How do you know when you’re ready for a donor cycle?

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At CNY Fertility Center, we are able to offer our patients many ways to help them conceive.  One of the most unique is the Donor Program (eggs, sperm, and embryos).  Within the Donor Program our patients have an incredible opportunity to work towards their goal of parenthood, while utilizing donated gametes or embryos.  As wonderful as these cycles are, many of our patients feel perplexed about deciding when the time is right to begin.  Taking that step into the world of the Donor Program can appear challenging and intimidating, but there are a few ways to determine if you are ready.
Many of our patients claim to ‘just know’ when the time is right.  They feel as though they have done all they could have, using their or their partner’s gametes.  At that point the decision feels simple and natural.  If you feel an instinctual pull either way, trust that feeling.  Your mind and body have a wonderful way of letting you know what should come next.
Some patients may not have that clear sense either way.  To help yourself come to that intuitive feeling, place yourself in that moment.  Assess the emotions that arise when you consider what it will feel like to take those initial steps.  Do you feel hope, anxiety, or excitement?  Do you feel like it is too soon?  Then, imagine continuing along the same path you are on.  Do you feel comfortable?  Are you anxious that you should be doing more?  Try to gauge what your reaction would be in each situation, and compare the two.  This may help further the conversation, and offer a bit more direction.
As you are considering a donor cycle, be sure to have an open and honest conversation with your partner, if you are in a relationship.  Also know that we would be happy to discuss any of your concerns with you, and help you work towards the next step.
For more information regarding Donor Egg or Donor Embryo cycles, please contact our Donor Coordinators:
You may contact the Donor Team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh:
Stephanie Rogers:
Kari Gardner:

We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.
Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you.  Please visit our website for more information: