In-House Egg Donor Program

San Diego Fertility Center's In-House Egg Donor Program

All egg donors at our in-house donor program must complete an extensive egg donor application. Donors are interviewed and screened before being accepted into our egg donor program. Ninety percent of our cycles are considered anonymous, meaning the identities of the egg donor and egg donor recipient are not disclosed. While not the norm, the opportunity to gain more information from or access to an egg donor may be an option. SDFC's egg donors are healthy women between the ages of 20 and 30 who undergo the following review:

  • Extensive application and an in-person interview at our office
  • Review of medical history and physical examination
  • Testing for infectious diseases per California and FDA guidelines
  • Psychological assessment by a trained psychologist
  • Genetic counseling assessment and screening for inheritable diseases

In the IVF lab, the donor's eggs are combined with the sperm. The number of embryos transferred and the day upon which the embryos are transferred depend upon the number and quality of embryos that result from this cycle. In most cycles, our physicians transfer two embryos on day five. Many egg donors produce a large number of eggs which increases the possibility of freezing embryos for future use. Hormone support is administered for the first couple of months to maintain the pregnancy and the recipient is referred to her obstetrician at week nine of the pregnancy. Among many other advantages, pregnancy with donor egg IVF has a reduced rate of miscarriage and Down syndrome.