Ovum or egg donation allows a woman to become pregnant when she's unable to successfully conceive using her own eggs. The UCSF Ovum Donor Program began in 1991 and was one of the first such programs in the Bay Area. Today, it helps more than 100 couples become parents each year.
Ovum Donor Program
This is an option when other infertility therapies haven't worked or when hormonal tests indicate a woman is unlikely to successfully conceive with her own eggs. Ovum donation may be appropriate for women born without ovaries, or whose ovaries were removed or damaged by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. It also can be an option for patients who'd like to eliminate the risk of passing on a genetic condition carried by the female partner.
Because the chance of having a baby is strongly related to the age of the egg, using donor eggs can increase the likelihood of having a baby from in vitro fertilization, or IVF. At UCSF, the chance of having a baby from a single ovum donation cycle is greater than 60 percent. Many cycles using donated eggs result in surplus embryos to freeze, and when you include later attempts with frozen embryos, the pregnancy rate at our center is about 80 percent.
Ovum donation allows couples to experience pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, and to have a child who is genetically related to the father. Parents will have control over many aspects of the process, including when to try to become pregnant and the choice of the donor.
If you're a new patient and would like more information about the UCSF Ovum Donor Program, please call (415) 353-7475.
We will discuss the program with you and set up an initial consultation with a member of our medical team. During this first appointment, the procedure will be discussed in detail. After taking your medical history, the doctor can best advise you whether egg donation is a viable option for you.
If you're already a UCSF patient and interested in more information about the UCSF Ovum Donor Program, speak to your doctor or nurse about next steps.
To learn more or request an application, please contact us at (415) 353-9251, or via email at [email protected].
Ovum donors offer an amazing gift to couples struggling to become parents. The knowledge that she has had the ability to make a profound difference for a family is frequently one of the most compelling reasons young women participate so generously in this process.
Being a donor entails committing to a thorough health and psychological screening. The medical procedures include injecting medications to stimulate your ovaries, undergoing ultrasound monitoring over the course of 10 to 14 days and undergoing an outpatient procedure to remove the stimulated eggs from your ovaries.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves fertilization outside the body in an artificial environment. IVF was first successfully used for human infertility in 1977.
Egg Donation Process for Donors
Donating your eggs to a couple who are struggling to become parents is a very generous act. Here we explain what's involved in becoming a donor.
Egg Donation Process for Recipients
The process of having a baby through ovum donation may seem complicated, but our doctors, nurses and counselors will guide you through the process step by step.
FAQ: Common Questions for Egg Donors
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Center for Reproductive Health at Mount Zion
2356 Sutter St., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Center for Reproductive Health at Mission Bay
499 Illinois St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
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