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 and Sugar Land, 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.

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Jackee Lowery

2019

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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

2018

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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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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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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. 

What to Expect during the Egg Donation Process

Consultation

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.

Synchronization

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.

Fertilization

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.

"The Whole Team Is Extremely Patient and Caring"

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Emma Karko

2017

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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

2017

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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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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.

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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