Oocyte donation

Oocyte (egg) donation is a feasible option for many couples to have a child. For some women, oocyte donation may offer their last and only hope to carry their partner’s biological child.


Egg donation allows the woman to experience pregnancy and delivery of a child that may have not been possible with her own genetic egg. Simply put, if an egg problem is found during in-vitro fertilization (IVF), replacing a poor-quality egg with a better-quality egg will fix the problem. A pregnancy rate of approximately 65% is generally expected if the proper egg donor is selected.


Oocyte donation may be an option in the case of:

  1. Premature ovarian failure (POF). POF can be secondary to:
    1. Unexplained infertility
    2. Previous chemo or radiation therapy
    3. Surgical procedures on the ovaries
    4. A genetic predisposition
  2. Advancing maternal age
  3. Poor response to fertility medications
  4. Demonstrated poor egg quality at previous IVF attempts


All couples considering this option require counselling to discuss the ramifications of using a donor egg. It is of paramount importance that the couple is ready to live with this decision throughout their future.


Oocyte donation also requires a considerable amount of time and effort on the egg donor’s behalf. These women are usually highly motivated and have a strong desire to help an infertile couple have a child.