Similar to in vitro fertilization (IVF), the egg (oocyte) donation process is a method of assisted reproduction that allows a woman with healthy, fertile eggs to donate her eggs to those whose eggs are not viable.
Egg donation involves harvesting eggs from the ovary of a donor, fertilizing them with the sperm of a patient’s partner or sperm donor, and subsequently, transferring the developing embryo(s) into the recipient’s uterus. A resulting pregnancy will be genetically related to the intended father and gestated by the intended mother.
IVFMD is proud to have a flourishing egg donation program, led by a dedicated team of reproductive endocrinologists and staff that provide individualized management and personalized care of all donors and recipients from the start to the finish of their treatment cycle.
We have designed a program dedicated to evaluating the medical and psychological profiles of all donors and adhere to the strict guidelines set forth by oversight organizations with a specialty in assisted reproductive technologies.
Once our Medical Director has received your questionnaire, we will contact you to explain the program in detail and review the screening you need to undergo, assessing your eligibility as a potential donor. These evaluations and tests, which are free of charge to you, will be scheduled according to your menstrual cycle and your daily schedule.
Once approved to donate your eggs, you will be asked to sign a consent form giving IVFMD permission to carry out the process of egg donation, which your spouse will also need to sign if you are married.
We will then establish a time for the start of the donation cycle. The process of donating eggs requires three weeks of frequent visits to our office for blood tests and ultrasound exams. You will also receive daily injections of medicine (using a very small needle) to make some of your eggs grow and mature, at which point we remove them from the ovaries through the vagina via a minor surgical procedure done in the comfort of our office.
Following the retrieval procedure, you will be able to go home within a few hours, but must limit your activities for the next few days. We will also schedule a follow-up appointment with your physician after the procedure to ensure your optimal health.
What types of testing and evaluations to potential egg donors undergo?
During the donor evaluation process, potential donors can expect to undergo the following testing and evaluations:
Consultations to establish family and genetic history
Comprehensive physical examinations
Basic genetic testing
Infectious disease testing
Can any woman donate her eggs?
We encourage any woman interested in possibly donating her eggs to women/couples who do not have viable eggs. However, donor selection is determined based on IVFMD’s thorough donor evaluation process, and not all women are guaranteed to be approved to donate.
What is the ideal age to donate eggs?
We are looking for healthy women aged 21-29.
Do you compensate egg donors?
Yes. By donating eggs, you not only make a tremendous difference in the life of aspiring parents, but you will also be generously compensated for your time and effort. Without you, countless people may never experience the joy of having a child. We truly appreciate your support and assistance.