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In some patients, egg donation is the only possibility to achieve pregnancy. Do you think there is currently a shortage of egg donors?

By Agustín Ballesteros M.D. (gynecologist).
Last Update: 02/15/2022

There has been much discussion in the media lately about the possible increase in gamete donations, both eggs and sperm, due to the economic crisis. However, the reality is that we still have waiting lists of patients to enter our egg donation program.

It should be noted that only 20% of the women who consult for egg donation actually end up donating.

Sperm donation is much simpler and there are sperm banks with more than enough samples to meet the demand. We must also bear in mind that the need for donor sperm has been reduced by 80% since the introduction of ICSI or sperm microinjection, which is a technique that allows an egg to be fertilized with a single sperm, so that even men with severe seminal alterations can be fertilized with their own sperm.

At present, the main indication of donor sperm is for the treatment of women without a male partner.

 Agustín  Ballesteros
Agustín Ballesteros
M.D.
Gynecologist
Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia in 1989. Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Master in Human Reproduction by the University of Valencia in 1994. Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia in 2001. Founder and director of IVI Murcia and IVI Barcelona. President of the SEF since 2014.
Member number: 39193
Gynecologist. Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia in 1989. Specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics. Master in Human Reproduction by the University of Valencia in 1994. Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia in 2001. Founder and director of IVI Murcia and IVI Barcelona. President of the SEF since 2014. Member number: 39193.