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Donor Eggs (oocytes)

Why is oocyte donation needed?

Oocyte donation has only been possible since the establishment of IVF. It offers the only means of achieving a pregnancy when a woman is unable to produce her own eggs.

This may occur for the following reasons:
(i) the ovaries have never developed properly (eg. Turner’s Syndrome)
(ii) premature ovarian failure (premature menopause)
(iii) surgical removal of the ovaries
(iv) chemotherapy treatment

 

Who are the potential donors?

(i) clinic recruited donors
(ii) known donors, who are a friend or relative of the egg recipient It is preferable that the egg donor is under the age of 35 years as the chance of pregnancy is age related.

It is preferable but not essential that an egg donor has completed her own family. Counselling is a mandatory requirement prior to using donor eggs.

(iii) Overseas donors (The World Egg Bank -TWEB)