IVF with donor eggs is a fertility treatment option in which a woman uses eggs donated by another woman. This approach is especially helpful for individuals or couples dealing with issues related to egg quality, decreased ovarian reserve, or genetic conditions they want to avoid passing on to their children. It is also a suitable choice for same-sex male couples or women who cannot carry a pregnancy and are using a surrogate.

The process for receiving donor eggs


Your journey begins with an evaluation by one of our reproductive endocrinologists. They will explain your treatment options and ensure you fully understand them. Should you choose to proceed with donor egg reception, your doctor will guide you through the preparation process. A comprehensive medical evaluation and physical exam will be conducted to safeguard your health and assess your readiness for pregnancy.

Recipient Preparation

To enhance success rates, your doctor will order tests to identify and address any correctable issues that could affect fertilization or implantation. These tests include a saline sonogram to detect uterine abnormalities, basic blood tests for cell counts, blood type, and thyroid function, as well as a semen analysis. Ensuring you are current on health screenings like Pap smears and mammograms (for women over 40) is also part of this phase.

For women aged 45 and older, additional tests are required to ensure optimal physical condition for pregnancy. This includes screening for diabetes, an electrocardiogram (EKG) for heart health, and clearance from a perinatologist specializing in high-risk pregnancies.

You will also meet with our psychologist to discuss your decision to use egg donation and navigate the emotional aspects of this path.

Donor Selection

Choosing a donor is a deeply personal decision. You can select from our in-house donor pool or an external agency. If you prefer, a known donor (such as a relative or friend) may also be considered, with guidance from your reproductive endocrinologist.

Our in-house donors undergo rigorous screening, including genetic, mental health, infectious disease, and physical assessments. You will receive detailed profiles and have the option to view photographs and relevant medical histories before making your choice.


Timing is crucial. The donor’s and recipient’s cycles must be synchronized for optimal results. This is typically achieved using birth control pills to align menstrual cycles. The donor then undergoes medication to stimulate egg maturation, monitored closely through ultrasound and blood tests.

Simultaneously, you will receive medications to prepare your uterine lining for embryo implantation.

Egg Retrieval and Embryo Transfer

Once the donor’s eggs are mature, they are retrieved. On the same day, your partner or a sperm donor provides a sample for insemination. Embryos are typically ready for transfer to your uterus around day three after insemination.

Your doctor will discuss the number of embryos to transfer with you, aiming to minimize risks while maximizing the chance of pregnancy. Any surplus high-quality embryos can be frozen for future use.

Deciding to Use Donor Eggs

Deciding on donor eggs is a significant decision, often reached after careful consideration of various options, including adoption. Our psychologist is available to support you in exploring and processing your feelings throughout this journey.