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My phenotype is not very common. How can clinics approach it when looking for a donor?

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Answer from: Sergio Gonzalez, MSc

Embryologist Fenomatch
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It is true that there are phenotypes that are more common than others. But it also depends on the country where you are in. First of all, do not worry. In the fertility field, we have different options. Usually, clinics have their own gamete bank. If they do not have a donor with your phenotype, do not worry, they can contact an external egg/sperm bank to provide you with the gametes of your phenotype. Donor selection should always be done based on phenotypic selection. You should get a donor that is the most similar to you. A tool, like Fenomatch, helps embryologists and doctors by providing scientific data to base their selection and find the right donor for you.

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How can I find a donor if my phenotype is not very common?

You, most certainly, wish that your baby conceived with the help of donor eggs and/or sperm or a donated embryo would look like you and your partner. If your phenotype is very common, this does not pose a problem because the vast majority of IVF clinics and egg/sperm banks offer the most common phenotypes like Caucasian, Asian, African or Scandinavian. What if your phenotype is not very common?

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