Egg/Sperm Donor Specialist

Andrew Loucopoulos, MD, PhD

Infertility and Reproductive Medicine located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

In many cases, donated eggs or sperm allow for the most successful outcome during in vitro fertilization (IVF). At the practice of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City, Dr. Loucopoulos can determine if egg or sperm donation is the best course of treatment for your family goals. To learn more about egg and sperm donation and how you can carry out a healthy pregnancy, call the office or book a consultation online.

Egg/Sperm Donor Q & A

Why might I require a donor egg or donor sperm?

If a couple’s infertility stems from the woman’s inability to produce viable eggs or a man’s inability to produce viable sperm, then egg or sperm donation may be the best course of action. Conditions that might require donation include:

  • Premature ovarian failure in which menopause started earlier than age 40
  • Diminished ovarian reserve, meaning that the eggs produced are of poor quality
  • Genetic diseases that run in your family that could be passed on to your child
  • Previous failure with IVF that was likely due to egg quality
  • Poor sperm quality
  • Genetic problems on the male’s side that could be passed on to a child

Some men don’t produce sperm at all, and in this, case sperm donation is a must in order to achieve pregnancy.

How does the donor egg process work?

When you’re going to receive a donor egg, you’re given hormone therapy to prepare your uterus to receive an embryo. Meanwhile, the egg donor undergoes gonadotropin stimulation so that multiple eggs grow and mature. The donor for the eggs is usually a young, healthy woman who remains anonymous. Dr. Loucopoulos helps you through the process of selecting an egg donor.

Dr. Loucopoulos removes the viable eggs from the donor in a minor surgical procedure and fertilizes them with the man’s sperm in a laboratory. Within 3-5 days, the most viable embryos are transferred to your uterus. If the IVF with donor eggs succeeds, you should show a positive pregnancy test in 11-14 days.

What happens during sperm donation?

Sperm from a donor can help you get pregnant through artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Both procedures have a relatively high success rate.

During artificial insemination, Dr. Loucopoulos inserts the sperm into either your cervix or directly into your uterus. For IVF, fertilization is completed in a laboratory dish and then the resulting embryo is implanted into your uterus.

Usually, the sperm comes from an anonymous, healthy male. Dr. Loucopoulos and his staff help you understand the entire process of selecting a donor, so you completely understand the procedure, risks, and benefits.

To learn more about how to manage the process of obtaining donor eggs or sperm, call the office of Andrew L. Loucopoulos, MD, PhD, or book an appointment online.


To learn more about our Donor Coordinator, please visit her website by clicking here.