Egg Donor Screening


Our experienced donor egg team includes a Medical Director, geneticists, genetic counselors, and donor egg coordinators. Each egg donor’s individual and family health histories, medical tests, and other background information are rigorously studied to ensure she meets our highly selective standards. In addition to a physical exam, applicants undergo a psychological evaluation with a mental health professional and take an MMPI/PAI or equivalent to assess their mental health and emotional readiness to become an egg donor. We make sure each applicant has a thorough understanding of what is involved in donating her eggs in terms of time, physical implications, logistics, and the medical risks involved in the procedure.

Donors are extensively tested and screened, currently including the following (as recommended and/or required by the ACOG, ACMG, ASRM and FDA):


Fertility Evaluation including hormone testing and ultrasound evaluation of the ovaries

Urine Drug Screen

General Medical Testing

Physical Examination

MMPI/PAI or equivalent and Psychological Evaluation with Counseling

Infectious Disease Testing:

  • HIV 1, 2 & 0
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea & Chlamydia
  • WNV
  • ZIKA Screening

Genetic Testing:

  • Full Chromosome Analysis (Karyotype)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Fragile X
  • Tay Sachs Disease
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Alpha thalassemia
  • Beta Thalassemia
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • ABCC8-Related Hyperinsulinism
  • Bloom Syndrome
  • Canavan Disease
  • Familial Dysautonomia
  • Fanconi Anemia Type C
  • Gaucher Disease
  • Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a
  • Hb Beta Chain-Related Hemoglobinopathy
  • Hexosaminidase A Deficiency
  • Joubert Syndrome 2
  • Lipoamide Dehydrogenase Deficiency
  • Maple Syrup Urine Disease Type 1B & type 3
  • Mucolipidosis IV
  • NEB-Related Nemaline Myopathy
  • Niemann-Pick Disease
  • Usher Syndrome Type 1F & Type 3
  • Tay Sachs Enzyme Sequencing
  • Walker-Warburg Syndrome

With the advancements in technology and updates in ACOG recommendations, the genetic panel has expanded over time. The above is the most up-to-date panel we test donors for. If you’re interested in a specific donor, please check with your Fairfax EggBank coordinator to confirm which genetic testing the donor had completed.

*NOTE: Effective September 2018, Fairfax EggBank’s database will feature GenPanel+ donors – a select group of donors who have completed an expanded genetic panel. Learn more here.


Male Carrier Testing

Is your partner a known carrier for a genetic disorder? At your request, we can perform additional testing on the donor of interest to decrease the likelihood of your donor-conceived child being affected. Just let your Fairfax EggBank coordinator know you’re interested in this service.

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