Egg Donation Programmes

Egg Donation Programmes

Today there are thousands of women who, for many different reasons need donated eggs in order to conceive. The egg donation is an anonymous procedure in which the donor provides oocytes to the receiving couple.

Donated eggs from volunteers are fertilized with sperm from the recipients partner. After fertilization, the resulting embryos are transferred to the receiving patient following gestation.

Donor Egg IVF Success Rates (Pregnancy) at EmBIO


Embryo Transfers

Clinical Pregnancies

Clinical Pregnancy Rate
per Embryo Transfer

2021 812 561 77.8%
2020 782 531 76.5%
2019 768 523 77.2%
2018 708 488 73.8%
2017 678 435 72.9%
2016 641 455 71.2%
2015 628 433 71.8%
2014 608 395 72.3%
2013 510 360 70,6%
2012 490 338 70.9%
2011 503 350 70%
2010 449 291 69%
2009 358 243 68%
2008 309 191 62%

Hence, donor egg IVF is the option for the following groups of women. Those whose own eggs loose the capacity to produce the essential oocytes for conception. In this group there are women with:

  1. premature ovarian failure: Women born without or with under-developed ovaries.(e.g. Turner’s Syndrome).
  2. those suffering from premature menopause. Most women go through the menopause in their mid to late 40’s or early 50’s. After the menopause a woman is no longer capable of conceiving because her ovaries stop producing eggs and sex hormones. This, however, occurs much earlier to some women, even in their teens or early twenties, before they would even have contemplated starting a family. This condition is called premature ovarian failure or premature menopause.
  3. ovarian damage following surgery, radiation or chemotherapy

There is also another group of women, those with active ovaries, but need donated eggs because

  1. carry an inheritable genetic disorder such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or haemophilia. These diseases can be passed on to their offspring. Rather than risk giving birth to a child who might suffer greatly and die at an early age, some women choose to have a chance of an unaffected child by egg donation.
  2. they repeatedly fail to respond to ovarian stimulation in an IVF programme Some women persistently produce poor quality eggs or embryos when stimulated. These ladies may improve their overall pregnancy chances with egg donation.
  3. their own eggs repeatedly fail to fertilise in an IVF programme or their own embryos repeatedly fail to implant
  4. they have a history of recurrent miscarriage

We run a range of donor egg programs designed to meet the needs of women in both groups, following the recommendations of the effective legislation. In any case we are working to provide recipients with a matched donor through the highest standards of medical care and treatments. Notably, unlike other programs, we do not advertise, recruit or solicit Egg Donors. All of the Donors in our program have located us as a result of their own diligence and research. You therefore can be assured that these woman are mature, thoughtful and have considered all the ramifications involved.


An egg recipient's story on the Observer

"The egg may have come from another woman but my baby received nourishment from my body and she was bathed in my hormones."

J J Mary Wilton. 4S, a technical author, and her husband Bob. 39. from Hertfordshire, have a two-year-old daughter, Alex, conceived using donor eggs- Desperate for a sibling for her, they are searching for another egg donor. 

"I suppose people look at me out about egg donation, but were told that because my husband had a child from a previous relationship, we wouldn't be eligible.

"We love Alex utterly and. because I carried her for nine months, she is completely mine - ours. She's the image of my husband, but like me in character. The egg may have come from another woman, but she received nourishment from my body and was bathed in my hormones."

the story of an egg donor recipient on the observer

Egg Donation

Egg donation is a very successful option to build a family. Donor eggs are recommended for women who have:

  • Age related infertility
  • Hormonal irregularities that inhibit normal egg production
  • Eggs that are unsuitable as a result of genetic disease
  • Have healthy ovaries and a regular menstrual cycle but do not respond well to fertility medications
  • Have not become pregnant with other assisted reproductive technologies for a significant period of time

Egg donation has become an increasingly popular option (Read our patients' egg donation success stories) because it has higher success rates than IVF cycles using a woman's own eggs. Egg donation also allows for strong biological and developmental relationships within a family because donor eggs are fertilized with the male partner's sperm, matured to an early embryonic stage and then placed in the female partner's uterus, providing her the same gestational experience as natural conception.

EMBIO MEDICAL CENTER has a team of highly trained experts dedicated to assisting couples who are considering the use of donor eggs. They will work with the couple and explain what to expect during a donor egg cycle, how to select an egg donor, and how donors are screened.

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