Egg Donation

Egg Donation in Tucson

In egg donation, an egg is provided from another source – (a friend, family member or anonymous egg donor). The donated eggs are used in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. This is another option for women who may have been unsuccessful with in vitro fertilization using their own eggs.

If you are interested in becoming an egg donor and helping couples become parents please contact our Egg Donor Coordinator, Dr. Randi Weinstein at or call 520-733-0083 for more information.

IVF and the Egg Donation Process in Tucson

Infertility is diagnosed when a woman is unable to become pregnant or bring a pregnancy to term after attempting for a full year. As an increasing number of Americans delay the age at which they begin to have children, the rate of infertility has gradually risen. In fact, statistics show that 20 percent of all American couples are infertile (whether due to the man, woman, or both). In vitro fertilization with egg donation is a wonderful option for these couples as well as single, would-be mothers, affording them an excellent opportunity to have children.

Each egg donor undergoes comprehensive physical, psychological, and genetic screening prior to beginning the egg donation process. Both the donor and the recipient are prepared for the procedure using hormone replacement medication to suppress the menstrual cycle. Then, the donor begins ovarian stimulation medication to increase the number of eggs that will develop.

Ovarian Stimulation in Tucson

These fertility drugs enable your ovaries, or your donor’s, to produce many eggs. Doctors monitor the development of the eggs using ultrasound and keep track of hormone levels through blood samples. During this period medications are adjusted to synchronize cycles to better prepare the uterus for embryo transfer.

Oocyte Aspiration in Tucson

Similar to in vitro fertilization, the eggs are removed through follicular aspiration after being allowed to develop for 10 to 12 days. The procedure is performed under monitored anesthesia care with a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Embryo Transfer

At this stage in the egg donation process, the eggs are taken to our laboratory where they are combined with the sperm from the husband, partner or other donor. Eggs that are fertilized are allowed to grow for five days – to the blastocyst stage. After that time, the developing embryos are introduced into the patient’s or intended mother’s prepared uterus.