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Egg Donation

Egg donation is an artificial reproductive technology where an ovum (egg) is retrieved from one woman (the donor) and fertilized. The resulting embryo is implanted in another woman (the birth mother or surrogate mother), who carries the fetus until its birth. As the clinical use of this procedure is a relatively new phenomenon, there is no clear halachic consensus as to whether the status of the child is based on the egg donor, the woman Continue reading

Egg Donor Myths

Myth #1: It isn’t your baby

The vast majority of prospective recipients of donor gametes (and donor embryo) think that the baby who was born with the help of donor eggs isn’t their genetic baby. We should notice that any donor (sperm, egg, embryo) should be expected to relinquish Continue reading

Who Are Appropriate Candidates For Donor Egg?

The primary indication for egg donation was originally for women with premature ovarian failure (POF), defined as menopause occurring before the age of 40 years. POF affects approximately 1% of the female population; in effect, this condition indicates depletion of a woman’s own eggs and cessation of ovarian function. The causes of POF are varied, and a thorough medical evaluation to seek an underlying or associated process is important prior to treatment. Continue reading