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Donor Eggs

Why is egg (oocyte) donation needed?

Egg donation has only been possible since the creation of IVF and is the only means of achieving a pregnancy when a woman is unable to produce her own eggs.


A woman may require donor eggs for the following reasons:
(i) ovaries have never developed properly (eg. Turner’s Syndrome)
(ii) premature ovarian failure (premature menopause)
(iii) surgical removal of the ovaries
(iv) chemotherapy treatment

There are two types of potential donors?

(i) de-identified donors
(ii) known donors – these donors are friends or relatives of the egg recipient.


It is preferable that the egg donor is under the age of 35 years and preferable but not essential that an egg donor has completed her own family. Counselling is a mandatory requirement prior to using donor eggs.