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In some fertility cases, a woman will not have adequate eggs or a man will not have adequate sperm. Under these circumstances, the Emory Reproductive Center offers both an egg and sperm donation program. Donation may also be used by single women, couples carrying genetic disorders, or women who are Rh sensitized.
- Egg (Oocyte) Donation — Egg donation is available to patients who can not produce a pregnancy using their own eggs. For egg donation, some patients arrange for a friend or family member to donate eggs, while others prefer to use eggs from anonymous sources. Characteristics of the donors are made available to the egg recipients to help them make an informed decision and to give them important information about the donor. Physical characteristics of the donor are matched with those of the recipients, so parents and babies will look more alike. Anonymous donors are screened for transmissible disorders including hereditary and infectious diseases. Once screened and accepted, egg donors are given hormonal medication similar to those administered during the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. Retrieval of the eggs and insemination with the male’s sperm also mimics that of IVF. Embryos that result are then implanted into the mother-to-be’s uterus.
- Embryo Donation — Embryo donation involves cryopreserved (frozen) embryos from a prior IVF cycle. Embryos are donated by a woman who previously went through IVF and wishes to donate her remaining embryos.
- Donor Sperm — Donor sperm is indicated for azoospermia (absence of sperm in the semen that is often due to genetic causes, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy), or vasectomy. Donor sperm may also be used by single women, couples carrying genetic disorders or a woman who is Rh sensitized and her partner is Rh positive. Sperm donors undergo intensive surveillance to reduce the chance of hereditary disorders and infectious diseases, including HIV. In most cases, anonymous donors provide semen to sperm banks. Sperm banks often provide information regarding physical traits to match donors with recipients.
Become an Egg Donor
We offer an egg donation program for women with ovarian failure or who no longer produce viable eggs, and we are currently seeking women to be egg donors.
Participants must be:
- Between the ages of 21 and 30
- An average weight for their height, in order to respond properly to medications
- A non-smoker
- Have regular periods when not on birth control pills (an IUD may be present during egg donation)
- Able to pass a drug screening
- No tattoo or piercing within the last 12 months
- Have not lived in Europe for more than 5 years
- Have not lived in the UK for more than 3 months before 1996
Participants that meet the criteria listed above will be asked to meet with a nurse to review the details of the egg donation process. Once this is complete, patients will receive a psychological consultation, a complete medical evaluation and a genetic consultation. Eligible candidates will receive $6000 upon retrieval of the eggs.
For more information, please call 404-778-3401.
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