Although egg donation is a highly successful fertility treatment, there are still many things to think about when considering the ideal donor for you. Choosing an egg donor, while simple and straightforward for some couples, can be complicated and stressful for others. As egg donation has become more widely used, the pool of potential donors has grown, and now hopeful parents can choose among a number of traits and fine-tune their choice of an egg donor to reflect their physical traits or other criteria they find important.
The fact that a woman is an approved egg donor at all means that you already know a few things about her. She is in her 20s, she is healthy and likely well-educated, she is not a smoker, and she is of proportionate height and weight. She also meets standards for mental and emotional health.
Besides these basic standards, however, you probably have certain traits in mind that you would like to find in your ideal egg donor. Couples seeking egg donors didn’t always have this many choices to make; they typically looked (among a very small group of potential donors) for a woman who shared their skin and hair color. Now, however, our Advanced Search Function allows you to search for donors with the features you want, such as ethnicity, hair and eye color, height, and level of education. You may even send photos of yourself so that we can assist you in finding your ideal match.
Couples look for many different things in their potential donors. If you’re wondering what you should be looking for, the answer is that you should look for whatever you like! You may want your donor to be attractive, intelligent, or artistic – or you may be most concerned with finding a donor who shares similar physical features with you. Either approach is fine.
There are certain criteria that make a woman an ideal candidate for donating her eggs. However, beyond the basic health-related criteria, the question of what makes an egg donor “ideal” really boils down to what makes a donor ideal for you. Whether your priorities are physical characteristics or intellectual ones – or something else altogether – the important thing is that you are comfortable with your choice of donor and that she embodies the traits that are right for you and your unique family.