Known Egg Donors


Donor eggs are used to assist conception in women with varied reproductive problems. Women of advanced maternal age (40 years of age or older) are the most common group that require donor eggs. The unfortunate reality is that the ability to conceive and maintain a pregnancy is directly related to a woman’s age. This decline in fertility is primarily due to the age of a woman’s eggs, while the potential of her uterus to sustain a pregnancy continues.


A possible solution for these women is to consider an egg donor. For patients who are not comfortable considering an anonymous egg donor, a known egg donor may be a solution. A known egg donor is someone whose identity is known to the patient, such as a friend or relative, who agrees to go through a portion of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle in order to retrieve eggs. Those eggs would then be fertilized with the sperm of the partner of the female patient or donor sperm and the resulting embryos transferred to the female patient.


Virginia IVF and Andrology Center will gladly assist in the mandated FDA infectious disease screening of known egg donors. If testing is performed by your physician’s office, Virginia IVF and Andrology Center will complete a review of all the testing and the results to ensure that it is appropriate under FDA regulations. Appropriate fees will apply.


To be considered as a recipient for donated eggs you must be 51 years old or younger and have a normal uterus. Our facility does not perform in vitro fertilization on women who do not meet these criteria due to the higher risk factors to both the mother and baby to carry a pregnancy or in some cases the physical inability to carry a pregnancy. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends that female patients over the age of 45 undergo a thorough medical evaluation including a high-risk obstetrical consult prior to undertaking in vitro fertilization (IVF) using donor eggs.