Egg Donor Qualifications

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Egg donor qualifications ensure that hopeful parents receive high-quality eggs

At our Virginia fertility center, we serve hopeful parents from diverse backgrounds. Our patients need healthy donor eggs for many reasons. Some are using gestational surrogates to achieve their dreams of parenthood. Others have poor egg quality due to disease or the aging process. Regardless of the reason, donors who meet our egg donor qualifications play a vital part in helping a hopeful parent’s dream become a reality.

Learn about our egg donor qualifications

The most recent research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that transferred fresh embryos using donor eggs have about a 55% live birth rate. At our Virginia fertility center, we enjoy a much higher live birth rate from fresh donated eggs. Our success depends, in part, on our egg donor qualifications:

  • Be 21-31 years of age. Women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have. Over time, the quality and quantity of these eggs decrease. Women between the ages of 21 and 31 are most likely to have the healthy eggs that hopeful parents need.
  • Have a BMI of 21-27. The egg donation process requires monitoring, medications and a retrieval procedure. Having a BMI that falls within the normal range reduces the potential health risks for the donor and gives donated eggs a better chance of success.
  • Follow activity restrictions. During an egg donation cycle, donors should not have sexual intercourse because of the risk of pregnancy. Donors should also avoid high-impact sports and exercise for about a month after the cycle.
  • Have donated eggs fewer than six times. Women who meet our egg donor qualifications are welcome to donate eggs more than once. However, our Virginia fertility center will only allow women to complete a total of six donation cycles.
  • Be physically and mentally healthy. Our egg donor qualifications include passing screenings with a psychologist. We review a potential donor’s personal and family medical history to help rule out diseases and other medical issues that could be passed on by a potential donor. We also want to be sure that a potential donor is mentally and emotionally ready to donate her eggs.

The reasons for our egg donor qualifications

Our egg donor qualifications were created to serve the best interests of our donors, our recipients and of course, the healthy little ones we hope will be the result of an egg donation cycle. If you believe you meet our egg donor qualifications and would like to learn more, please contact our Virginia fertility center.