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.
Having a child with the help of an egg donor offers the possibility of parenthood to men and women who cannot conceive on their own.
Male/male couples may use an egg donor along with a gestational carrier.
Donor eggs may be suitable for women who have a uterus but have poor quality or a low quantity of eggs (diminished ovarian reserve).
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. As a verified clinic by The World Egg Bank, we offer a wide variety of egg donors to choose from. Please click here to learn more.
Cost should not prevent you from pursuing this program as a means of achieving your dream of parenthood. We offer various programs at highly competitive rates, which include full egg donation cycles, as well as our embryo donation program. Part of our success is due to our team’s ability to select and match only the highest quality egg donors from the pool of young women available in South Florida.
How will I know if I need an egg donor?
As a woman ages and the amount of potential problems with eggs increases, diagnostic tests can be used to help estimate “ovarian aging” by measuring two blood hormones: Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). An older woman or one exhibiting premature ovarian aging may consider the use of donor eggs.
What evaluations do potential egg donation recipients undergo?
Both you and your partner (if applicable) need to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, the female needs a full evaluation of her uterine lining, while the male will require a semen analysis and semen culture. Finally, any female or male patient utilizing an egg donor will be required to meet with our psychologist.
How long does it take to be matched with an egg donor?
It depends upon your personal matching criteria. However, since the matching process is so strict and exacting, the average wait is typically 4 to 6 months.
Can any woman donate their eggs?
No. In order to donate your eggs, you must undergo IVFMD’s evaluation and screening process.
What is the ideal age to donate eggs?
We are looking for healthy women aged 21-30.
How does IVFMD evaluate potential egg donors?
IVFMD has designed a program dedicated to evaluating the medical and psychological profiles of all donors. We adhere to the strict guidelines set forth by oversight organizations with a specialty in assisted reproductive technologies.
The coordinator will contact you once our Medical Director has received your questionnaire to explain the program to you in detail, and review the screening you will need to undergo thereafter in order to determine your eligibility as a potential donor. This testing will be scheduled according to your menstrual cycle and your daily schedule.
The screening, which is free of charge to you, includes:
Consultations to establish family and genetic history
Comprehensive physical examinations
Basic genetic testing
Infectious disease testing
When all of your testing is completed and if the Medical Director has approved you, we will establish a time for the start of the actual donation cycle.
What is the process for donating eggs once I am an approved donor?
Once you have completed IVFMD’s required screening process and are approved by the Medical Director, you will be asked to sign a consent form giving IVFMD permission to carry out the process of egg donation. If you are married, your spouse will also need to sign the consent form.
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.
During this time, you will receive daily injections of medicine (using a very small needle) to make some of your eggs grow and mature. Once the eggs mature, we remove them from the ovaries through the vagina via a minor surgical procedure done under intravenous (IV) sedation in 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.
Do you compensate egg donors?
Yes. By donating eggs, you can make a tremendous difference in the life of the person receiving them, and if you complete our egg donation process, you will be compensated for your time and effort. Without you, countless people may never experience the joy of bearing a child. We truly appreciate your support and assistance.