A need for egg donation may arise for a number of reasons:
- Infertile couples may resort to egg donation when the female partner cannot have her own genetic children because her own eggs cannot generate a viable pregnancy; or because they could generate a viable pregnancy, but the chances are so low that it is not advisable to do IVF with her own eggs. This situation is often, but not always, based on advanced reproductive age.
- It can also be due to early onset of menopause, which can occur as early as in women’s 20s.
- In addition, some women are born without ovaries, while some women’s reproductive organs have been damaged or surgically removed due to disease or other circumstances.
- Another indication would be a genetic disorder that either renders her infertile or dangerous for any offspring – problems that can be circumvented by using eggs from another woman.