Become a Parent Using Donor Eggs

Egg Donation is a fertility treatment in which a young, fertile woman donates some of her eggs to a recipient who is otherwise unable to get pregnant. This may be due to advanced maternal age or other fertility reasons.

What is Egg Donation?

Egg Donation is a fertility treatment in which a young, fertile woman donates some of her eggs to a recipient who is otherwise unable to get pregnant. This may be due to advanced maternal age or infertility.

Egg donation is also a way for same-sex couples to build a family using an egg donor and a surrogate. The donated eggs are then fertilized with sperm and develop to a blastocyst stage embryo in the embryologist laboratory. The embryo is then transferred into the recipient’s uterus to achieve pregnancy.

This fertility treatment is most commonly used by those who are unsuccessful in getting pregnant:

  • Are later in reproductive age (ages 43+)
  • Have experienced premature ovarian failure
  • Have undergone several failed IVF cycles
  • Exhibit elevated FSH levels
  • Carry risk factors for genetic diseases
  • Are same-sex or heterosexual couples, single parents…We celebrate diversity at LFI!

Egg donation is a very successful fertility procedure with a live birth rate of approximately 70% per transfer and it doesn’t affect the donor’s own ovarian reserve.

Lane Fertility Institute’s Egg Donor Program

Conception Fertility Egg Donor and Surrogacy is the internal egg donation and surrogacy concierge program at Lane Fertility Institute. It supports patients whose journey to parenthood may include the use of donor eggs or a gestational surrogate.

Our egg donor program is led by a dedicated team of clinical coordinators and embryologists. We have made it our mission to make fertility and reproductive health care affordable and accessible to more families in the Bay Area, across the United States, and globally. Parents wanting to grow their families using donor eggs can choose more cost-effective options for them while still receiving high-quality care.

During your initial call, your unique circumstances will be discussed in order to provide you with the best treatment recommendations based on your situation and fertility goals.

As experts in egg donation, the LFI team has very high success rates working with fresh and frozen egg donation. By choosing our program for your egg donation journey, you are ensuring the best experience possible while achieving your dream of growing your family.

Lane Fertility Institute has an online egg donor database where you can view profiles of our available donors.

Our Egg Donor Database

Our Egg Donor database provides information on the donors we are currently working with who donate fresh and frozen eggs. Each profile features adult and childhood photos of the egg donor, detailed medical history, and information about immediate family.

Our egg donors have an opportunity to tell you about themselves in their own words, too; who they are as a person, what it was like growing up in their family, what passions, talents, likes, and dislikes they may have and why they decided to become an egg donor.

We update our database on a regular basis. We are always speaking to and screening new potential donors.

Visit our egg donor database here. 

Choosing an egg donor is not always a straightforward process and can be one of the most time-intensive parts of your fertility journey. Patience is important. Please contact our egg donation coordinator if you do not see anyone you feel is right for you. We build strong relationships with the donors in our egg donor program and get to know them well. We will do everything we can to help you find the best match for you.

Our egg donor consultation services are free of charge.

Using Fresh Donor Eggs

Using fresh donor eggs means we fertilize the eggs harvested from the donor on the day the eggs are retrieved.

Once you have chosen an egg donor, our medical team will work with you and the donor to schedule and create a cycle calendar. This will outline the exact timing for you and your egg donor to start taking relevant and prescribed medications. The calendar will provide an approximate date for egg retrieval.

Using Fresh or Frozen Sperm for Egg Fertilization

Our medical team will discuss with you the difference between using fresh or frozen sperm for fertilization to make the choice that is right for you.

If fresh sperm is being used for fertilization, our clinical coordinator will schedule an appointment for the day of your donor’s egg retrieval.

If frozen sperm is being used, we will need the sperm (your partner’s or donor’s) at our clinic at least 1 day before the procedure of donor egg retrieval.

Once fertilized by fresh or frozen sperm, fertilized eggs are carefully incubated for 5 days while they develop into blastocyst-stage embryos. The embryos are then ready for a transfer into the intended mother’s or gestational surrogate’s uterus. Alternatively, the embryos can all be frozen for transfer at a later date.

Cost of Donor Eggs

Using Frozen Donor Eggs

Using frozen donor eggs is an alternative to fresh egg donation. Frozen eggs can be made available for use as soon as the recipient (the intended mother or a surrogate) is ready.

Our frozen egg program also allows intended parents to choose a shared cycle by purchasing a cohort of eggs. Typically a minimum cohort is 6 eggs.

What is a Shared Cycle?

A shared cycle is when two sets of IPs (Intended parents) share the eggs one egg donor provides. The IP(s) may share fresh or frozen eggs from a donor with other intended parents. Both options offer significant cost savings as two or more intended parents share the associated costs.

In our experience at LFI, most egg donors produce more eggs than are needed for one recipient. In traditional egg donation, many of these embryos are not used and are discarded.

In our shared program, the eggs from each cycle can be used by a number of intended parents in batches, beginning with a batch size in cohorts, beginning with a cohort size of of 6 fresh or 6 frozen eggs. We consult with intended parents to decide on the size of the egg package that will help you achieve your fertility goals.

Purchasing Cohorts of Eggs can Result in Further Cost Savings

Package Price Considerations:

Frozen Eggs: Starting at $27,500

Fresh Eggs: Starting at $33,100

Shared cycle donors undergo the same medical, genetic, and psychiatric screening as all other donors. They have legal representation as required by the FDA and recommended by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.

If you would like more information about using donor eggs and our egg donation process at Lane Fertility Institute, please contact us or call to speak to our egg donation coordinator at (415) 432-7281 or email at donorcoordinator@lanefertility.com

How Does Egg Donation Work?

The process of egg donation requires that the components of an IVF cycle are divided between the donor and the intended parent or gestational surrogate.

The egg donor goes through the first steps of IVF, including ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval. Then the intended mother or gestational surrogate receives the embryo transfer and carries the baby to term.

When the cycle begins, the medications required for a standard IVF cycle are given to the egg donor.

Once the donor’s eggs are mature, they are retrieved using a transvaginal ultrasound-guided method of follicle aspiration.

Sperm is provided by one of the intended parents or a sperm donor, and fertilization occurs in the laboratory.

Egg Donation Embryo Transfer

In a fresh egg donation cycle, the donor and recipient must have synchronized menstrual cycles. This is accomplished by using a combination of birth control pills and medication. The intended mother or surrogate takes a combination of estrogen and progesterone to prepare the uterine lining for embryo implantation. Typically, embryo transfer is scheduled 3 or 5 days after egg retrieval. The intended parent or gestational surrogate continues to take estrogen and progesterone through the end of the first trimester to mimic the hormones produced by the ovary during natural conception.

At the end of the first trimester (twelve weeks gestational age, or approximately ten weeks after the embryo transfer), the placenta produces the hormones on its own, and taking estrogen and progesterone is no longer required.

An embryo transfer can also be achieved using a frozen embryo that is thawed for use at a designated time.

Legal Considerations for Egg Donation

Fertility patients and egg donors often have questions about the legal aspects of egg donation.

Who owns the eggs? The Intended Parent

Can a donor try to reclaim embryos created from donated eggs? No!

Can a donor petition the courts for access to a child resulting from an egg donation? No!

Can a donor be legally required to take responsibility for a child that is born as a result of their donated eggs? No!

Contracts protecting Intended Parents and recognizing Intended Parents as parents have consistently been upheld in courts. These laws apply to any donor eggs retrieved, embryos created using these donor eggs, and babies born from pregnancies that involve donor eggs.

Confidentiality and Anonymity

In most of the United States, egg donation can be anonymous, and most intended parents and donors choose this pathway and never meet. Confidentiality will always be upheld by the egg donation agency and medical clinic.

With anonymous egg donation, Intended Parents will have access to medical information and photos to select a donor, but not any personal information that would help them identify or locate the egg donor. The donor will not have any information about the Intended Parents.

Patients can also choose to use an egg donor they know (directed or known donation) in which the Intended Parents and egg donor maintain some type of communication during and after the donation process, and might include a donor meeting or communication with the child that resulted from the donor’s eggs. Finally, Intended Parents may choose an open identification egg donor. This is an egg donor that is not previously known to the Intended Parents, but agrees that they will be openly identified to the Intended Parents and the Donor Conceived Child on the 18th birthday of the child.

Contact Lane Fertility Institute with your donor egg questions

We are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you are ready to begin your journey to parenthood through egg donation or want to learn more about donating your eggs, please call our egg donation coordinator at (415) 432-7281.

Vivian DeLima, BSc, Fertility Team at Lane Fertility Institute in San Francisco

LFI’s Donor Coordinator is Vivian DeLima

Vivian has been an egg donor multiple times and has extensive experience in the area of egg donation. She oversees the LFI egg donor program, ensuring that the needs of egg donors and Intended Parents who are referred to LFI either by an agency or our own clinic, are met. She works to confirm that all egg donors are physically and mentally sound to perform healthy, frozen embryo transfers for Intended Parents.

“Advocating the cause of inclusive and accessible family building as a program director for our egg donation program, my passion stems from the unwavering belief that every individual deserves the chance to embrace the transformative journey of parenthood” – Vivian DeLima

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