AART - Donor Egg Program

Donor Egg Program

What is Donor Egg?

When a woman is unable to produce her own eggs or her eggs are of poor quality, there is the option of obtaining eggs from the ovaries of another woman donor. They are then fertilized by the sperm of the recipient’s partner. These eggs are then implanted back into the uterus of the recipient. This procedure is called “Donor Egg”.

When is Donor Egg used?

Donor egg may be recommended to a woman who has a uterus, but who is unable to produce usable eggs. This could be the result of:

  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Early Menopause
  • Risk of transmitting a chromosomal or genetic disorder
  • Woman has had her ovaries removed or damaged as a result of chemotherapy or radiation therapy

Does AART offer a Donor Egg Program?

At this time, AART accepts friends or relatives of a couple to be donors – “known donors”. We are unable to accept or provide eggs from anonymous donors. A known donor can be a sister, cousin, niece or friend. A donor cannot be a daughter of the couple or a blood relative of the male partner. We also cannot accept donors who have been recruited through advertising or donors who are paid for their involvement. Paying a donor contravenes impending federal legislation.

For the best results, AART recommends a donor under the age of thirty-five. It is important to speak with your AART physician regarding the suitability of a donor.