Donor Egg or Embryo Recipient


For some patients, the path to parenthood requires help from an egg or embryo donor. Some situations that could require that include:

  • Severe diminished ovarian reserve or premature ovarian insufficiency
  • Prior chemotherapy or radiation
  • Advanced reproductive age
  • Absent ovaries (congenital absence or prior oophorectomy)
  • Multiple failed IVF cycles
  • History of poor or abnormal fertilization
  • Arrested embryo development
  • Female carrier of a genetic condition in couples not pursuing preimplantation genetic diagnosis
  • Single men, same-sex male couples and transgender individuals

The professionals at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California recognize this path requires a considerable investment of time, energy, and money, not just for screening and medical treatment but also for egg bank or agency fees and other expenses for the involved parties.

Egg Donor Recipient

When looking for an egg donor, several options have to be taken into consideration:

  • Known donors identified by the patient
  • Anonymous donors identified and screened by Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California’s Ovatures Program
  • Anonymous donors identified through an independent agency
  • Anonymous donors who have already donated and frozen eggs at an egg bank

Each of these options come with advantages and disadvantages, and the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California care team will help make the process of selecting the right one for your family smoother. Factors to consider include the cost of treatment, time to successful match, availability of ethnically diverse or otherwise appropriate donors, the desire to maintain kinship through a known donor arrangement, planned family size, and whether subsequent children be full siblings. The Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California physician, nursing, and mental health teams stand ready to navigate the issues to find the best solutions.


Established by couples who have successfully completed their own families and have chosen to help others by donating embryos to the program, the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California’s Embryo Donation Program works on a process similar to the egg donation process, allowing patients to review the donor profiles detailing medical and family history, relevant genetic testing, and motivations for embryo donation.

While donated embryos may have already undergone comprehensive chromosome screening (CCS) prior to embryo freezing, additional testing determines whether an embryo has the correct number of chromosomes and can develop into a healthy pregnancy. CCS may also decrease miscarriage rates and improve the live birth rate per transfer.

In addition to testing the health of the embryo by looking at 22 chromosomes, CCS also tests the sex chromosomes, making it possible to determine whether a particular embryo will be male or female.

Every path to parenthood is different, but the desired result is always the same. Speak to Reproductive Medicine Associates of Northern California today and take the next step on your path.