What Is The Perfect Age For An Egg Donor

While there may be some minor disagreement about the specific age that is best for an egg donor, there is general agreement about the age range that is best.  Most reproductive endocrinologists (REs) prefer their patients to choose an egg donor who is between the ages of 21 and 30.  There are a few doctors who feel the younger the egg donor, the better, and may be willing to work with donors who are under the age of 21.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine guidelines state donors should be at least 21 years of age and can be up to 34 years of age.  Very few REs will approve an egg donor who is 29 years of age or older if she has not already been an egg donor whose intended parents achieved a positive pregnancy or is a family member.

When a woman reaches the age of 35, her FSH levels begin to rise, and her fertility begins to drop.  The optimal time for women to produce the highest numbers of eggs is generally thought to be between the ages of 21- 27, though the exact age has never really been determined and it can vary from woman to woman and cycle to cycle.