Egg Donation: “The Gift of Life to a Loving Couple”
For millions of the world’s infertile couples, egg donation is an important option. You see, egg donation has helped women who are unable to conceive with their own eggs, women who have no ovaries, or who have a history of genetic disease that conceiving with their own eggs would be too risky.
Since 1988, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas has helped thousands of couples through egg donation. And if you’re reading this page chances are you are interested in helping a loving couple have a family through one of the most generous of gifts—your eggs!
Adhering to the strictest ethical and clinical guidelines established by infertility societies, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas continually recruits for healthy egg donors from all ethnic backgrounds. The basic requirements our practice requires are:
- Egg donors must be in good health with no chronic health or genetic problems
- Egg donors must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years
- While egg donors are compensated for their time and effort; the greatest benefit to being an egg donor is the satisfaction of knowing a loving family has been created.
Unless otherwise requested, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas provides anonymous donors. In other words, the woman receiving your eggs will not know your identity. Anonymous donors are matched as closely as possible for the criteria specified by the prospective recipient based on such criterion as ethnic background, physical traits, and genetic history.
Common Questions About Egg Donation
Q: I’m interested in being an egg donor. What do I do first?
A: The first step to be considered as an egg donor is to complete our online questionnaire, which includes a complete medical history, and genetic questionnaire. Tests conducted after this includes physical exams, psychological profile, and blood tests for sexually transmitted diseases and genetic disorders.
Q: What happens after I’m on the candidate list for egg donors?
A: Given the demand for egg donors, chances are you won’t wait for long until a prospective couple seeks your help. At that point either Dr. Shapiro or Dr. Daneshmand would put you on a treatment regimen as prescribed.
Q: What is the process once I am an egg donor?
A: Dr. Shapiro or Dr. Daneshmand will prescribe hormone therapy to stimulate your ovaries to produce many eggs. This may take anywhere from one month to several months. How the eggs develop will be closely monitored with vaginal ultrasounds, physical exams, and blood tests. Once the eggs are mature, they are retrieved through a non-surgical procedure under IV sedation. This takes about an hour. After the eggs are retrieved, the embryologist fertilizes the donated eggs in the lab with sperm from the egg recipient’s partner or a sperm donor. The resulting embryo is then transfered to the recipient.