Egg Donor Program

Building Families with the Egg Donor Program

97752197-s.jpgAt the offices of Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D., we provide an egg donor program for patients unable to conceive children on their own. Our program carefully screens our donors and protects the privacy of both parties throughout the entire process. Our team is exceptionally compassionate and trained to handle the often delicate emotional matters associated with this amazing process. To learn more about our egg donor program, contact our Chicago area office to schedule a consultation.

RECEIVING A DONOR'S EGGS

Several conditions, such as premature ovarian failure or low ovarian reserves, can prevent some women from conceiving children with their own eggs. Others with inherited genetic disorders choose not to have children with their own eggs even if they are healthy and capable of doing so. For these women, using donated eggs is a great option to consider. Egg donation is also used in many cases by our same-sex male couples who want to grow their families.

In addition to providing expert advice and treatment, Dr. Jacobs and our team are careful to ensure our egg donors and recipient families are comfortable with their decisions. While giving the gift of life to another family is a wonderful experience for many women, it is not for everyone. We encourage our patients to be honest with themselves about their emotional needs and carefully consider this decision. Our team can help answer any questions our donors or recipient families have, and provide a valuable perspective on the ways it can change their lives. Our full-time clinical psychologists are available to help with decision making. 

EVALUATING DONOR HEALTH

Just as a mother's actions while pregnant impact her child in utero, an egg donor’s health and lifestyle also impact the health of her eggs. In our donor program, all potential donors undergo extensive testing and screening. The most successful donors are young and live healthy, active lives.

Donors undergo several tests, including:

  • A physical examination and pap smear
  • Psychological screening and counseling
  • Genetic testing
  • Infectious disease testing
  • Substance abuse screening

These tests allow us to select the best quality eggs and increase the chances that our recipients will have successful pregnancies and healthy children.

MATCHING DONORS AND RECIPIENTS

Dr. Jacobs will connect you with his Third-Party Donor Egg Coordinator to help you explore this process. We have carefully created an egg donor program to serve all parties and efficiently match intended parents with egg donors in order to achieve a successful pregnancy. We use Third-Party Donor Egg nurse coordinators to help couples find donors with similarities to the intended parents’ ethnicity, and physical characteristics. The names and personal information of our donors always remain anonymous, unless a recipient and donor know each other and have decided to undergo the process together.  Photographs of our diverse egg donors are available on our Fertility Centers of Illinois online database. Contact Dr. Jacobs for an appointment for more information.

SYNCHRONIZING CYCLES

Once matched, we work with both the egg donor and recipient mother or surrogate carrier to sync their menstrual cycles. To encourage the development of multiple eggs and improve the chance of success, our donors begin taking ovarian stimulation medications beforehand. This treatment begins the process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), in which the donor eggs are retrieved, fertilized with partner's sperm, and placed within the recipient's uterus.

When several eggs have been harvested and successfully fertilized, one or more embryos are transferred to the recipient’s uterus. Unused eggs or embryos may be preserved using cryopreservation (vitrification) for later use.

To encourage proper uterine lining development, the recipient will receive estrogen and progesterone hormone treatment.  After Dr. Jacobs confirms pregnancy, hormone therapy will continue for four to six weeks. If pregnancy does not occur, the hormone treatments will end and patients will discuss their options with Dr. Jacobs. Cryopreserved eggs or embryos can be used in the future for new IVF cycles should a recipient choose to undergo them.  Another successful option for donor egg is to use eggs previously donated and frozen (vitrified) through Donor Egg Bank USA.  For more information on frozen egg bank program options go to www.donoreggbankusa.com.

The criteria for selecting these previously frozen eggs is similar to the selection process for fresh donor egg cycles.

CONTACT US

To find out whether you are a candidate for donating or receiving eggs, contact Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs. Our team is happy to answer any questions and schedule your appointment.