When to Consider Using a Donor Egg to Start Your Family

Today, couples who are experiencing infertility have many options. Egg donation is just one of them; however, it’s one that we are seeing more often due to its high success rates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that conception cycles using donor eggs has increased over the last twenty-five years, from only 1,802 in 1992 to 17,4962 in 2013, and the numbers are continuing to grow.

Yet, some people are still hesitant to use donor eggs.

If you’re considering egg donation but are still unsure, consider whether any of these qualifiers pertain to your situation:

If you are unable to produce your own healthy eggs, or if traditional IVF has been unsuccessful using your own eggs due to diminished ovarian reserve, premature ovarian failure, or poor egg quality

For some women, IVF is not an option.  If they cannot produce eggs, do not produce healthy eggs, or have been through several unsuccessful cycles of IVF, they will need to consider other alternative options.

If this is the case, couples have two routes to creating a family: adoption or using a donor egg and, in some cases, donor embryo.

If you want to make a family that has genetic and gestational ties

Adoption allows many couples the opportunity to raise a child; however, some couples want to experience raising a child that has some genetic ties. If this is the case, and the male partner has viable sperm, using a donor egg still allows the child to have a genetic tie to at least one parent within the family.

IVF using a donor egg can also allow women the experience of carrying a child and giving birth, which for some is an extremely important part of starting a family. By using a donor egg, women are still able to bond with the child during pregnancy, the birthing process and breastfeeding.

If you don’t want to wait for the lengthy adoption process to determine when you can start a family.

Since IVF is now done using a frozen egg, the process has become much quicker! Some women using a donor egg can become pregnant within a single cycle. This is often a quicker road to experiencing pregnancy and parenthood than the typical adoption process.

According to the National Adoption Center, the wait for a typical adoption can be anywhere between two and seven years for a healthy infant. The wait is less if the couple is looking to adopt an older child.

For some couples who feel as though they’ve waited long enough already, using a donor egg can help you become a parent quicker.

At RMAPA, we perform hundreds of egg donation cycles every year with tremendous results.

We help locate the perfect donor egg and have matched hundreds of recipients with an egg donor. If you or a loved one is experiencing infertility and is considering egg donation, we can help guide you through the process. Contact us today!


Dr. Schillings is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician and gynecologist. She leads all aspects of patient care at RMAPA. In addition, she formerly led the medical team at RE & I Specialist with the Lehigh Valley Physician Group. Dr. Schillings is chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Lehigh Valley Hospital Health Network and Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine.