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Egg Donor

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Welcome to the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Robotic Surgery. Here you will find information regarding how to become an egg donor and who should consider using an egg donor (recipient).

Egg Donor
Egg donors are women, usually between the ages of 18 and 29 who are willing to provide their eggs to a recipient. There are two types of egg donors; anonymous (unknown) or directed (known) donors. The donor should be of excellent health and willing to come for an initial consultation to the Center, do blood work for hormone assays, infectious disease screening, take medications that will help to develop multiple eggs in the treatment cycle and undergo egg retrieval.  Once the eggs are retrieved, they are evaluated at our CAP certified lab by our embryologist. Then sperm from the intended male partner or from our sperm bank is placed around or injected into each egg by a process called in-vitro fertilization. The resulting embryos are cultured in the lab and transferred to the intended female on day 3 or day 5 after egg retrieval and the remaining embryos frozen for future cycles.
All donors, as part of their evaluation for suitability to become a donor, are tested for infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis as per the FDA guidelines free of charge. They also undergo psychometric testing as part of mental health screening.
If you wish to become an egg donor, please click the link here to start the evaluation process.  After registration, you will be asked to complete the initial screening questionnaire which will take only one minute to complete. If you pass this, you will be asked to complete the detailed questionnaire.  The information will be reviewed by the Staff at the Center and you will be contacted for follow up.

Directed (known) Donor.
If you have already been recruited by an intended recipient, you need to make an appointment with your intended recipient at the Center to discuss the treatment plan. It is the Center’s policy that all directed donors should have a legally binding contract with the intended recipient executed through a lawyer prior to starting treatment.
If you are a directed egg donor, please ask the intended recipient couple to make an appointment for consultation by calling 314 473 1285.

Recipient
Egg donation is used for a woman who wishes to have a child but cannot get pregnant with her own eggs. This may be because she was born without ovaries, is in menopause, did not respond adequately to hormonal stimulation of her ovaries in the past, or has had poor egg or embryo quality with previous IVF attempts. Women may also choose to use a donor if they have a genetic disease that they do not want to pass on their children.
Evaluation of the recipient is similar to that of couples undergoing routine IVF. This will include a comprehensive medical history from both partners, including blood type and Rh factor, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, hepatitis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. The recipient will have a pelvic exam and an assessment of her uterus (womb). If she is over 45 years old, a more thorough evaluation will be done at the Center, including an assessment of heart function and risk of pregnancy-related diseases. She may also be advised to see a doctor who specializes in high-risk pregnancy. The male partner’s sperm will be analyzed at the Center and appropriate genetic screening will be obtained based on his history and ethnic background.

If you wish to consider using an egg donor, please click the link to register following which you could search the database to select a donor of your choice.

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