.
When choosing an egg donor agency, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is important to find out how long the agency has been around, and what kinds of screening practices they have in place.
The following agencies offer egg donation in the Sacramento area:
- Miracles for Families, Inc., Roseville
- San Francisco Donor Network, San Francisco area
Other couples may prefer working directly with a fertility clinic for the egg donor process, since they can have everything done at the clinic: fertility treatment, testing, egg donor screening, and the actual egg donation.
The following fertility clinics in the Sacramento area offer egg donation services:
- California IVF: Davis Fertility Center,
- Kaiser Permanente Center for Reproductive Health
- Northern California Fertility Medical Center,
- Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine, Sacramento
- UC-Davis Assisted Reproductive Technology Program