Information for Donor Egg Recipients

Oocyte donation, commonly referred to as egg donation, is sometimes the only way for a woman to have a child. This is the case when a woman's own eggs cannot produce a pregnancy due to:

  • Age
  • Disease, genetic abnormalities or other factors
  • Inadequate response to fertility medications
  • Prior surgeries

In these circumstances, it is still possible for the woman to conceive a child and carry it to term - with help from donated eggs. Rather than using a woman's own eggs, donated eggs are mixed with sperm, fertilized, and the resulting embryos are placed into the woman's uterus using in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment techniques. The presence of a healthy uterus is necessary.

Choosing a Donor

If you choose to participate in our New York State-licensed program, your first decision will be to select either a directed egg donor (someone you know) or an anonymous egg donor. To help you with this decision, please review our sections on directed egg donors and anonymous egg donors.

The success of our Oocyte (Egg) Donor program is based on our high standards for donor screening, the expertise of our team in matching appropriate donors and recipients, and the skill of our physicians and laboratory staff in producing results that exceed the national average.

Our donor recruitment wait-list time is approximately one year, depending on your donor requirements. Patients at NYU Langone Fertility Center can also use outside donor recruiting agencies to further reduce this wait time. NYU Langone Fertility Center will only collaborate with donor egg banking facilities that are registered with the FDA and hold an appropriate license with the New York State Department of Health for Tissue Banking.

When using an outside donor agency, there are two options: fresh eggs or frozen eggs. Fresh eggs are recommended for patients with severe male factor infertility, those who require the use of surgically retrieved sperm or when preimplantation genetic diagnosis/screening (PGD/PGS) of the resulting embryos is requested. If those services are unnecessary, patients may choose frozen donor eggs and reduce their wait time. All patients who wish to consider donor eggs should speak with their primary NYULFC physician and donor egg staff about the available options.

Currently, the NYU Langone Fertility Center utilizes My Egg Bank® North America for frozen donor eggs. Visit for more information.