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Donor Eggs

Daniel Rostein, MD, FACOG

Fertility Specialist & Fertility Clinic located in Oak Brook, IL

Donor eggs are an excellent option for women who can’t get pregnant with their own eggs. Infertility specialist Daniel Rostein, MD, FACOG, in Oak Brook, Illinois, has helped many women and their partners build their families by fertilizing donor eggs in the lab and safely implanting the embryo into the woman’s uterus. Whether you need a donor egg or want to consider becoming an egg donor, consult with Dr. Rostein right away. Call the office today or book an appointment online to learn more about donor eggs.

Donor Eggs Q & A

What are donor eggs?

A woman can have her eggs removed and donated to another woman. These donor eggs can be used immediately during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure or frozen and stored until needed.

Egg donors usually remain anonymous, but you can learn about them by reading their profiles. You can also find someone you know to donate their eggs. If you have a known donor, they go through the same screening process as an anonymous donor.

When would I need donor eggs?

Donor eggs offer LGBTQ+ couples the chance to build their family. Egg donors also help women who can’t get pregnant with their own eggs or have a genetic disease they don’t want to pass on to their children.

Health reasons women may need donor eggs include:

  • Premature menopause (menopause starts before 40)
  • Diminished ovarian reserve (you have fewer eggs than normal)
  • Premature ovarian failure (your ovaries don’t function properly)
  • Infertility due to poor egg quality (usually related to your age)
  • History of recurrent pregnancy loss
  • History of failed in vitro fertilization

Women might also need to use donor eggs if they’re undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and their ovaries don’t respond to medications promoting egg maturation.

How are egg donors screened?

Women are carefully evaluated before being approved to donate their eggs. The screening process includes reviewing the donor’s medical history (personal, family, and genetic), physical and pelvic exams, and a psychological evaluation.

Egg donors also have lab work to test their hormonal balance and check for drug use, health problems, and infections, including sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

What happens to donor eggs during in vitro fertilization?

If you’re receiving frozen donor eggs, they’re carefully thawed and then fertilized in the lab with sperm from your partner or a donor. Dr. Rostein can also remove eggs from a known donor who has passed the screening process and fertilize them right away.

The embryo grows in the lab for five days, then Dr. Rostein transfers it to your uterus. Though the process sounds simple, it has to be coordinated with medication that prepares your uterus to receive the embryo.

Call Daniel Rostein, MD, today or request an appointment online if you need an egg donor or want to donate your eggs.