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Egg Donation

Egg donation is a fertility treatment where a young woman (donor) donates some of her eggs to help another person or couple (recipient) have a baby. This is done through a process called In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).


Intended Parent

Intended parents are individuals or couples who cannot conceive on their own and plan to use IVF, egg donation, and/or surrogacy to build their family.


Egg Donor

An egg donor is a young woman who is willing to donate some of her eggs.



A woman who receives eggs donated by another woman. It could be an intended parent herself or a surrogate.


Egg Donor Database

The egg donor database is a secure, login-required portion of our website that displays all current Signature egg donors to intended parents. All donor profiles are anonymous and include details such as education, ethnicity, physical traits, pictures, etc.


Anonymous Egg Donor

An anonymous egg donor’s personal details are never revealed. The intended parents or donor-conceived child will not be able to contact the donor and vice-versa.


Open Egg Donor

An open egg donor is willing to share their identity and contact information with the intended parents.


Known Egg Donor

A known egg donor is someone the intended parents know, such as a family member or friend, who donates their eggs.



In Vitro Fertilization is a fertility procedure in which eggs are extracted from a woman’s ovary and mixed with sperm in a lab dish to allow fertilization. The resulting embryos are placed back into the woman’s uterus in hopes of establishing a pregnancy.



To stimulate her ovaries to make more eggs, the donor takes fertility medications. She will be monitored with ultrasounds and bloodwork during this phase of the donation process.


Egg Retrieval

Surgical procedure to retrieve mature eggs from the egg donor’s ovaries. The egg donor is lightly sedated during this procedure and follicles are retrieved using a long needle.


Embryo Transfer

The medical procedure where the embryos are transferred to the recipient or gestational carrier.


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