Egg donation can help others grow their families. Patients choose to use donor eggs for a variety of reasons. They may have unhealthy eggs, or eggs predisposed to genetic deformity. Same-sex male partners and other LGBT couples often use donor eggs to have children. Our egg donors are healthy young women who we closely screen to ensure their physical and mental health. While this process can be emotional for both donor and recipient, it has the potential to bring great joy to both parties. The FCI Third Party Donor Egg Coordinator will help you begin the process.
Prior to acceptance into our egg donor program, candidates undergo extensive physical and mental examinations. Women are tested for psychiatric disorders, serious chronic illness, or drug- and alcohol-related problems. Women also receive a physical exam and pap smear, as well as infectious disease testing, and comprehensive genetic screening. Our donors are matched with recipients based upon similarities in ethnicity, physical characteristics, and more. Once a donor female and the recipient mother or surrogate mother have been matched, their menstrual cycles are synced with medications. Donor eggs are collected, fertilized, and placed within the recipient's uterus using IVF. Another option involves using frozen donor eggs through Donor Egg Bank USA. For more information go to www.donoreggbankusa.com.
Egg donor success rates are based upon the percentage of women who successfully conceive using a donor egg. Successful conception can be affected by the age of the donated egg, the health of both women, and the quality of the semen used to fertilize the donor egg. By closely screening our donors, we can greatly improve egg donor success rates. Egg donors and recipients alike can increase the chances for a successful pregnancy that leads to a live birth by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, and avoiding alcohol.
Women with healthy eggs can still have medical complications preventing them from carrying a child to term. For these patients, a traditional surrogate or gestational carrier is a possible solution. Dr. Jacobs uses In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to remove and fertilize the woman’s eggs with her partner’s sperm or donor sperm. Then, one or more healthy embryos are transferred to the uterus of the surrogate. Babies born to surrogate mothers will still share the genetic traits of their intended parents, as the gestational carrier is not genetically tied to the fetus.
Artificial insemination using frozen donor sperm is an infertility treatment option for couples with male factor infertility, or those who wish to avoid passing a genetic condition from father to child. It also offers single women and lesbian couples the opportunity to become pregnant with donor sperm. For patient safety, all of the frozen donated sperm we receive is processed and closely evaluated before use. Our patients receiving donor sperm will have the opportunity to select a donor who has similar physical characteristics.