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Donor Egg Recipient (DER) Overview

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Some women may not be able to conceive a child using their own oocytes (eggs). The reasons vary, but may include: premature menopause (premature ovarian failure), poor egg quality, absence of the ovaries from birth, previous chemotherapy, previous ovarian surgery, or genetic issues. Women who are unable to produce eggs of their own, carry a genetic disorder or have poor egg quality are encouraged to explore the option of the egg (oocyte) donation program. To be considered as a recipient for donor eggs, you must have a normal uterus and generally be 50 years of age or younger. Patients of advanced reproductive age (40 years or older) are the most common recipients of donor eggs and are able to overcome the age barrier with the use of a donated egg. Patients undergoing in vitro fertilization with a donated egg often have high success rates because the egg being used is from a young, healthy donor. Egg donation in recent years has become a very successful option for couples that would otherwise be unable to have children. A board certified reproductive endocrinologist and the donor egg coordinator will guide you through a very fulfilling experience of helping someone’s dreams of having a family become a reality.

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