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Egg Donation

The Egg Donor Program

Egg donation is a promising option for women who can not conceive with their own eggs (oocytes) but want to experience pregnancy and childbirth. Choosing to use an egg donor is not an easy decision for many women, who must first mourn the loss of not having a child with their own genetics.

Egg donation success rates generally are very high because of the excellent egg quality of the egg donors who are selected for their optimal fertility. Egg donation can be the best option for women who have experienced ovarian failure; surgical loss of their ovaries due to trauma, cancer or other medical conditions; have no eggs due to surgery, chemotherapy, or genetic causes; have poor egg quality; have experienced previously unsuccessful in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles; or older than 35 and considered to have advanced maternal age. Additionally, gay men use egg donors to create their families.

Eggs are retrieved from a known or anonymous donor’s ovaries and fertilized in the laboratory with the sperm of the recipient’s partner. The resulting healthy embryos are returned to the recipient’s uterus.

The typical egg donor is a healthy woman, married or single, between the ages of 21 and 28, preferably with proven fertility. Eggs can be donated anonymously, or by a friend or family member.

Overseen by Larry I. Barmat, M.D., Abington Reproductive Medicine’s highly successful program features a caring, experienced team of medical specialists committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality control and helping every patient achieve a successful pregnancy.

What are the requirements for egg donors and recipients?

Egg donors and recipients both must undergo a complete physical exam, medical/social screening, psychological evaluation, infectious disease screening and an in vitro fertilization (IVF) consult. Egg donors also must provide informed consent.

What are the financial obligations of an intended parent through egg donation (egg donor recipient)?

Egg recipients must cover the complete cost of both IVF cycles (the donor’s retrieval and their own transfer). This includes all initial consultations, pre-admission testing, storage and freezing of any cryopreserved embryos, medication and andrology fees. Treatment costs for any complications not covered by the egg donor’s health insurance, such as hospital expenses, also are the responsibility of the egg recipient.

Are egg donors given any monetary compensation?

Once they fulfill all necessary obligations, egg donors receive approximately $8,000 in monetary compensation. This payment is not contingent upon a successful pregnancy.

How can I learn more?

If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, please complete our inquiry form.  If you have additional questions, please call: 215-887-2010.

Immediate Egg Donor Availability for Recipients!