What are your options if you are interested in using egg donation to build your family? Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Joe Massey, a reproductive endocrinologist with Servy Massey Fertility Institute and co-founder of Egg Donor Collaborative, and Dr. Ronald Feinberg, a reproductive endocrinologist and Director of IVF Programs at Reproductive Associates of Delaware and co-founder of Egg Donor Collaborative.

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  • Who is egg donation primarily used for?
  • Can it be used for women in menopause?
  • What is the process for the donating woman?
  • What is the medical process for the recipient?
  • Do you have to choose an egg donor that has your blood type or same Rh blood group (positive Rh or negative Rh)?
  • For years the primary model for egg donation was to find a young woman and have her go through the stimulation cycle and the recipient then has all the eggs. At the beginning these eggs were then fertilized with the partners or donor sperm and then 1-2 used fresh and the other frozen. Is this still done?
    • Cost of this approach?
    • Advantages to this approach?
    • Disadvantages of this approach?
  • Shared fresh donor:
    • Cost?
    • Advantages?
    • Disadvantages?
  • Egg Bank:
    • Cost?
    • Advantages?
    • Disadvantages?
  • Collaboration between clinics to expand the potential pool of donors that recipient parents have to choose from.
    • Cost?
    • Advantages?
    • Disadvantages?
  • Going abroad for egg donation:
    • Cost?
    • Advantages?
    • Disadvantages?
  • What other options for finding an egg donor exist?
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