Choosing an egg donor – 5 FAQs with Ovobank ID
Time for your questions. What does the TTC community want to know about egg donation right now? And, as Europe’s very first egg bank, where do Ovobank ID stand on selection, blood type, matching and shipment?
Q. How do you select an egg donor?
At Ovobank ID, our coordination department will help match you with an egg donor who best-meets your criteria. We factor in all of the elements above, from physical appearance preferences to blood type, and also immunological/phenotypical compatibility. We’ll then send you our proposal, and your clinic will receive oocytes 24-48 hours later (in the case of vitrified (frozen) oocytes).
Q. Does blood type matter, with donor eggs?
Medically speaking, your donor’s blood type doesn’t affect your chances of pregnancy. But blood type is important to many intended parents – see no 5 above for why this might be.
Q. How are donors matched?
We try to provide options to meet all sorts of situations, and requirements. With Ovobank ID, you can:
- use our shared platform Ovotracker, where your medical team can help you choose directly from a list of egg donor profiles
- match with our donors independently online at www.ovobankid.com, or using Ovomatch – our cutting-edge facial recognition matching app
Q. How do you select the best quality oocytes?
Our embryologists only select oocytes in metaphase II (MII), so that they’re able to undergo meiotic maturation, fertilization, proper embryonic development and, ultimately, lead to a successful pregnancy. After thawing, we carefully review the morphology of the oocyte. Our embryologists run analysis for morphological anomalies, assessing whether any of these may interfere with their quality.