INTENDED RECIPIENT PARENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why consider egg donation?
Most women with the following conditions consider using egg donors:
Premature ovarian failure: women with poor ovarian function and unable to produce quality eggs before age of 40.
History of genetic disease: women who have a genetic condition/disease and do not want to pass the condition/disease to her child/children.
Advanced maternal age: women of 40 or older, produce poor quality eggs or no eggs.
After chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Ovaries are surgically removed, but have a hormonally responsive uterus
Failed to achieve pregnancy after repeated IVF cycles with own eggs
Why work with Diversity Fertility Services, LLC?
We offer tailor-made recruiting and unique matching services for Recipients seeking Asian Egg Donors. Our network of highly qualified Asian
donors include college educated, beautiful women located primarily within the Northeast (New York City), California, Washington State and
Canada. Our hand-picked and highly screened Donors are between the ages of 21 to 32, of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds for your
Our staff members include experienced successful Donors and prior Intended Parents with an intimate understanding of the process and ability to
guide you step by step throughout the process.
We have a team of multicultural and multi-lingual staff members to work closely with you during the entire process.
We provide a designated staff member for each of our signed intended parents and donor candidates, whom you will be able to reach for
discussion during the entire process. We recognize the inconvenience of working with you during regular office hours, and we offer flexible
schedules to meet your needs.
Are you looking for a known or anonymous Egg Donor?
Anonymous donation – Both Intended Parents and Donor do not disclose their confidential-identifying information with each other. No personal
meetings will be coordinated
Semi-open donation - Both Intended Parents and Donor do not disclose their confidential identifying information with each other. Both parties
may agree to meet each other with Agency staff or a social worker present as the facilitator.
Open donation – Both Intended Parents and Donor will release their confidential identifying information to each other. A personal meeting can
be arranged with Agency staff or a social worker present as the facilitator. Both parties must agree for an open donation to occur. In such case,
continuing future contact may remain between Intended Parents and Donor.
What are the advantages of egg donation over adoption?
Egg donation is a wonderful alternative to adoption. It allows the Intended Mother to experience the pregnancy and giving birth to her child,
while also allowing the Intended Father to retain a biological connection to the child.
What is the pregnancy success rate with an egg donor cycle?
Egg Donation can increase a recipient’s chance of pregnancy by as much as 65%! The success rates depend on many factors, such as experience of
physician; clinic embryo laboratory techniques; donor medication protocols; quality/quantity of eggs retrieved from a donor; sperm quality of
Intended Father; health condition (age, uterine condition…) of Intended Mother etc. In general, an egg donation cycle leads to higher chance of
success because most donors are healthy and in their prime fertility age and physical conditions. However, statistics can vary from center to
Should blood type be considered when selecting an egg donor?
In most cases, the blood type of an egg donor has little or no consequence on the outcome of the pregnancy. The blood type of the donor is
important only when Intended Parents like to make sure that the blood type of the future child will represent a natural blood type had they been
genetically conceived by both parents. For your reference the following table lists the possibilities of the potential child's blood type based on
Parent's blood types:
Possibilities of Child Blood Type, based on Parent Blood Types
Parent Blood Type Children Blood Type
O and O O A, B, or AB
O and A O or A B or AB
O and B O or B A or AB
O and AB A or B O or AB
A and A O or A B or AB
A and B O, A, B, or AB None
A and AB A, B, or AB O
B and B O or B A or AB
B and AB A, B, or AB O
AB and AB A, B, or AB O
Are your donors medically screened before presented to Intended Parents?
Our donors complete a comprehensive profile that includes their personal, family medical history and genetic conditions.
The medical screening (blood tests for infectious diseases, genetic conditions) are done in your IVF clinic. However, we can arrange for a donor to
complete medical testing upon request. For travel the travel Donor, we are able to arrange for her to complete their medical screening at a clinic
local to the Donor before attending your clinic for her initial visit.
What is the required Medical Screening for an Egg Donor?
1. General medical screening of Donor: A physical exam, a pelvic exam and an ultrasound to examine Donor’s uterus, ovaries and other pelvic
organs to assess Donor’s fertility. Blood will be drawn to check hormones on Day 2, 3 or 4 of menstrual cycle to assess Donor’s fertility. A
detailed medical and psychological history about Donor and close blood relatives will also be completed.
2. Infectious disease screening: Blood and STD Tests including·:
HIV-1 / HIV-2
HIV-1 / HIV-2
Hep B Surface Ag
Hep B Core Ab
Hepatitis C Antibody
3. Screening for inherited diseases: Some IVF Centers do a large number of genetic tests on all donors. Others select specific tests for each donor.
Some tests are required by state law. Donor will typically be screened by a Genetic Counselor and then have blood drawn to identify the
following genetic factors:
Any birth defects that required surgery or resulted in medical problems (such as a cleft lip, Spina bifida or a heart defect).
Certain genetic disorders (such as Huntington’s disease, hemophilia, Tay Sachs disease or sickle cell anemia).
Inherited diseases that are of special interest to a recipient because of her own family history.
Any major medical problems, surgeries, mental retardation, or psychiatric problems.
A program may check for disease genes that are common in the ethnic group of either the donor or recipient.
4. Psychological Screening
The ASRM recommends that all prospective donors undergo a psychological evaluation during screening to limit the possibility of emotional harm.
Psychological screening is generally aimed at identifying emotional problems, evaluating donor motivations, and verifying that women have a
thorough understanding of the physical, psychological, and legal risks that could result from donation. Some programs interview partners, friends,
and family members of potential donors to confirm the presence of adequate social support. Others may administer psychological tests such as
the MMPI to donor candidates. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggests that a woman should not donate eggs if she:
Has a serious psychological disorder.
Abuses drugs or alcohol or has several relatives who do.
Currently uses psychoactive medications.
Has significant stress in her life.
Is in an unstable marriage or relationship.
Has been physically or sexually abused and not received professional treatment.
Is not mentally capable of understanding or participating in the process.
If any of your close, blood relatives have serious psychiatric disorders, the program needs to know, because some psychiatric
disorders may be inherited.