The decision to begin your egg donation journey is a personal one, and in turn, hopeful parents and egg donors alike face a decision regarding the relationship they would like with one another. Ultimately, there are three types of egg donation cycles to consider – anonymous donation, semi-anonymous donation, and known donation.
Anonymous egg donation cycles are cycles whereby hopeful parents and egg donors remain anonymous. A hopeful parent may learn about an egg donor as a result of the egg donor’s application form, obtaining information such as age, ethnicity, medical history, personal narrative, and photos, but identifying information, such as the exchange of names and contact information, is not shared amongst the two parties.
Semi-anonymous egg donation cycles are cycles arranged with the possibility of limited contact between egg donor and hopeful parents. While hopeful parents and egg donors do not exchange full names or contact information, they may have a more open relationship wit the exchange of first names, may meet in person or communicate together by skype or phone, or in exchange letters through the egg donor agency or fertility clinic.
Known egg donation cycles, sometimes called “open” egg donation cycles, are cycles where hopeful parents and an egg donor are matched together after agreeing to share their names and contact information, and ultimately, agree to meet in person and stay in touch through the years (normally directly, and not through a third party). (Special Note: Outside the agency setting, another version of a known or open cycle may be coordinated by a hopeful parent using the eggs donated by a sister, relatively, or friend, with no egg donor agency involved whatsoever.)
Known egg donation is unique in that you may create a long-lasting relationship together through the years. Because the decision to be known may impact those closest to you, including your spouse, children, immediate and extended family, and friends, it is best to consider this carefully, talking with family and friends, before making the commitment to participate in a known cycle.
Ultimately, choosing to undergo egg donation is an incredibly personal decision in the family building process, both for hopeful parents and egg donors alike, and determining the type of cycle each of you wish to share together from the three types of egg donation cycles available, as well as the contact you envision for the future (if at all), is dependent on your own unique set of circumstances.
If you have further questions or would like a little extra guidance, contact our office today and we can answer any questions you may have about the three types of egg donation cycles we coordinate, as well as put you in touch with specially trained medical professionals who are experienced in guiding patients along in the right relationship path for them. You may also view our egg donor database to learn more about the candidates in our program.