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Choosing an Egg Donor

Tips on how to choose an egg donor

Choosing an egg donor will be one of the most challenging decisions you will ever make.  It is very important for you to take your time and not rush into making a decision too quickly.

View the donor website often.  Upon viewing the donor profiles, you will find information regarding the donor’s physical attributes such as height, body build, eye color, hair color and blood type.

Medically, blood type is not an important factor in Third Party Reproduction, so do not limit yourself to a donor whose blood type matches your own.  For personal reasons, however, you may want to choose a donor with your blood type.  This may be an important factor for intended parents of certain cultures or religions.

The donor ‘s profile also includes the donor’s personal medical history, her family history and ethnic and religious background, as well as her level of education and special interests.  Although you will find it very important to find a donor whose genetics closely resemble your own, you may find other specific traits that are important to you such as her accomplishments, education, personality, and special interests.

It has been said that we are each as different as snowflakes and we will never find an exact physical match.  Instead of trying to find a donor whose physical characteristics are identical to your own, you should consider looking at each egg donor as an individual who has unique characteristics that she will contribute.  The blending of genetics of any two people will ultimately create a wonderfully unpredictable outcome of a child that will be unique to your family.

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Embryo Clearinghouse

The Department of Health and Human Services, the State of Texas and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine took steps to bring this program to life. TFC supported a bill that would have created a clearinghouse for embryo donation. HB1145 died in committee in April 2015, but it’s important to maintain momentum that began with HB1145.