Using Donor Egg IVF to build your Family

Donor egg IVF represents a beacon of hope for those who have encountered obstacles on their journey to parenthood. Whether you are struggling with infertility, have a genetic condition that poses risks to your offspring, or are pursuing parenthood as a single individual or same-sex couple, our comprehensive donor egg IVF program offers a pathway towards achieving your dream of creating or expanding your family.

Donor egg IVF has a high success rate and has helped many people fulfill their dreams of having a family.

Breaking down the process of Donor egg iVF

Donor egg IVF, or donor egg in vitro fertilization, is a fertility treatment method in which a recipient uses eggs donated by another person (the egg donor) to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization. In donor egg IVF, the donor's eggs are retrieved and fertilized in a laboratory with sperm from the intended parent or a sperm donor. The resulting embryos are then transferred into the recipient's uterus.

Overview of the Donor Egg IVF Process: 


  • Recruitment of an egg donor
  • Screening and testing of the egg donor
  • Synchronization of the egg donor and recipient
  • Stimulation of the egg donor with fertility medication and preparation of the recipient uterus
  • Egg retrieval from the egg donor
  • Fertilization and culture of the retrieved eggs
  • Transfer of the embryos into the recipient’s uterus
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IVF1Match Donor Egg Program

Our donor egg program, IVF1Match, maintains an extensive and diverse database of available egg donors, allowing us to offer a wide range of choices to our patients. We understand that every individual and couple has unique preferences when it comes to selecting an egg donor, and our goal is to provide options that match your specific criteria.

Our commitment to affordability means that we offer competitive pricing for our donor egg IVF services without compromising on the quality of care or the selection of donors. Whether you're seeking specific physical traits, genetic backgrounds, or other preferences, our large donor pool ensures that you'll find a donor who aligns with your needs, making the journey to parenthood as accessible and personalized as possible.

Finding Success through donor egg IVF

We take pride in our track record of achieving successful pregnancies through donor egg IVF. The success rates for donor egg IVF can be remarkably high, often exceeding those of traditional IVF. However, it's important to remember that success rates can vary based on several factors, including the age and health of the egg donor, the quality of the embryos, and the individual circumstances of the recipient. Our experienced team will work closely with you to optimize your chances of a successful outcome, providing personalized care and support throughout your journey toward parenthood.

Donor Egg IVF FAQ

Premature Ovarian Failure or premature Menopause: Egg donation can be used successfully for this group. These are individuals who, for a variety of reasons, may have entered menopause at an early age (under age 40, at times in early 20’s). Just as with those who have gone through menopause, they usually do not have functional eggs remaining in the ovaries or may not have ovaries at all. Some individuals are born without ovaries and some may have had their ovaries surgically removed for various reasons.

Occult Ovarian Failure: These are individuals who still have monthly periods and evidence for ovulation, but whose eggs are very unlikely to produce a pregnancy. This group is said to have decreased ovarian reserve and can only be diagnosed by ovarian reserve testing. This is the most common case for using egg donation.

Advanced Maternal Age: As a woman’s age increases, her ability to conceive a pregnancy decreases and risk of miscarriage increases. This is because there is a lower number of eggs left in the ovaries, and a decreased potential for those eggs to produce a viable pregnancy. This is true even if they haven’t been shown to have abnormalities in ovarian reserve testing. Data on pregnancy rates shows that after about age 35, egg donation is more successful in producing a healthy baby than in vitro fertilization (IVF) with a woman’s own eggs.

Failure of Other Treatments: Occasionally, a couple will choose to use egg donation if they have attempted multiple other treatments without success. Egg donation is most commonly used for patients who have not had success with in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles.

Maternal Genetic Abnormalities: Rarely, individuals may have genetic or chromosomal abnormalities that they don’t want to pass on to a child. This is less common now with the availability of preimplantation genetic testing (PGT). However, egg donation may still be used if a problem is known to be hereditary, but the exact gene mutation or problem is not known and therefore impossible to test for.

LGBTQ+: Many LGBTQ+ individuals and couples utilize donor egg IVF to grow their family.

An egg donor can be someone who is was previously known or unknown to the recipient couple. A known egg donor can be anyone who is not closely related to the partner who will be providing the sperm. An egg donor can be related to a partner who is not providing sperm. Sisters, nieces, cousins, or even daughters from previous partners are acceptable candidates to be a known egg donor. If a couple does not have a suitable known egg donor or does not feel comfortable with a known egg donor, they can try to find an unknown egg donor.

There are many resources for finding egg donors. Many of our patients are choosing to recruit their own egg donors by placing advertisements in local newspapers or by placing signs up at local colleges or beauty salons. Some of our recipients have found potential egg donors on the internet, while others will use an egg donor agency (though this is a very expensive method). IVF1 maintains a large database of young women who are interested in becoming egg donors for our patients.


If you decide to recruit your own egg donor, the most important thing to be aware of is that anonymity in egg or sperm donation is no longer possible. Any child born from egg donation will carry the donor’s DNA. It is now possible, because of the popularity of DNA testing services such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA, for an individual to find relatives. Therefore, an egg donor could identify your child through such testing and online family trees. Likewise, your child could find the identity of a donor in the same way later in life. If you are comfortable with the fact that complete anonymity is not possible, when trying to advertise for a donor you should still do it in a way that preserves your privacy as much as possible.

Here is an example of a well crafted ad: Nice couple seeks young woman to be an egg donor. Must be under 25 years old. Compensation will be given. Apply at ivf1match.com. Use the code name “baby1”.

By using a code name (be sure to choose your own), the donor applicant does not know who you are, and other individuals will not know who you are. When the donor applies online, we will know that this is a donor responding to your ad by the code name.

We will review the information the donor completes online. If the egg donor candidate seems acceptable, then we will notify you of her donor code and you can go online and review the questionnaire. You can then choose whether you want to use this egg donor applicant or wait for another to respond. If an acceptable egg donor applicant is not chosen by the recruiting recipient couple, we will ask her if she is willing to donate eggs for another couple in our practice. If she agrees, we will change her designation in our database from “matched” to “available.”

Initial Screening of an Egg Donor

The initial questionnaire that the donor fills out asks about several aspects of her life:


  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Medical history
  • Reproductive history
  • Family Medical history
  • Sexual practices
  • Infection risk
  • Psychological history
  • Social habits (use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs)
  • Physical characteristics
  • Previous egg donor experience

When an egg donor applicant is chosen for further screening, they are asked to come to the office to meet with us. At that time, we will go over their initial application and discuss anything that may be unclear. We will review the process of egg donation, what will be expected of them, and review the risks and side effects associated with the treatment. If they are still interested in donating eggs, we will begin medical screening.

Medical Screening of an Egg Donor

The medical screening includes:

Assessment of Ovarian Reserve

  • Day 3 Estradiol and FSH levels
  • Anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) level
  • Transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian volume
  • Antral follicle count

Testing for Transmissible Diseases

As of May 25, 2005, the FDA is requiring significantly enhanced testing for all reproductive tissue donors including egg donors. This involves a more extensive medical history, a more extensive physical exam and a wider array of tests for infectious disease.

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV /AIDS
  • RPR/syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia

The donor must have these tests performed as part of their initial screening for donor eligibility. They will also undergo repeat testing shortly before the egg retrieval. A potential egg donor may be declared ineligible at any point during testing.

Testing for Hereditary Problems:

  • Chromosome test (karyotype)
  • Comprehensive genetic carrier screening panel

If the egg donor applicant passes the above tests, then they will be acceptable to use as an egg donor.

Learn more about becoming an egg donor including requirements, the egg donation process, compensation, and how to apply.

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Thanks to Dr.Morris I am holding today my little dream girl. I don't have enough words to express how thankful I am to him and everyone working in IVF1 Naperville. Highly recomend Dr.Morris and his clinic to everyone looking for real professional help and attitude!

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I’m so grateful to have been referred to Dr. Morris and his team! I’ve spent the last month or so working with the team and they’ve made what is naturally a hard process both mentally and physically as comforting and easy as possible. Dr. Morris’s success rates speak for themselves, but what I want to let everyone know is that he is equally comforting. A special thank you to Jocelyne, Pam and Barbie, these three women on his staff from front desks to RNs really have made the experience an extremely positive one. PS. My cousin who referred me to Dr. Morris has a smart, healthy and beautiful baby boy who he helped bring into this world!

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I honestly can’t praise this company enough. Dr. Randy Morris bedside manner is absolutely amazing, his staff professionalism and customer service is also amazing. Your experience with this company will be nothing but perfect. From the initial call to the receptionist. To speaking with the nursing staff, billing, etc. everyone wants to help you with family planning. No matter what my outcome is, I know I’m with a co that will make sure I have the best chances. Thank you to Dr Randy Morris and Staff a bunch!

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He is a very professional and good doctor. the whole clinic is very nice. all the staff are amazing. The doctor operated on me for endometriosis and I got pregnant during the second IVF. we have a wonderful 1 year old son. thank you doctor we still have an embryo, I think I will definitely come back to you in a year or two.

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Dr. Morris is by far the best fertility doctor! When I transferred to IVF1 from my previous fertility doctor, he read all my medical records in depth. Never once did I feel stressed or unsure of what was happening. The entire staff there is so nice and make you feel so comfortable. It was so easy to schedule appointments, get medications, or ask a nurse a question. My calls were always returned within 20 minutes. I highly recommend IVF1! Dr. Morris made it possible for us to get pregnant!

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