Recipient Information

Women who are unable to produce eggs of their own, carry a genetic disorder or have poor egg quality are encouraged to explore the option of the egg (oocyte) donation program at Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos. To be considered as a recipient for donor eggs, you must have a normal uterus and be 50 years of age or younger.

Patients of advanced reproductive age (40 years or older) are the most common recipients of donor eggs and are able to overcome the age barrier with the use of donated eggs. Patients undergoing In-vitro fertilization with donated eggs often have high success rates because the egg being used is from a young, healthy donor.

There are two categories of egg donors - anonymous and known. Anonymous donors are not permitted to meet you, the recipient, and cannot know whether or not a pregnancy occurred from the cycle. Known donors are often related to the recipient, most often a sister, or a compassionate friend of the couple. In known donor situations, it is suggested that all parties involved sign a legal contract outlining details of the egg donation.

Screening for Recipients

During your initial consultation at Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, all aspects of the egg donation program will be discussed with you and your husband.

The decision to conceive a child through the use of donated egg can be very difficult for a couple. Therefore, we take our time to explain and ascertain that the implications: medical and social are clarified through adequate counselling and support. It is important to discuss issues related to non-biologic parenting, past fertility problems, parenting at an older age and positive and negative aspects of disclosure to potential offspring.

If you are 43 years of age or older, a physical exam must be performed to rule out any potential risks to pregnancy, including diabetes and heart disease.

Both you and your husband must have blood tests done to screen for diseases and conditions that can affect your pregnancy including Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B surface antigen, RPR (to test for syphilis), blood type RH.

The Procedure

On the day of the donor's egg retrieval, your husband will provide a semen sample that will be prepared in the Nordica Lagos Laboratory. The sperm will then be place in dish with the donated egg(s) and incubated. After a day or two, you will receive information regarding the success of the procedure. if fertilization has occurred, a pre-embryo replacement will be scheduled one or two days later and the fertilized eggs will be transferred into your uterus. Approximately two weeks later you will return to the clinic for a pregnancy test. Upon a positive pregnancy test result, we will adjust medications for the best chance of sustaining the early pregnancy.

For more information about the Egg Donors Program at Nordica Lagos, please e-mail us at



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