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Egg Donation

If you are struggling with infertility, using an egg donor opens up a world of possibilities.

Dr. Sonja B. Kristiansen can safely facilitate the donation process to help you achieve your family goals.

Learn more about how egg donation at our clinic serving Houston, TX, can change your life...

An Effective Solution for All Types of Families

Egg donation is an effective infertility treatment for many of our patients, including women who have experienced premature menopause, single men, and same-sex male couples. During this process, an egg is harvested from a donor and then transferred to the intended mother's uterus. Whether you choose to use an agency or close friend as a donor, we are here to guide you through this remarkable journey.
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If your family is experiencing fertility issues, we can help arrange for an excellent candidate to donate eggs in order to help you realize your goals.

What Can Egg Donation Help With?

Unsuccessful IVF Attempts

Egg donation is currently the most successful fertility treatment in existence today. For women who have tried multiple IVF cycles with no success, using an egg donor can help you grow your family.

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)

Early menopause occurs when ovarian function ceases before the age of 40. Women with this condition can often successfully conceive using an egg donor.

Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR)

In contrast to POI, women with diminished ovarian reserve experience normal ovulation and menstrual cycles. However, the supply and quality of eggs within the ovaries are decreased.

Same-Sex Male Couples

Egg donation can be an excellent option for same-sex male couples. The donor eggs can be fertilized by one or both partners before being placed into the surrogate's uterus through IVF, creating a genetic link to the child.

Single Men

If a single man decides he is ready to begin a family, using an egg donor is a popular option. The patient's sperm will be fertilized with donor eggs and then placed inside a surrogate's uterus.

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent pregnancy loss can occur due to genetic issues, environmental factors, structural problems, and more. Women who have experienced this are often excellent candidates for egg donation.

Visit Our Private, State-of-the-Art Facility

Here at Houston Fertility Center, we strive to provide the highest level of care in a professional, calm, and private environment. We take the time to learn about you and your story in order to best support you. We understand that you probably have many questions about egg donation, and our friendly staff is more than happy to provide the answers you need. You can book a consultation online or call our clinic serving Houston and Sugar Land, TX, at:

(713) 225-5375

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"If I Could Give More Stars, I Would" Reviews from Patients Throughout Houston, TX


Jackee Lowery


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Dr. Kristiansen and her staff are amazing! If I could give more stars, I would. For my first appointment, I went by myself and Dr. Kristiansen was so warmly, and non judgmental on every question I’ve asked her. Every visit since then, my fiancé have gone with me and everytime, the staff would hold conversations with us and answer any and every question we’ve had. All of her staff is lovely and amazing, but there’s two women I have to give credit to. Mayra and the phlebotomist. I don’t remember her name and I’m so sorry lol but those two ladies are heaven sent and I’m glad Dr. Kristiansen hired them. Her treatment plans work fast and she’s very affordable. I’m glad I’ve found her. Thank you❤️

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Carla Anguiano


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I was very pleased with this office. Prior to coming here I visited other fertility locations in Houston and I never felt welcomed. It was as if I was just a number to them and that was it. I got the run around about why i could not get a quote. When I came to Dr. Kristiansen it was different. The entire staff was very friendly and gave me so much information the I felt like I had all my questions answered. Including pricing. I will definitely be using Dr. Kristiansen for my treatment once my husband and I are ready.

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Selecting an Egg Donor: Finding the Perfect Match for You

Choosing an egg donor is an incredibly personal and emotional decision. You may choose someone you know, such as a family member or close friend, or you may prefer an anonymous donor from an egg donor agency. Take some time to consider what characteristics are most important to you. Do you want the child to have physical attributes similar to yours? Are you looking for someone with proven intelligence? Patients can select an egg donor based on any factors that they desire.
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Sophisticated technology is used in every step of this process to ensure outstanding results.

How Are Egg Donors Evaluated?

Medical Evaluation

Egg donors are carefully screened to ensure they are qualified to donate. A thorough medical evaluation will assess the donor's overall health and detect any infectious or hereditary diseases to determine if she is a viable donor candidate.

Family History

The family histories of potential egg donors are also evaluated to provide a better understanding of possible health conditions or genetic risk factors that could be passed on. By being thorough during screening, it ensures the highest chance of a healthy baby.

Psychological Evaluation

When it comes to selecting the right egg donor, mental health is also an important factor that must be assessed in order to determine candidacy. Donors need to undergo a psychological evaluation to ensure they fully understand and can fulfill their role as the egg donor. 

Need Help Selecting an Egg Donor? We Can Guide You Through the Egg Donation Process

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Picking an egg donor can be a difficult decision. You may need help processing your emotions and weighing your options. Dr. Kristiansen and her team can answer any questions you may have, giving you the information you need to make confident choices about the infertility services available. Whether a loved one donates their eggs or you decide to go with an egg donation agency, we are here for you.

For more information about selecting an egg donor and what to expect during the IVF process, contact our fertility clinic online. You can also reach Houston Fertility Center by phone.

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Jessica W


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I had a wonderful experience with Dr. K and her team. They were responsive to my MANY questions and very compassionate throughout the entire process. We are expecting twins any day now and are so grateful to her, Mayra, Blanca, Lana, Melissa, and their stellar embryology team!

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Reyna Alcala


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Personally i had a good experience with my invocell process started meds for 2 weeks in September by october 8 had the transfer and couple days later the positive pregnancy test! My baby boy is now 1 month old and im in love ❤ Thank you so much Dr. K and staff you were all amazing!!

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What to Expect during the Egg Donation Process


The first step in the egg donation process is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kristiansen. During this visit, she will assess your overall health and determine if egg donation is an appropriate fertility treatment for you. Once you choose egg donation, there are a few steps to complete the process.

Cycle Preparation

During this phase, you and your partner (or surrogate) will undergo several tests. These tests will identify and address any potential problems that could interfere with the fertilization or implantation process.


Before the egg donation can occur, the intended mother (or the surrogate) must synchronize her cycle with the cycle of the donor. This is typically achieved through a combination of hormone therapy and birth control. The donor stimulates her ovaries to produce multiple eggs a month with daily injectable fertility medication. She is monitored with vaginal ultrasounds and blood tests.

Egg Retrieval

Egg retrieval will be scheduled once the donor's eggs have reached full maturity. During a procedure at our Houston clinic, they are carefully suctioned from the ovaries using an ultrasound needle. The donor is anesthetized during this time to ensure she is comfortable at all times. On the same day, a sperm sample will be provided for insemination.


Through IVF, the eggs and sperm are combined to achieve fertilization in our laboratory. The embryos are closely monitored in an incubator for growth and progress.

Embryo Transfer

Once the embryos are ready and approved by our doctors, they are ready to be transferred. Two to four embryos will be transferred to the female's uterus in a short procedure.

Pregnancy Testing

After the embryo transfer, you must wait approximately 11 to 16 days before a pregnancy test can be performed. If the test is positive, a second test will be conducted to confirm the results. If the test is negative, you will be able to try again during your next menstrual cycle.

Egg Donation and INVOcell

INVOcell is a device that allows incubation of the sperm and eggs to take place inside the vagina. Dr. Kristiansen doesn't typically recommend INVOcell for donor egg cycles because the device can only hold a maximum of eight eggs. Egg donors usually produce greater quantities of eggs. If you would like to discuss this option with Dr. Kristiansen, you can do so during your consultation.


Egg Donation FAQs

How Much Does IVF With Egg Donation Cost?

The use of an egg donor can increase the cost of fertility treatment by thousands of dollars, and sometimes more. Keep in mind that the cost of a traditional IVF cycle is around $10,000, while the cost of an INVOcell cycle can be as low as $6,300. Houston Fertility Center offers financing options to help make treatment more affordable.

Will My Baby Look Like Me If I Use Donor Eggs?

Since a donor's eggs are used during the IVF cycle, your baby will not resemble you the same way a biological child would. However, since you can select an egg donor based on her physical characteristics, you can pick a donor with similar hair color, eye color, height, and so forth. If you choose a family member to donate eggs, there is a greater chance of some resemblance between you and your baby.

Can I Meet Potential Donors Before Making a Decision?

This will depend on the egg donation program, individual agency policies, and how the egg donor feels about interacting with a recipient. Some agencies are strict about providing basic information by keeping their donors anonymous. If you are interested in meeting egg donors before you make a selection, be sure to check with the agency if such an arrangement is possible.

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I don't think there could be a more compassionate and caring clinic than Dr Kristiansen's! Because of her and her fabulous team, I have 3 beautiful children. Her nurse, Mayra Lopez, has been with me through every step of this journey and has simply been an amazing and constant source of support.

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Jessica Ortiz


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I wanted to share my experience with Dr. Kristiansen and staff. This team makes you feel first and important. This whole experience has its whirlwind of emotions and you can count on this team to keep you in the positive. I am one who has ALOT of questions and "what ifs" and wanted to thank Melissa so much for lending me her ear and being there when i was at my wits end. The whole team is extremely patient and caring. They make you feel like you are apart of the Dr. Kristiansen family. I would definitely recommend anyone and everyone to this clinic.

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Dr. Sonja Kristiansen

Houston Fertility Center

Dr. Sonja Kristiansen is the founder and Medical Director of Houston Fertility Center. She is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist Infertility (REI) specialist who is proud to help hopeful parents fulfill their dreams of having children. Our center is affiliated with the:

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Texas Medical Association

We provide convenient care for patients from greater Houston and visitors from out of town. For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (713) 225-5375 today.

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