Donor Egg Q&A

When is the use of donor eggs indicated?

Donor eggs are used for women who have experienced premature ovarian failure, are older and have eggs of a diminished quality, or have a genetic disease that could be passed on to the baby.

How are eggs obtained from donors?

The egg donor and the fertility patient will both take hormones to get their menstrual cycles in sync. The donor additionally receives a fertility drug to stimulate egg production. When the eggs are mature, the physician retrieves the eggs from the donor’s ovaries with a long needle.

What happens during the IVF procedure?

After the eggs are retrieved from the donor, they are combined with the male partner’s sperm in a laboratory to be fertilized. If fertilization occurs, the embryos will be ready in a few days to be placed inside the woman’s uterus via a small catheter. The number of embryos placed depends on the patient’s wishes and doctor’s recommendations, and any unused embryos can be frozen for later use. Within about two weeks, the patient can find out if the embryos successfully implanted in the uterus.

For more information about treating infertility with donor eggs, contact Dr. Gregory Zapantis at New York Reproductive Wellness. Board-certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Dr. Gregory Zapantis has performed numerous successful donor egg IVF procedures at his Jericho, New York, practice.

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