Conditions & Treatments
The Emory Reproductive Center offers a highly successful egg donor program. Egg donation is offered to women who no longer produce viable oocytes (eggs) and to women with genetic disorders.
Donors are rigorously screened for personal and family health histories and subjected to a battery of physical and psychological exams to assure they are suitable. They also undergo required FDA screening and testing.
Following the screening process, the donor is stimulated with fertility medications and undergoes egg retrieval. The donated eggs are fertilized with the recipient partner's (or a donor's) sperm, and the developing embryos are placed in the recipient's uterus for gestation (or a gestational carrier/surrogate).
There are two types of Egg Donors:
- Known (Directed) Donor: Usually a friend or relative of the recipient who is donating for compassionate reasons. Cross-generational donors (nieces or daughters) are generally not recommended. Psychological counseling, legal counsel, and contract will be required.
- Anonymous Donor: These are egg donors selected from a pool of young volunteers who have been screened by the Emory Reproductive Center's medical staff. They may be chosen from an egg donor agency. Frozen eggs may be ordered from the World Egg Bank.
Potential donors with any identifiable medical or genetic problems will not be accepted. Screened donors are matched to the recipient woman's physical characteristics. A family medical history of the donor can be provided to the recipient at the time of the match.
Preparation and Procedure
Fresh Egg Preparation and Procedure
Once a suitable match has been made, the Emory Reproductive Center's medical team works with the recipient and the donor to target a date for the retrieval and transplantation of embryos. This timing is based on the recipient's menstrual cycle and/or the availability of the donor for stimulation and egg retrieval.
Eggs are retrieved from the donor with a special needle guided by ultrasonic location. The retrieved eggs are isolated and placed in a culture media in our embryology laboratory.
The sperm from the recipient's male partner (or donor sperm) is collected, washed, incubated, and placed with the retrieved donor eggs. The eggs are checked the following day for fertilization. The resulting embryos are then incubated for 2-5 days until they are ready for implantation. The recipient takes estrogen and progesterone to synchronize her menstrual cycle to align with the development of the embryos.
The embryo transfer takes place approximately 2 to 5 days after the donor's egg retrieval. A blood pregnancy test is conducted on the recipient approximately 12 days after the transfer.
Frozen Egg Preparation and Procedure
For patients using an egg bank, the eggs are purchased and sent to our lab. The recipient then takes medications to prepare her uterus to receive the embryo(s) after the eggs are thawed and fertilized with her partner's (or a donor's) sperm. A blood pregnancy test is conducted on the recipient approximately 12 days after the transfer.
Financing, multiple cycle packages, and money back guarantee programs for egg donationare available through ARC. Learn more.
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