IVF Egg Donation

Our Egg Donation Program


Donor egg IVF is a form of fertility treatment where a young, healthy woman's eggs are used to produce embryos that are transferred to a recipient woman's uterus to establish a pregnancy. The recipient carries the pregnancy to term and gives birth to the baby. Delhi IVF Clinic offers two distinct egg donor programs: standard egg donor program, in which fresh donor eggs are utilized, and Eco Donor Egg Program (EcoDEP), in which recipients receive frozen donor eggs. This page explains the standard egg donor program. For more information about EcoDEP, please refer to the Eco Donor Egg Program page.

Because Delhi IVF Clinic has developed a reputation as the "fertility center of last resort" for women with severely diminished ovarian reserve and other difficult cases of infertility, a large majority of our patients come to Delhi IVF Clinic with a history of failed fertility treatments elsewhere and a recommendation for donor egg IVF. While our specialized clinical expertise in treating women with diminished ovarian reserve (either due to premature ovarian aging or advanced maternal age) has helped about a third of these women conceive with their own eggs, for two-thirds of these patients, donor egg IVF remains the treatment option with the highest chance of having a baby.

Delhi IVF Clinic considers egg donation as a treatment of last recourse. Our physicians believe in explaining all reasonable treatment options to women and couples, and helping them make their own informed decisions regarding which treatment to pursue. Too many women, in our opinion, are pushed into egg donation prematurely. We want to make sure that everyone entering a donor egg IVF cycle is fully convinced that this is the option they truly want to pursue, and if the patient decides to give IVF with their own eggs at least one chance before she considers egg donation, we respect that decision and apply our innovative and individualized treatment approaches to help them get pregnant with their own eggs.

Egg Donor Program at a Glance


  • Our oocyte donor IVF pregnancy rates are amongst the highest reported. Cumulative pregnancy chances with donor eggs at Delhi IVF Clinic, including all embryos produced in a given donor egg cycle, are typically in the high 80% to low 90% range. Yet, Delhi IVF Clinic considers egg donation only a treatment of absolute last resort.
  • Your pregnancy chances (and your risk of miscarriages) with donor eggs largely depend on the quality of the eggs that the egg donor produces. To ensure that you will have the best possible pregnancy chances, Delhi IVF Clinic rigorously screens donor applicants not only based on age and ovarian reserve status but also for a wide array of medical conditions and other factors.
  • Our program is extremely selective; only 1-3% of applicants are admitted.
  • Our program likely offers the largest and most ethnically, culturally, religiously and physically diverse pool of carefully selected egg donors anywhere in the world. This means that you have a real choice: You choose your egg donors from amongst about 200 excellent candidates, based on what characteristics you are looking for in your egg donor.
  • Since we do not perform shared egg donation (in which multiple recipients split a donor's eggs), we can really match you with your donor in physical appearance and other criteria that are important to you. You don't have to settle for a donor whom all the recipients participating in the shared donor cycle can agree on.
  • You will benefit from Delhi IVF Clinic's accumulated experience in helping long-distant patients with fertility treatment logistics, as we serve a large number of out-of-state and international patients who come to Delhi IVF Clinic for IVF and egg donation.
  • Approximately 1/3 of women who come to consult Delhi IVF Clinic physicians for egg donation, because they were previously told they needed donor egg IVF, end up conceiving with their own eggs at Delhi IVF Clinic.
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Deciding to Use Egg Donation: Delhi IVF Clinic's Approach

Donor egg IVF is a form of fertility treatment where a young, healthy woman's eggs are used to produce embryos that are transferred to a recipient woman's uterus to establish a pregnancy. The recipient carries the pregnancy to term and gives birth to the baby. Delhi IVF Clinic offers two distinctive egg donor program: the standard egg donor program that utilizes fresh donor eggs, and Eco Donor Egg Program (EcoDEP), a unique program offering frozen donor eggs.

Because Delhi IVF Clinic has developed a reputation as the "fertility center of last resort" for women with severely diminished ovarian reserve (also called low functional ovarian reserve, LFOR) and other difficult cases of infertility, a large majority of our patients come to Delhi IVF Clinic with a history of failed fertility treatments elsewhere and a recommendation for donor egg IVF. While our specialized clinical expertise in treating women with diminished ovarian reserve (either due to premature ovarian aging or advanced maternal age) has helped about a third of these women conceive with their own eggs, for two-thirds of these patients, donor egg IVF remains the treatment option with the highest chance of having a baby.

Delhi IVF Clinic considers egg donation as a treatment of last recourse. Our physicians believe in explaining all reasonable treatment options to women and couples, and helping them make their own informed decisions regarding which treatment to pursue. Too many women, in our opinion, are pushed into egg donation prematurely. We want to make sure that everyone entering a donor egg IVF cycle is fully convinced that this is the option they truly want to pursue, and if the patient decides to give IVF with their own eggs at least one chance before she considers egg donation, we respect that decision and apply our innovative and individualized treatment approaches to help them get pregnant with their own eggs.

Donor Egg IVF Offers the Best Pregnancy Chances


No fertility treatment offers higher pregnancy chances than egg donation (oocyte donation). The reason is obvious: Egg donors are usually young (Delhi IVF Clinic's egg donor pool rarely includes women above age 30 years).

An egg donor's young age means that the recipient's pregnancy chances and miscarriage risks become those of the young egg donor. Pregnancy chances decline and miscarriage rates rise with advancing female age.

Consequently, no fertility treatment can beat 20-year-old eggs in a 40-year-old infertility patient, who, now, has the pregnancy chance and miscarriage risk of a 20-year-old. Since the egg contributes approximately 95% (and sperm only 5%) to the ultimate "quality" of the embryo, the male's age is of much less importance.

Egg Donation Disqualifications: Screening to Ensure High Success Rates


Delhi IVF Clinic has one of the largest and most religiously and ethnically diverse egg donor pools in the world, but our selection process is also one of the world’s most rigorous. Both potential donors and potential recipients of donor egg IVF often wonder what might disqualify a woman from donating eggs.

Delhi IVF Clinic’s criteria for egg donation disqualification can be summarized as physiological, psychological and social conditions that can compromise the health of the donor and success of egg donation. Some of the disqualifiers include:

  • Inheritable genetic disorders
  • Infectious diseases, as well as behaviors that increase risks of infectious diseases, including recent travels to areas of Zika activity
  • A reproductive system disorder that could negatively affect fertility, such as PCOS, DOR or endometriosis
  • Current tobacco or drug use, or a history of substance abuse disorders
  • Obesity
  • Inability to commit to Delhi IVF Clinic’s program responsibilities for donors

It’s also important to note that when selecting egg donors for our program, Delhi IVF Clinic not only considers what disqualifies a donor applicant, but also what makes a donor applicant exceptional, such as ethnicities and religions that match our patient population, education levels, artistic/athletic talents, as well as good ovarian reserve. This rigorous donor screening process is the first and crucial step that ensures our egg donation program offers recipients the widest possible choice and best possible pregnancy rates.

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