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Why Are Egg Donors Needed?

Are you in search of egg donors or would you like to become an egg donor? It is helpful to know why donor eggs are the best option for some women and couples as well as why egg donors are important. Keep reading to find out why a recipient may need donor eggs:


There are many causes of infertility. In some cases, a woman is capable of carrying a pregnancy but has a problem with her eggs or ovaries that prevents conception. Decisions to use donor eggs typically comes into play after multiple failed attempts at pregnancy using the woman’s own eggs. Others may choose to try using donor eggs after suffering miscarriages. 

Mother’s Age

A woman’s fertility begins to decrease as they reach their mid-thirties due to a reduction in both the quality and quantity of eggs in the ovaries. Girls are born with 1 to 2 million eggs at birth, with only a few hundred remaining by menopause. Older eggs have a higher rate of chromosomal abnormalities, which can increase the chances of early miscarriage. 

Genetic Disorders

Some women are unable to use their own eggs due to genetic conditions. Some chromosomal issues result in miscarriages, non-viable embryos, and birth defects. In cases such as these, women must use donor eggs to avoid the risks.

Ovarian Conditions

Up to 1% of women suffer from Premature Ovarian Failure, meaning that a woman’s ovaries stop functioning sooner than expected, with a shrinking egg supply. A woman’s egg supply can also be affected by cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery can harm the ovaries and other reproductive organs. 

Male Couples

Female infertility is not the only reason egg donors are needed. Male couples choose surrogacy with donor eggs as a way to build a family with a genetic connection. 


The North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine/Talbert Fertility Institute is the premiere center for reproductive health in North Carolina and the East Coast. Our team specializes in fertility testing, diagnosis, and treatment of infertility conditions. We’re experts in IVF, Tubal Ligation Reversal, Male Infertility, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Gestation Surrogacy, Family Balancing, and more. Contact us today and learn more about our egg donor program here.

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