There’s nothing like holding your child for the first time. Sadly, thousands of Americans long for this opportunity but face the obstacle of infertility. The good news? Egg donation makes it possible for those people to expand their families. Thanks to egg donors in the USA, these individuals and couples can achieve their dreams of parenthood.

The question is, what do egg donors do to make this happen? Family Creations explains how egg donation works, as well as the history of egg donation.

What Does a USA Egg Donor Do?

An egg donor in the USA plays a key part in the process of in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which involves fertilizing eggs in a laboratory setting. Egg donors contribute eggs to those who need them. The eggs can then be fertilized by either donated sperm or the sperm of a male intended recipient. A fertilized egg can then be implanted into the womb of a female intended recipient or a surrogate.

To be an eligible egg donor in the USA, you must typically be 20 to 29 years old. In addition, they must not smoke, must be in great health, and cannot use drugs.

History of Egg Donation

The concept of egg donation developed in the 1980s. The University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center was the first hospital to announce that it had begun the egg donation process, which was first successfully performed in the United States in 1983. 

Before IVF was used, doctors used a method called lavage. This process involved waiting for an egg to be released from an egg donor then using the sperm from a male intended recipient to inseminate the egg. Afterward, the newly fertilized egg would be washed out with a specialized syringe before it can implant itself in the uterine lining. Once IVF was developed, however, it replaced this method because it had a higher success rate.

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Why Partner with Family Creations?

At Family Creations, we take pride in being a leading egg donation and surrogacy agency. We are based in Woodland Hills, California with an additional office in San Francisco, and we also have offices in Des Moines, Iowa; Atlanta, Georgia; Seattle, Washington; and Austin, Texas.

We are passionate about providing the best possible experience for every egg donor in the USA, as well as every intended recipient. Note that it is free for intended recipients to register with us and for egg donors to apply.

Get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help you to achieve your dream of starting a family or help others to achieve this dream today.

by Julia McConnell | Last updated on : June 26, 2023