Egg Donation: A Brief History

For the past few decades, egg donation has been an increasingly common method of alternative family planning for couples who struggle to conceive naturally, as well as gay couples looking to have children. But where did this technique come from? How long has it been around? What’s the story?

Egg donation first came on the scene in the early 1980’s, when Australia reported the first (known) successful pregnancy using donated gametes (eggs). The United States followed suit shortly after, and a whole new world of possibilities beyond adoption opened up for families looking to expand despite traditional methods having failed.

There are two groups most immediately impacted by these advancements in egg donation and fertility technology: women unable to conceive, whether due to genetic concerns or fertility issues, and members of the LGBTQ+ community who were previously often unable to become biological parents. Alongside sperm donation and surrogacy, these alternative family planning options continue to open doors to parenthood for groups for whom parenthood was not likely at best, or in some cases out of reach entirely.

In the nearly 40 years since that first successful egg donation, medical and scientific advancements have come a long way, resulting in tens of thousands of successful live births from donor gametes. Favorable guidelines and success rates have made the United States a popular destination for Egg Donors whose home countries do not allow for them to be compensated for their donation, and the world of “Assisted Reproductive Technology” is regulated by both the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the FDA to ensure that it is as safe as possible. While success rates can vary depending on any number of factors, today’s donations have a success rate of nearly 60%. There is no question that the industry has come a long way towards providing the absolute best chance and care for its clients, and Simple Surrogacy is proud to be among the top fertility agencies in the nation.

If you are interested in learning more about this type of donation or becoming an Egg Donor, please contact the knowledgeable team at Simple Surrogacy today to learn more. We are ready and waiting to help you on your journey towards the family you’ve always dreamed of.

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