Both the ASRM and the FDA have issued clear screening guidelines and regulations for egg and sperm donors; the guidelines are available on these organizations’ respective websites. A typical egg donor evaluation involves a comprehensive history of the donor’s health and of her family. A physical examination and comprehensive laboratory screening tests for communicable diseases are also performed. Many centers add genetic testing of the donors. A psychological assessment of all ova donors is routinely performed.

Although the anonymous donor’s anonymity is preserved, the results of his or her laboratory tests, psychological profile, physical characteristics, and historical information are shared with the recipient. This information allows recipients to carefully choose their donor and provides a certain level of comfort in knowing that proper screening was performed. Some clinics provide adult photos of their donors, but in our practice we have limited photos to those from childhood to preserve the donors’ anonymity.