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Using an Egg Donor in San Antonio
According to the 2007 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report by the CDC, there was a total of 48 donor egg IVF cycles in San Antonio. Of that number, 38 cycles used fresh donor eggs, while 10 used frozen donor eggs. In the entire state of Texas, there were 773 donor egg cycles performed, with 570 using fresh donor eggs and 203 using frozen donor eggs. For a complete list of donor egg IVF data in San Antonio, click here.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
Eggs used for donor egg IVF can come from two sources: a known egg donor or an anonymous egg donor. Known egg donors are women the couple knows personally, such as friends, relatives, or acquaintances. On the other hand, anonymous donors are women who donate their eggs without revealing their identity to the recipients. This usually occurs through a clinic or an agency, which require the donors to undergo rigorous physical screenings and psychological evaluations.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
Many women rely on an egg donor agency to help them navigate through the process of choosing an egg donor. Because there is no formal licensing for these egg donor agencies, there are no state laws that regulate and oversee these businesses.
Egg donor agencies act as the link between prospective parents and prospective egg donors by matching them together. Couples can choose an egg donor with similar characteristics to their own, such as ethnicity, education level, and even personal talents like athletics or artistry.
One of the advantages to an egg donor agency is that it acts as a mediator between the couple and the donor, and offers protection for each party. However, before choosing an egg donor agency, it is important to research them carefully. Find out how long the agency has been in operation, what kind of donor screening is in place, and limits on the number of times a donor can donate.
The following egg donor agencies are in San Antonio:
- The Donor Solution
- Surrogate Angels of San Antonio
Some women prefer to work with a fertility clinic for egg donation because they offer comprehensive fertility treatment, donor screening, fertility testing, and treatment and monitoring. For women who prefer the services of a fertility clinic, there are four fertility clinics in San Antonio that offer egg donation:
- Fertility Center of San Antonio
- Institute for Women’s Health
- Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas
- South Texas Fertility Center
Whether you choose an egg donor agency or a fertility clinic for your egg donation, it is a good practice to research each carefully to make sure it is a good fit for you personally.