A Word on Egg Quality

Egg quality is simply the designation of an egg as genetically normal or abnormal, and we understand this may a new concept for you. As an egg donor, there is not much you can do to maintain the quality of your eggs, but it’s always important to take care of your body.

What Affects Egg Quality?

During your screening process with Growing Generations, we will talk with you about factors that contribute to having favorable egg health. Egg health has little to do with your physical health and is unlikely to be affected by things like common colds, the flu, or what you eat. More specifically, egg health is the term used to describe several factors that go into a woman having a high chance of fertility on her own.

Women said to have good health will produce viable eggs that are easily fertilized and highly likely to lead to a healthy pregnancy without medical intervention. In the case of egg donors, having good egg health can also highlight women who are likely to have favorable follicle production while on fertility medications.

In general, a woman tends to have favorable egg health as long as she:

  • Is under 35 years of age
  • Maintains a tobacco-free lifestyle
  • Carries a normal BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Has regular menstrual cycles
  • Has proper blood circulation

While all of these are taken into consideration when determining egg quality, the number one cause of poor egg quality is aging. Over time, an egg that was once normal could become abnormal due to age.

Egg Screening Process

During your screening process, you will be asked about a variety of factors that can indicate good egg health. These factors include the amount of stress in your life as well as environmental and lifestyle choices that may be linked to fertility. In addition to answering questions about your health and lifestyle background, you will complete an Ovarian Assessment Report which consists of a blood test on the third day of your menstrual cycle. This test is our best tool to predict how your body is likely to respond to fertility medications.

Together, these questions and assessments are meant to help get the most accurate picture of your egg health. If you have additional questions about egg health or fertility, do not hesitate to talk with your case specialist or nurse as you move through the screening or donation process.

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for intended parents, surrogates and donors. She is the co-owner of Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the book, Your Future Family: The Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Conari Press 2019) as well as the children's book You Began as a Wish (Independent Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. She has two adult daughters.