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Is It Time to Consider Donor Egg IVF?

If you have been diagnosed with an infertility condition related to ovarian reserve, it may be time to have the donor egg talk with your fertility doctor. Moving on to donor egg in vitro fertilization (IVF) will require some emotional preparation. However, the odds of successful pregnancy will likely be greater with donor eggs and will get you to your goal of having a baby much sooner.

Donor egg IVF is typically recommended for:

  • Women diagnosed with high Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), low Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) and low Antral Follicle Count (AFC).
  • Women over the age of 39, though clinic guidelines vary. Many fertility clinics strongly urge patients to use donor eggs at 42 years of age or older.
  • Women who have experienced several failed IVF cycles using their own eggs.

Egg donors are typically healthy, young women between 21 and 30 years of age. Their eggs are considered to be at their prime for achieving pregnancy. Although it is not required, demonstrating previous fertility (history of pregnancy achieved with their eggs) is a favorable quality for an egg donor to have. You can work with your fertility clinic or a frozen egg bank to be matched with an egg donor.

To read more about donor egg IVF cycles, check out the following articles:

Is Donor Egg IVF Right for You?
The Fertility Patient's Guide to ASRM 2012 Guidelines on Egg, Sperm, and Embryo Donation
Frozen Donor Egg IVF: Using a Frozen Egg Bank to Maximize Your Savings
Emotionally Preparing for Donor Egg IVF

Looking to connect with other women using donor eggs? Visit the Donor Issues Forum. To find a fertility doctor who specializes in donor egg IVF, contact our Patient Care Coordinators by calling 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form.

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