Infertility Treatments: Third Party Reproduction
Egg Donation & The Path To Pregnancy
The egg donor process involves fertility drugs to stimulate the development of multiple follicles/eggs, just like in an In Vitro Fertilization cycle. At the same time, the recipient is coordinated with the egg donor’s cycle with estrogen and progesterone to prepare the uterus to receive the embryos.
Sperm from the husband, partner, or sperm donor is used to fertilize the donor’s eggs, and the embryos are then frozen. This is called cryopreservation. The recipient is then given hormones to stimulate the endometrium and the created embryos are then placed into the recipient’s uterus at the appropriate time.
HOW WE FIND THE MOST QUALIFIED EGG DONORS
All egg donors are screened before they are accepted into the program. Anonymous egg donors are healthy women between the ages of 18-28 who go through the following testing procedures before being accepted:
- medical history and physical examination
- testing for infectious diseases at FDA approved laboratories
- screening for inheritable diseases through family health questionnaire and testing
- psychological assessment through the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory or SSRI and interview with a psychologist.
The approximate cost of donor egg IVF in our program with donor work-up, medications, and an anonymous egg donor cycle is $29,000-$34,000. If using cryopreserved oocytes the cost is approximately $21,000.