Donor Egg Program FAQS
Why do couples decide to use an egg donor?
Couples choose egg donation for reasons based on their individual circumstances. Some women’s ovaries are incapable of producing a fertile egg. Egg donation and adoption are options for these couples. The benefits to choosing an egg donor include control over the prenatal care of the baby and the intended mother being able to experience the joys of pregnancy, childbirth and nursing a baby. In addition, the couple would be able to use the sperm of the husband. This can be especially important when the woman has had children but the man has not.
RCC’s Utah donor egg program selects egg donors are intelligent, talented, attractive, motivated, humanitarian workers, and some of the nicest people in the world. For altruistic reasons, donors offer their eggs anonymously to bless the life of a recipient couple.
How many eggs will be available to the recipient couple after egg retrieval?
Typically, during egg retrieval 8-20 eggs are retrieved. After retrieval, eggs and sperm are combined in the laboratory through IVF or ICSI. Three to five days after retrieval, the recipient woman will transfer 1-2 embryo(s) into her uterus. The recipient couple will have the option of freezing additional embryos in order to have a frozen embryo transfer at a late date.
What kind of selection process does RCC use to screen egg donors?
RCC places very high medical and personal standards on donors that are accepted into our program. Before egg donors are placed on the list they must go through a comprehensive screening process. More than half of the donors that apply to RCC are not accepted. The prevailing concern when reviewing donor applications is to ensure that any future children will have the best chance at a healthy life free of major genetic or medical diseases. Only applicants who have: good physical and emotional health, appropriate weight for height, excellent personal character and are free of any major genetic diseases in themselves and their family are added to the egg donor list.
How does a recipient couple decide which egg donor to use?
RCC offers recipients the option to choose from many extraordinary donors. Conveniently, recipient couples are able view donor profiles online. Each donor provides extensive information including: medical and genetic history, personal interest information, and childhood photos. Adult photos of donors may only be viewed at the clinic with a staff member.
What does a recipient couple do once they find a donor?
When recipients find a profile that meets their personal preferences they contact the Donor Egg Coordinator to begin coordinating their cycle. The recipient couple will need to pay a deposit to hold that donor (this fee will be applied towards the overall global fee). The donor egg coordinator will assist the recipient couple with every step of the process in order to ensure that their cycle goes as smoothly as possible.
Why are recipients encouraged to pick their favorite two or three donors?
Each egg donor’s schedule and flexibility varies. When a recipient desires a cycle during a particular month, their number one choice may not be available. In the event that the recipient’s number one choice is not available the recipient couple can opt to wait until the donor is available or move forward with their second choice.
What if a couple is interested in using an egg donor but not sure this is the right option.
RCC offers a monthly support group for recipient couples. This group is led by the Donor Egg Coordinator. The first part of group will be a mini lecture from the Donor Egg Coordinator explaining more about an egg donation recipient cycle, the second part will be an open forum for couples to discuss their thoughts, concerns and opinions about being an egg donor recipient. The support group is a great opportunity for potential recipient couples to hear the thoughts and opinions of other patients and help couples determine if egg donation is right for them. Children are not allowed to attend. Recipient couples do not have to be a patient of RCC to attend the support group. There is no charge for group but couples interested in attending need to contact the Donor Egg Coordinator to register.
Will couples have an opportunity to discuss their feelings about egg donation?
Recipient couples (both wife and husband must be present) are required to have a psychological screening with a RCC referred licensed mental health professional. This is a great opportunity for the couple to explore their feelings regarding egg donation more in-depth, discuss disclosure options and other important aspects related to being a recipient of an egg donation.
What costs are involved?
Although the use of an egg donor can be a more expensive treatment cycle than other fertility treatment options, it is often the most effective option for couples and may have the highest chance of success per dollar spent. The cost for a fresh donor egg IVF treatment cycle varies depending on whether a known or an anonymous egg donor is used. Some clinics offer higher compensation for donor fees, in turn recruiting donors that are primarily interested in the monetary compensation for their time and effort. At RCC, donor reimbursement fees are kept at a reasonable limit to recruit donors who sincerely desire to help others, while at the same time offering more patients the ability to afford a donor egg cycle.
Egg Donor Agencies
- Fairfax EggBank- a subsidiary of the Genetics and IVF Institute along with Fairfax Cryobank, one of the nation’s largest sperm banks. Fairfax Cryobank was born out of a successful model for gamete (egg, sperm) cryopreservation (freezing) and shipping. Fairfax EggBank provides many options for choosing the right highly screened egg donor. Reproductive Care Center also provides frozen eggs to Fairfax Cryobank.
- The Donor Solution- Egg donor agency. Managed by a nurse that once worked with Dr. Blauer.