LGBTQ+ Family Building: Donor 101

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In honor of Pride Month, Progyny hosted a webinar about building your family with donor egg or sperm. Historically, the LGBTQ+ community has faced barriers to the care they need to build their family. Progyny is proud to support all paths to parenthood and celebrate all families.

As assisted reproductive technology has progressed and inclusive employer-sponsored fertility coverage has made it more accessible, the LGBTQ+ community has more family building options than ever before. Many LGBTQ+ singles and couples look to donor tissue to help create their families, but it can be a confusing process. Join us as we explore how and why donor egg or sperm may be a good option, what to consider during the process, and the difference between private donations versus egg and sperm banks.


  • Jaime Shamonki – Chief Medical Officer at Generate Life Sciences
  • Juan P. Alvarez – Reproductive Endocrinologist at Fertility Centers of Illinois
  • Georgia Witkin – Head of Member Services Development at Progyny, Assistant Professor of OB-GYN and Reproductive Sciences and Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai

Myths vs Facts

Known vs Anonymous Donors

Breakdown of Donor Egg and Sperm

Searching for Donor Egg or Sperm