Innovations in assisted reproductive technologies: impact on contemporary donor egg practice and future advances

Mindy Sue Christianson, José Bellver

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Innovations in assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have driven progress in the donor egg field since the birth of the first baby derived from a donor egg in 1983. Over time, donor oocytes have become an increasingly used option for patients unable to conceive with autologous oocytes. In donor egg, the unique separation of the oocyte source and recipient uterus has created a model that has propelled advances in ART. Progressive ART innovations that have optimized the oocyte donor and resulting embryo include the following: evaluation of ovarian reserve, controlled ovarian hyperstimulation regimens that reduce the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, blastocyst culture, oocyte cryopreservation, and preimplantation genetic testing. For donor egg recipients, methods to optimize the endometrium to maximize implantation include endometrial receptivity testing, immunologic donor-recipient matching, and increased understanding of the uterine microbiome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-1002
Number of pages9
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2018



  • assisted reproductive technology
  • donor egg
  • Oocyte donation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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