Providing an Alternative
Our mission is to offer prospective parents unparalleled options and savings
on top-quality eggs from the most desirable donors
Egg donation history
Egg donation was first successfully initiated in Australia in 1983. At that time, the founder of Egg Donor Alliance, Dr. Joe Massey was in Australia learning IVF techniques from the most innovative IVF specialists in the world. Today, almost 10,000 egg donor cycles are done each year in the United States alone, with many more abroad. At least 47,000 babies have been born from egg donation in the U.S. Egg donation produces about 10% of all babies born through the science of IVF. Browsing through the “success photos” at any IVF center, one cannot tell which babies are the result of an egg donation, although if the mother is over 40 years old, there is a good chance her baby is the result of using a donor egg. Nonetheless, we definitely have patients who had been told that egg donation was their best option and they have defied the odds and conceived when their chances of doing so were just 5-15%.
Who uses egg donors?
- Age-related Infertility: Most of the candidates for IVF are seeking it because of age-related infertility. The patients who do not beat the odds and fail IVF are the biggest majority of those seeking egg donation in this country. Some people take the much more certain path to success through egg donation with their first IVF cycle.
- Loss of Ovarian Function: Other women lose ovarian function due to surgical procedures like removal of ovarian cysts. In the case of endometriosis, doctors formerly removed endometriomas because we understood them to be harmful. Recently, we have found that leaving the endometriomas in place is the best strategy because of the collateral damage to ovarian tissue when endometriomas are removed.
- Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Another related group are those who have recurrent pregnancy loss. Frequently, these miscarriages are due to chromosomal errors in the eggs themselves.
- Cancer Treatments: A few candidates for egg donation have lost their ovarian function due to cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.
- Genetic disorders: Another indication for egg donors is for people with a genetic illness which would put offspring at severe risk of disease. These may be certain recessive disorders or X-linked disorders that only occur when the females’ eggs are used. Donor eggs circumvent this problem.
These non-age related causes of low numbers of eggs are less problematic than the aging itself. As the eggs age and the numbers decrease, it is not just a matter of quantity of eggs, it is a matter of quality, and the quality decreases as the numbers decrease with age.