Egg donation – an answer to a dream
Who benefits from egg donation?
donation is a solution for people who want to become parents but struggle to
conceive due to infertility or circumstance. Ideal donor egg recipients
with no or low ovarian reserve.
with poor quality eggs or eggs that fail to fertilise.
with premature ovarian failure.
who have reached menopause or suffer from premature menopause.
with a predisposition to hereditary conditions/abnormalities.
egg donation as a solution? Our list of frequently asked questions should answer
any queries you have. You may also want to read more on our website:
Frequently asked questions
What are the chances
of success when using a donor egg?
Egg Donation Programme has a success rate of about 48%; however this figure can
vary depending on sperm quality and uterine readiness.
Is there a waiting list
for donor eggs?
we provide immediate online access to a donor database of hundreds of egg
donors, with options to consider elements such as race, physical traits,
reproductive information and personality traits. Online access to the donors’
detailed profile is also available immediately.
Is there an age limit
to be a donor egg recipient?
African guidelines for egg donation emphasise that special consideration should
be given to couples where the female recipient’s age is greater than 50 years.
For this reason some clinics enforce a cut off age of 50.
How long will it take
to plan my donor program?
a two month period is required to plan a donor program. As menstrual cycles can be manipulated, the
timing can really be planned to the recipient’s specifications. Usually donor programs are planned within a
three month period, but with the consent of all parties, planning can extend
beyond this time frame. So after the egg
donor’s screening, recipients can be given exact dates to allow appropriate
planning arrangements to be made.
What are the costs for
to a regular IVF, additional costs for egg donation include screening
assessments for the egg donor, ultrasounds for egg donors (this is in addition
to the uterine assessment scans performed on the egg recipient), donor
donation, possible donor travel costs and donor agency fees.
Do I need to be
medically confirmed to receive donor eggs?
the process for egg donation, women as recipients of donor eggs should have
necessary medical tests. Men, whose
sperm will be fertilising the eggs, should also have specific tests done. Recipients
can submit required medical results to fertility specialists in person or
online to confirm that their body is in an optimal space to receive donor eggs.
Do I need to worry
about legal requirements/contractual obligations?
No, a professional
egg donation agency such as baby2mom will take care of any such details.
Do I need to match my
blood group to the egg donors?
matching of blood types does not influence the outcome at all.
Is egg donation
governed in South Africa?
ethical guidelines exist in South Africa to govern the process of egg donation. Baby2mom is a professional egg donation
agency that is compliant with the requirements of the South African Society for
Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG).
Will I meet my egg
donation in South Africa is anonymous and confidential, for this reason South
Africa is a highly sought after destination for egg donation worldwide. There is no egg donor registry, so egg donor recipients
are fully empowered to keep the decision of egg donation completely
confidential. The egg donor will not be
able to trace the egg donation.
with the anonymity, only childhood pictures of the donors, up to the age of 10
are provided. Unfortunately some egg
donors do not have access to these, so no pictures will be available.
What screening is
carried out on an egg donor?
psychological assessments, blood tests and an internal ultrasound are
performed. Hormonal blood levels are
tested to confirm the egg donors’ suitability to produce good quality eggs, in
addition HIV status is also checked. If a recipient elects for a donor to be
tested for other aspects these can be undertaken. At baby2mom we do not recruit
donors to our database if they have a medical history of/ predisposition to
genetic disorders such as club foot, haemophilia, bipolar illness, etc.
How do I select an egg
the online egg donor database and consider what is important to you. For some recipients physical match is
important. Other recipients elect to
match personality, interests, academic, religious or other aspects. At the end of the day this is a personal
decision and recipients are encouraged to be guided by their heart to select
the right egg donor. Baby2mom is happy
to help with recommendations.
Will my child take on
my traits with donor eggs?
conception and throughout life a child witnesses their parents’ behaviour and
therefore your own traits and mannerisms will be visible in your child.
Can I breastfeed if I
receive donor eggs?
course. Other than the recipient’s ovary
not producing the egg, all aspects about the pregnancy are the same.
Should I select an egg
donor with proven fertility, i.e. a donor who has donated successfully before
and/or has children of their own?
screening of the ovarian reserve of the egg donor is more important than their
fertility history. It is not necessary to select an egg donor who has a history
of fertility, these facts are provided for information only. Every woman is
different and every cycle is different. Egg donors may respond differently to
artificial stimulation than to natural fertility.
What happens if my egg
donor is found not suitable?
donation agency will assist you in finding a new egg donor or you as the
recipient can select a new egg donor from the database.
Would my egg donor
donors donate a maximum of 6 times or to the extent that 6 children are
conceived of egg donation.
Why do women become
African woman are beautiful and have grown to understand the need for egg
donation and are moved to make a positive difference. Many feel it is a divine calling.
Do egg donors get
No, but egg
donors will be compensated for expenses. This is a fixed amount and payable
through the fertility clinic.
Can I give my donor
additional reimbursements or a gift?
additional payment may be made to the egg donor (over the above mentioned
What if I want to send
my donor a message?
is happy to facilitate this interaction, as long as it is anonymous.
Why choose baby2mom for professional egg
have been in existence since 2007 and have extensive experience in egg donation
South Africa we have established relationships with reputable fertility
have worked with egg donor recipients both nationally and worldwide.
advanced egg donor database has a wish list functionality allowing donor
recipients to compile a summary of possible preferred donors.
donor database is growing daily.