Egg and Embryo Donor Programs for IVF Patients

Posted by BK Ultrasound on Jan 29, 2015 2:54:00 AM

Dr. Ernest Zeringue, Infertility Specialist and founder of the California IVF Fertility Center, offers his opinions on the effect that an IVF patient’s age has on her chances of getting pregnant. He then discusses three different egg and embryo donation options available for his patients

As women enter their late thirties and early forties, their chances of getting pregnant can drop by half over a span of a couple of years.  However, if a patient is using donor eggs in her IVF cycles, then her chances of getting pregnant are not affected by age.  Instead, the risk to her health that pregnancy entails becomes the biggest issue; California IVF patients who are entering their fifties are evaluated for cardiac and pulmonary disease before starting fertility treatments.


Egg donor programs available to fertility patients use donated eggs and sperm, typically from the patient’s husband or male partner.  Traditional embryo donation programs use an already fertilized egg from a donor couple that’s implanted into the patient’s uterus.  These are usually donated by couples who have leftover embryos after successful fertility treatments.  However, the availability of donated embryos is frequently limited, and the quality of the embryos can vary. 

California IVF’s Conception Program uses donated eggs and donated sperm to create embryos which are then transferred to their patients.  The pregnancy rate of this program is 95%.  To read more about this program please visit

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Topics: Reproductive Medicine

Written by BK Ultrasound