Many women achieve their dream of becoming mothers thanks to the altruistic, anonymous donation and solidarity of another woman.  In clinical terms, any patient who receives donated eggs is called an egg recipient.

There are various reasons why a woman will need to turn to egg donation in order achieve pregnancy:

  • Failure of other assisted reproductive treatments.
  • Age (over 35), which is closely related to a poor reproductive prognosis if her own eggs are used.
  • Having gone through menopause.
  • The possibility of transmitting a hereditary disease to the child and the desire not to take this risk.

When eggs from young women are used, this treatment has a very high success rate. 60% of women succeed in getting pregnant in each cycle. This result is regardless of the age of the recipient.

At the FIVMadrid assisted reproduction clinic, we meticulously select our egg donors following a medical and psychological interview. They must be between the ages of 18 and 35, be healthy and have no family history of transmissible genetic disease. They undergo a number of tests, including general, serology, karyotype, smear and ultrasound tests. If everything is normal, they begin an ovarian stimulation treatment, followed by follicle puncture under sedation, in order to donate their gametes.

The experience of women who have achieved pregnancy following this treatment is usually highly satisfactory. It has not been demonstrated that children born from egg donation have more problems than the rest of the population. According to psychologists, it is also important to tell this child about their origins in the future and share this information with them in a natural way.

In Spain, there is a consensus among reproductive centres, with 50 being established as the maximum age for egg recipients.