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For seven years after her first miscarriage, Angela Roeber tried "everything under the sun" to conceive a second child. She consulted multiple doctors, tried two fertility clinics, homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments, and underwent four unsuccessful intrauterine inseminations.

"I was eventually told I had bad eggs and would never be able to conceive another child of my own," recalled Roeber, a communications director in Omaha, Nebraska. "I was told after seven years of trying everything, an egg donor or adoption were our only two options."

Roeber chose the former, becoming one of the thousands of parents in the United States to conceive with the help of an egg donor.

"We have been blessed with two healthy, beautiful boys," she said. "Our family of five is complete."

Egg donation facts and figures

Although the practice of egg donation began in the early 1980s, its popularity—and efficacy—has increased significantly over time.

Between 2005 and 2014, the number of in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles using donated eggs or