Egg donor IVF is a fertility treatment option for those who can't use their own eggs, for whatever reason.
Especially when using a screened egg donor (as opposed to a family member or friend), the success rates for egg
donor IVF are good—higher than the average IVF success rates for couples not using a donor.
In conventional IVF treatment, the woman takes fertility drugs to stimulate egg production in her ovaries. Once
the eggs reach maturity, they are retrieved via an ultrasound-guided needle.
The retrieved eggs are placed in a petri dish with sperm cells, and hopefully, some eggs are fertilized. The
resulting embryos can then either be transferred to the mother’s uterus, transferred to a gestational carrier's
uterus, or frozen for a later cycle.
But what if the intended mother’s ovaries aren’t producing enough eggs for regular IVF? Or what if the intended
mother’s ovaries are completely absent? What if a gay male couple wants to have a child? Then egg donor IVF may be
recommended. Here are some situations in which egg donor IVF may be required or recommended.