Egg Donation

In the simplest way, egg donation is the procedure that allows the transfer of healthy eggs from one female to the other. When an infertile female does not have healthy eggs, she chooses egg donation. Egg donation is very common for IVF couples and in fertility clinics. Infertile couples where the female is unable to conceive or has an egg deficiency choose egg donation for fertilization and implantation.

About the procedure

The procedure includes giving medications and special hormones to the donor that induces ovulation. The preference is for multiple ova from the ovary. The multiple eggs are then removed with the help of an ultrasound probe with a needle at the end. The eggs come out with the help of suction through the needle. A fertility expert then evaluates the eggs and then chooses the viable ones for in vitro fertilization. The eggs stay inside an egg bank in a frozen condition. The egg donor goes through many screening tests before the actual donation process. 

Who qualifies for the procedure?

Women who face infertility issues, lack good gamete health or go through ovarian insufficiency receive healthy eggs from egg donor programs. On the other hand, aged females who wish to bear children might also receive an egg from an egg donor program even after ovarian complications or failure. The donor program offers healthy eggs to childless couples who struggle in the fertilization and implantation phase. The egg donation happens from healthy females who do not have any significant diseases or disorders. The females who qualify for egg donation mostly belong to the 21 to 30 age bracket.

Why is the procedure conducted?

The procedure occurs for couples who are unable to conceive due to insufficient eggs in the ovary or unhealthy eggs. The procedure helps couples experience pregnancy and normal childbirth. The whole process ensures that even infertile couples can have healthy babies and experience childbirth. Egg donation programs work for the noble cause of bringing children into this world.

Different Types 

Egg donation happens from various sources, and the most common sources are known donors, semi-known donors or anonymous donors. The most common type of the three is anonymous egg donation. Couples prefer unknown or anonymous egg donations because they do not have any emotional conflicts or issues arising. However, the couple gets to choose the egg donor based on health vitals and other information. Moreover, egg donation also works with known and semi-known donors. Some couples prefer it since you get the assurance of where the egg is coming from.


There are many benefits of the donor program for couples who cannot conceive due to bad egg health or ovarian health. The success rate of egg donor programs in fertilization is 40 to 55 per cent. The success rate varies from fertility clinic to clinic and bank to bank as you choose the right program for you. Therefore, it is important to choose a good donor program to benefit from. You need to consult with fertility and IVF experts for further guidance. It is important to choose a good fertility clinic like Apollo Fertility. You can  Request an appointment at Apollo Fertility, Noida or Call 1860 500 4424 to book an appointment today.

Risks or Complications

There are many risks that the donor and the recipient face when they go for egg donation. For example, the donor might end up with a hyperstimulated ovary and complications that arise from it. The donor also goes through different symptoms such as mood swings, PMS signs, and even spotting in some cases. Both the receiver and donor expose themselves to infections when they go through cycles of egg donation and receipt. The eggs need proper screening and precautions for proper procedure and risk minimization.


Egg Donation programs are possible at large scale due to advanced medical facilities and tests. The egg donor programs are a ray of hope for infertile couples who suffer from female infertility. Egg donation works for couples who suffer from infertility on the mother's side and lack good ovarian health. 

1. Can egg donation for a donor lead to infertility?

No, the donation of an egg does not lead to infertility for the woman.

2. What is the best age for egg donation?

The best age for egg donation is the 21 to 30 age bracket.

3. What can disqualify me from donor programs?

Factors such as lifestyle habits, health concerns and possible infections disqualify you from egg donor programs.

4. How many eggs does the donor donate in one cycle?

The egg donor donates eggs to the number of 10 to 20 in one cycle when she signs up for the egg donation program.

5. Is the egg donation process painful?

No, the egg donation process is generally not painful.

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