Thank you for inquiring into International Patient Facilitators Egg Donor Program. The gift you are about to give is immeasurable. International Patient Facilitators is proud to assist you in helping infertile couples start a family of their own.
The women in need of donated eggs have one of several sources of infertility, including:
- Premature ovarian failure which causes little or no ovarian function
- Congenitally absent or surgically absent ovaries
- Women may have eggs, but the eggs have shown poor performance
- Genetic disorders
- Women may be survivors of Hodgkin’s Disease or other cancers wherein chemotherapy or radiation therapy has destroyed their eggs
In any of the above cases, the couples have experienced many years of infertility and frustration. Be assured that the recipient couple has been thoroughly screened for general health, psychological stability, HIV infection, syphilis, and hepatitis B.
There are many advantages to signing up with International Patient Facilitators, including:
- We will help you during the entire process. We’re available 24 hours a day.
- Our IVF facilitators have years of experience and can explain all the procedures to you in detail from a medical standpoint.
- International Patient Facilitators works directly with infertile couples and Reproductive Specialists to connect you quickly.
- Our IVF facilitators can assist you emotionally because they have experienced infertility and undergone many of the infertility treatments themselves.
Steps to Become an Egg Donor
Your first question may be “What do I have to do to donate my eggs?” Well here are the steps:
- You must fulfill the following basic criteria:
- Between the ages of 18 and 28
- Within normal weight ranges
- If an IUD is in place, must be non-hormonal
If you pass the Preliminary Egg Donor Application, you’ll be invited to submit a more complete application.
Each facility’s nurse or patient coordinator will instruct you on administrating injections and the timing of lab work and ultrasounds. While you are undergoing the IVF regimen for donor oocyte (eggs), the recipient will be placed on a hormonal replacement therapy.
*As an anonymous donor, your identity will be kept confidential. Know, too, that the recipients will remain anonymous to you as well.
As a potential donor of oocyte, we know you may have several questions. Please feel free to contact us
EGG DONOR FAQ.
Will I run out of eggs if I give them to someone else?
No. It is a little known fact that a women goes through a thousand eggs each month to select the single one that is ovulated. The eggs that don’t complete the development process normally dissolve and are absorbed by the body. Fertility drugs simply preserve a portion of these excess eggs, which the body would ordinarily discard. No extra eggs are used up in the process.
Can I accidentally get pregnant as a result of the egg donation?
Accidental pregnancies are unlikely. We have not had an accidental pregnancy in our experience. The reason for this is simple. Lupron given by itself prevents the development of eggs and is an excellent contraceptive.
Although fertility drugs stimulate the production of your eggs, there is a period around the time of the egg harvest that you could become pregnant. We will know exactly when this “critical interval” is and advise you to avoid intercourse during this time.
What are the legal responsibilities of egg donors and patients?
The law is extremely clear on this matter. Children born as a result of the egg donation process legally belong to the couple receiving the donated embryos. Egg donors have absolutely no responsibility for the future welfare or support of these children.
It is intended to provide reimbursement for the time and effort you invest in the process as well as for any inconvenience you may experience. The requirements for your compensation include:
- Arriving on time for all appointments
- Returning all phone calls from our fertility clinics promptly
- Taking fertility medications correctly and at the right time intervals
- Undergoing the egg harvest
What Does Egg Donation Involve?
The first step is to evaluate your health and prepare you for the medical procedures. You will have an interview with either Sheri Burke or Rebekka Adkins the Program Directors. This interview is designed to answer your questions concerning the egg donation process and to make sure that this is an appropriate program for you. They will be able to provide in depth information from a medical standpoint. Later, you will see the doctor for a medical history, physical exam, pap smear etc. to make sure that you have no undiscovered health problems. Laboratory tests will be performed to evaluate your fertility and check for common illnesses. You will also have an interview with a psychologist.
Administration of “Fertility Medication”
Fertility medications are used to help a woman’s ovaries produce from 10 to 30 eggs. Some of the fertility medication is a purified form of the natural hormones your body uses to regulate the production of eggs each month. Since experience tells us that women who are taking fertility medication may have a tendency to ovulate their eggs away before the doctor can harvest them for the in-vitro process, a drug called Lupron is used to prevent premature ovulation.
Fertility drugs are inactivated by the digestive system and must be given by injection. Most egg donors take their shots at home and find that they are not particularly uncomfortable. In most cases these drugs are given over the course of two to three weeks. You will have three to five visits, that must be scheduled in the mornings, for blood tests and ultrasound pictures of your ovaries. This is to follow the effects of the fertility medications on the egg production.
The “Egg Harvest” Procedure
A minor outpatient surgical procedure is performed to remove eggs from the ovaries for the in-vitro fertilization process. To perform an “egg harvest” the doctor uses the picture made by an ultrasound machine to guide a very special needle through your vagina and into the ovaries. Eggs are removed one at a time during the course of five to ten minutes.
The comfort and safety of our egg donors are our prime concern. To make sure you feel no pain, you will be given a form of anesthesia to keep you very comfortable. Once the anesthesia has worn off, you will be ready to go home within an hour.
The egg harvest procedure is usually performed in the early morning. In many cases donors are completely back to normal by the afternoon. Most women tell us that, they are a little sore for one or two days after the procedure, but otherwise feel well.
Once the eggs are harvested, they are taken into the in vitro fertilization laboratory. There they are cleaned, inspected, and fertilized with sperm from the recipient’s husband. Several days later the fertilized eggs are placed into the uterus of the mother to be to begin a pregnancy.
The psychologist’s main goal is to make sure that the donor is a reliable individual who may be counted upon to fulfill all