Egg Donation Specialist

Deborah Smith, MD -  - Reproductive Endocrinology

Rocky Mountain Fertility Center

Deborah Smith, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Specialist located in Englewood, CO & Rapid City, SD

Egg donation is more common than you might think; about 15% of couples trying to conceive use a donor egg. Whether you’re an egg donor recipient or would like to donate your eggs, reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist Deborah Smith, MD, at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center in Englewood, Colorado, and Rapid City, South Dakota, can help. Dr. Smith offers advanced infertility treatments, including egg donation when necessary, to help you achieve a normal pregnancy. Schedule a consultation with Rocky Mountain Fertility Center by phone or online today.

Egg Donation Q & A

What is egg donation?

Egg donation is a fertility treatment for women who can’t use their eggs for pregnancy due to a health condition, certain medical treatments, or genetic abnormalities. 

If you’d like to consider using a donated egg to carry a baby, your uterus must be shaped normally and function properly. If it isn’t, a gestational carrier, or surrogate, can help you achieve your dream of becoming a parent.

Who are egg donors?

Egg donors must meet the following requirements.

  • Give consent for egg donation
  • Be ages 21-32
  • Have normal ovulation patterns
  • Be in good health
  • Have no family history of genetic disorders
  • Complete a routine physical examination
  • Pass a laboratory screening for communicable diseases

Results of an egg donor’s lab test must be negative for sexually transmitted diseases and other diseases. You can choose an anonymous egg donor or someone you know, such as a friend or family member, if they are willing to donate their eggs.

Every donor has a profile that is very thorough. Everything from their physical characteristics to personality is included. Interests. Career. You have as much available information about your donor as you want.

Who are egg recipients?

You might be a good candidate for receiving donated eggs if you have one or more of the following health conditions.

  • Previous ovarian surgery
  • Are a carrier of a genetic disorder
  • Poor egg quality
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Previous chemotherapy or cancer treatments
  • Premature menopause
  • Absence of ovaries at birth
  • Inadequate response from fertility medications

Talk with the fertility specialists at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center about being an egg donor recipient if you are younger than age 50 and can carry a healthy pregnancy.

What should I expect during egg implantation?

Egg donors must undergo a physical exam and blood tests to ensure they are in good health. They receive self-administered hormone injections, regular ultrasounds, and transvaginal ultrasound-guided egg retrieval.

After harvesting donor eggs, a specialist at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center fertilizes them with sperm in a lab and implants them into the recipient's uterus using specialized in vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques. 

Pregnancy rates with donor eggs are very high, and if there are no other confounding variables, results can be as high as 80% per attempt.

If a medical condition or advanced maternal age prevents you from using your eggs to become pregnant, or you’d like to donate your eggs, call Rocky Mountain Fertility Center for a consultation or use the online booking tool today.