Did you know that parents welcome more than 40,000 babies each year with the help of donor eggs and sperm? Advancements in these reproductive technologies have offered life-changing results for people struggling with infertility.

The decision to use a donor egg can feel overwhelming — and scary. Dr. Tony Tsai and the team at The New York Fertility Center work with people trying to make their dreams of parenthood a reality. One of our many services involves donor eggs, both freshly retrieved and frozen.

Are you thinking about using a donor egg? Here’s our guide to finding the best option.

Consider the source

One of the easiest places to start when moving forward with egg donation involves getting right to the source — the donor.

Sometimes, it seems like an ideal solution to work with a close friend or relative. After all, you know them, and it’s often less expensive. On top of that, if they’re related, they share genetic material.

However, there can be disadvantages that come with knowing your egg donor, such as:

  • Emotional or psychological complications, like regret, jealousy, or resentment
  • Questions about ongoing contact with the child
  • Potential legal issues

Success rates are also typically lower when donor eggs come from a family or friend than candidates screened by professional fertility clinics. And, if an egg donation isn’t successful, it can add an additional level of complexity if you know your donor.

Think about what’s important to you

Egg donors undergo a psychological and medical screening process to determine eligibility. Typically, they’re under 35, with most age 21-30.

In addition to a donor’s age, you can also screen them for characteristics you find important. For instance, you might choose a donor based on:

  • Physical appearance
  • Intelligence markers
  • Health and wellness
  • Athleticism
  • Musical or artistic inclinations
  • Religious affiliation
  • Personality

Keep in mind that these can be important traits to consider. However, there’s no guarantee a child will have these qualities. Similarly, some of these characteristics can grow less important over time.

Work with experts you trust

Perhaps most important of all is to partner with fertility experts you can trust when searching for an egg donor.

Our practice is known for many “firsts” in Queens, and one of them includes the first donor egg pregnancy. We also have an outstanding reputation for success as one of the first IVF centers established in the area.

Dr. Tsai and our team can guide you through the entire process of finding a donor egg based on your needs. More importantly, we can offer deeper insight into your options and answer the questions that come up along the way.

We can make an overwhelming, emotional experience easier — because you shouldn’t have to find an egg donor or navigate fertility issues on your own.

Are you considering a donor egg? We can guide you through the process from start to finish. Contact The New York Fertility Center to schedule a consultation with one of our experts in Manhattan or Flushing, New York, today.

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