Egg Donation

Egg Donation

GAY MALE COUPLES AND EGG DONORS

Egg donation is a medical process in which a woman “donates” her eggs to others who are unable to conceive with their own eggs or, as in the case of a gay male couple, do not have the ability to provide their own eggs. An egg donor is typically compensated $7,000 to $10,000 after the eggs are retrieved.

Egg donors are mostly healthy young woman, usually in their 20s and old enough to give informed consent. Prior to egg donation, all donors are thoroughly medically screened, and psychologically screened and counseled in accordance with guidelines set by thte American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Under a reproductive endocrinologist’s care, the donor takes fertility drugs to stimulate ovulation. The eggs are then removed from the donor’s ovaries.

Gay male couples can become parents with the help of egg donation and a surrogate to carry the pregnancy. Using the sperm of one or both male partners, the eggs are fertilized in the lab and the resultant embryos transferred to the uterus of the gestational surrogate in order to achieve a pregnancy. Often, gay may couples will want two embryos transferred, one of each that has been fertilized with that partner’s sperm, in the hopes that twins will be born. That way, each partner will have a biological connection with one of the children.

Some couples may ask a family or friend to be the egg donor and then use the sperm from one or both of the male partners to fertilize the eggs. Couples may also choose to use an “anonymous” egg donor. The intended parent or parents should take several factors into consideration prior to beginning the egg donation process, including the age of the donor, and the emotional and physical stability of the donor.

Because of advances in egg freezing, intended parents can now select frozen eggs from a donor egg banks, which is similar to a sperm bans. There are several benefits to selecting frozen eggs from a bank, including:

  • The egg donor has already been screened and accepted. During a fresh egg donation cycle, the donor may not pass the screening process.
  • The egg donation cycle is less complex and less likely to be canceled because the cycle of the donor and the surrogate/recipient do not have to be synchronized.
  • Frozen egg banking speeds up the process. A fresh egg donation can take up to a year.
  • The cost of frozen egg banking is often 30 percent to 50 percent less than doing a fresh egg donation.

Whether a gay male couple chooses to use a known egg donor, an anonymous egg donor or select an egg donor through a frozen egg bank, a lawyer that specializes in reproductive law should draw up a legal contract which protects the intended parent or parents.

Fertility Centers of Illinois has its own donor egg program. In addition, our fertility clinic partners with Donor Egg Bank USA, which is one of the most comprehensive frozen donor egg programs in the United States. Donor Egg Bank USA was created for patients to gain access to a diverse database of egg donors with the added convenience of a quicker treatment process.

ConceiveAbilities is another choice for egg donation.