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Using an Egg Donor in Washington, D.C.
According to the 2007 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was a total of 77 egg donor cycles in Washington, D.C., in 2007. Of these 77 cycles, 51 used fresh donor eggs and 26 used frozen donor eggs. For a complete list of egg donor statistics in the Washington, D.C. area, click here.
Known Egg Donors and Anonymous Egg Donors
There are two types of donors used for egg donor donation: known and anonymous donors. Known donors are women the patient or couple knows personally, such as relatives or friends. On the other hand, anonymous donors are women who prefer to donate their eggs without the release of their names or other identifiable information. Anonymous egg donors are usually matched through an egg donor agency. Whether egg donors are known or anonymous, they all go through rigorous physical and psychological screening beforehand.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
Couples who plan to use egg donors can begin the process through either a fertility clinic or an egg donor agency. Because there is no formal licensing for egg donor agencies, there are no legal state laws that govern these organizations. For that reason, it is important for patients to research and compare egg donor agencies before they make their choice. For example, ask the agency about the screening they require for egg donors, how long they have been in operation, and how many times an egg donor can donate.
Many couples choose egg donor agencies because they act as the mediation among the egg donor, potential parents, and the fertility clinic in which the procedure will take place. These egg donor agencies match a woman or a couple with an egg donor. They use certain characteristics when making the match, including physical features, race or ethnicity, and education. Some potential parents even look for egg donors with personal talents that match their own, such as aptitudes for athletics or music.
There are several established egg donor agencies in the Washington, D.C. area, including:
- Northeast Assisted Fertility Group
However, some couples prefer to work directly with their Washington, D.C. fertility clinics for their egg donation. That way, couples can have their diagnoses, donor screening, fertility testing, treatment, and monitoring done in one location.
Choosing an egg donor agency or fertility clinic is a big decision. In order to choose the best fit, make sure you research each one thoroughly.