Egg Donors & STDs

The FDA has created a list of communicable diseases that they require all IVF centers to test for in order to deem a candidate qualified to donate human reproductive tissue, in this case, your eggs. Diseases on this list include Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B& C, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. The FDA gives IVF clinics the ability to screen for additional diseases at will, so from time to time, additional tests may be ordered.

If your STD screening comes back positive for these diseases it can mean a potential end to your journey to egg donation. In other cases, this diagnosis will only cause a pause in your donation.

Many sexually transmitted diseases are able to be treated and cured with medications from a doctor. STDs in this category include bacterial infections like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and some early stages of Syphilis. In these cases, once the transmission has been treated and cleared, there is no viable reason to deny a donation from this donor.

If you find yourself in this situation, we will ask that you have the STD or STI treated and reapply when you have been clear of positive screening for a minimum of one year.

Any additional questions about STDs and egg donation can be discussed on an individual basis with your admissions specialist during the screening process.

Dr. Kim Bergman

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 Fertility Counseling Services and 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 upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.