Sometimes, when you’re an intended parent, you may not be able to create an embryo on your own. Whether you’re struggling with infertility, a member of a same-sex couple or a single intended parent, you’ll likely need to find a sperm donor or find an egg donor in Arizona to start your parenthood journey.

But, how do you find a sperm or egg donor in Arizona? One of the first things you’ll need to do is understand the legalities of assisted reproduction and creating a child in this way. Because assisted reproductive technology is advancing at a pace that the law cannot keep up with, there are several complexities involved in using an egg or sperm donor — and you’ll need an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process.

MyersStrickland is one of the leading experts in assisted reproduction law in Arizona, and we are committed to staying up to date on the newest laws regarding using egg and sperm donors. Because your questions about sperm donation, egg donation and surrogacy can only be answered based on your specific situation, it’s important that you schedule a consultation with us to learn more by calling 520-327-6041.

In the meantime, read on to learn more about finding an egg donor or finding a sperm donor in Arizona.

Why You Might Need an Egg or Sperm Donor

There are many different reasons why a person may choose to find an egg donor or sperm donor to create a biological child. Even heterosexual couples may require the use of a gamete donation to complete their embryo through assisted reproductive technology.

In general, people who use egg or sperm donations are:

  • Single men or women
  • Same-sex couples
  • Heterosexual couples struggling with infertility
  • Intended male or female parents who have genetic conditions that may be passed on to children through their own sperm or egg

Deciding to use a sperm or egg donation is a personal choice that only you can make. If you’re unsure of whether you’ll need to find a sperm donor or find an egg donor to complete your embryo, you should speak with your fertility clinic about your options.

If you haven’t yet contacted a fertility clinic, here are some professionals located in Arizona:

What You Need to Know About Finding a Sperm Donor in AZ

There are many factors you’ll need to consider when finding a sperm donor. The process you’ll take will be unique based on your own situation, and it’s important you work closely with your fertility clinic throughout.

How to Find a Sperm Donor in AZ

As mentioned before, you’ll need to contact a fertility clinic to determine whether you need a sperm donation to complete your embryo. If you do, your clinic will likely refer you to specific sperm donor banks that it works with or recommends.

These sperm banks will have frozen sperm donations that you can choose from, which will have all been deemed safe and contagion-free by the bank. You might even be able to purchase a sperm donation online, where you will be able to view certain information about the donor, including:

  • Height and weight
  • Nationality
  • Hobbies
  • Professional and educational background
  • Health history
  • Sperm quality
  • Wish for anonymity or openness in the future
  • And more

Once you find a sperm donor you like, you can purchase the sample and it will be sent to your fertility clinic to be prepped for IVF treatment.

What You Need to Know About Finding an Egg Donor in AZ

While people likely will use a sperm bank to find a sperm donor in Arizona, you have a few more options when it comes to finding an egg donor in Arizona. Egg donation and surrogacy commonly go hand-in-hand so, in addition to a fertility clinic, you will want to work closely with a surrogacy professional if you plan to complete surrogacy with a donor egg.

How to Find an Egg Donor in AZ

Like you would if you were finding a sperm donor, you’ll need to contact your fertility clinic to start the process of finding an egg donor in Arizona. What options you have may vary based on your individual situation but, in general, here are the paths that may be available to you:

  • In-house donor programs: Some fertility clinics provide their own egg donation services to intended parents in need of a donated egg. When you work with a clinic like this, an in-house donation program may be your only option.
  • Egg donor banks: Just like there are sperm banks, there are banks that house donated eggs. You may need to select a donor before the eggs can be harvested, but make sure you check with your chosen egg donation center to learn the specifics of their process (as the egg donation process today can be completed either through cycle synchronization or frozen egg donation). You may have the chance to choose the genetic makeup of an egg donor like you would in a sperm donor.
  • Identified egg donor: An egg donation doesn’t have to come from a stranger; in fact, it’s not uncommon for a family member or close friend to donate their eggs to someone they know is struggling with infertility or becoming a parent through assisted reproduction.
  • Online search: There are many ways you can find an egg donor online, either through a donation bank or independently. However, it’s important that you fully screen the donor you choose to make sure you’re completing the egg donation process in a reputable way.

We recommend you speak in depth with your fertility clinic about which option might be best for you and how your IVF process might proceed with each egg donation process. Your clinic or surrogacy specialist can help you understand your egg donation options in Arizona to the fullest extent, but it’s a good idea to conduct research on your own as well.

What to Know About Anonymity or Openness

The degree to which an egg or sperm donor is open to contact after the baby is born can be one of the most crucial parts of finding a sperm donor or egg donor. If you choose to use an anonymous donor, you’ll need to consider how you address the emotional and medical complications that may occur as your child grows up.

A child conceived from donated gametes will have questions about his or her biological father or mother, and finding a sperm donor or egg donor who is open to contact after birth will be useful in answering these questions. While you will receive certain information about the sperm or egg donor when you first purchase the sample, there will be issues that occur later in life (unexpected medical concerns, questions not answered by the clinic’s information) that you won’t be able to address with an anonymous donor.

Many fertility and surrogacy professionals recommend you register your child conceived through a sperm or egg donation in the Donor Sibling Registry. This will allow your child to find any biological siblings they have and will play a role in preserving their identity as a donor-conceived child.

The Legalities of Egg and Sperm Donation

In addition to finding an egg donor or finding a sperm donor, another critical step in the process is following the legalities involved in the process. Much like with the surrogacy process, modern law in Arizona has not kept up with the rapid advance of assisted reproductive technology — so you’ll need an experienced lawyer to help you understand the laws  your egg or sperm donation might be subject to. As a leading law firm in this area, MyersStrickland can help.

Sperm and Egg Donor Contracts

When you use a gamete donated by someone you know, it’s important that you complete a donor contract. Much like an agreement created during the surrogacy process, an egg or sperm donor contract will address each party’s intentions and expectations for the donation process, reducing the risk of disputes that could arise from miscommunication during the donation process and after the child is born.

The contract will also address any contact that will take place between the donor and the child later in life. Because an open relationship is so important to the identity development of a donor-conceived child, a sperm or egg donor contract allows both parties to agree on what kind of communication is appropriate — before the child is even born.

You will need a lawyer to help draft this contract to ensure every aspect of the egg or sperm donation process is addressed. Contact us today to get started.

Establishing Parentage

Another legal issue to be aware of is how you’ll protect your parental rights if your child is conceived through assisted reproduction. It’s important that you complete a parentage order or adoption as soon as possible before or after birth to make sure that the law recognizes you as the legal parents of your child.

Because your process may vary based on your individual situation, please call MyersStrickland today at 520-327-6041 to learn more about what options are available to you.

Please note: The information in this article is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice. Please contact MyersStrickland for personalized legal guidance.