Egg donation is a fertility treatment option for people who, for various reasons, are unable to become pregnant using their own eggs. There are many reasons why a woman may not be able to use her own eggs to conceive a child. In some cases, the woman may not have any eggs to use.
For example, her ovaries may have been removed from a previous operation, her ovaries may have been damaged during cancer therapy, or she may have experienced early menopause. In other cases, a woman may simply not have enough eggs or her eggs may be of poor quality. Whatever the reason, egg donation can be an effective fertility treatment for women who are unable to conceive using their own eggs
There are three ways to obtain donated eggs:
- Using an altruistic donor in Canada– couples often have to find a donor who is known to them, either through family or friends, who is willing to offer their eggs as an altruistic donation (i.e.: the egg donor does not receive payment).
- Select a donor through Donor Egg Bank USA– A second option is now available through IVF Canada Fertility Centre. Couples may now select an egg donor in the United States through Donor Egg Bank USA and have eggs transferred to IVF Canada Fertility Centre where they can undergo the procedure close to home.
- Travel abroad– Couples sometimes choose to seek assistance outside of Canada. IVF Canada Fertility Centre works with reputable clinics in the United States and can assist in your care.