Donor egg is a fertility treatment where a young, healthy woman’s eggs are harvested and used to produce embryos that are subsequently transferred into a recipient woman’s uterus to establish a pregnancy. The recipient carries the pregnancy and gives birth to the baby. Florida Fertility Institute offers frozen donor eggs from our affiliation with the following partners.
Egg Donor Profiles
Prospective parents may view the profiles of frozen egg donors with our affiliate partners listed above to meet their needs.
Indicators For Donor Eggs
- Age-related Infertility: Most patients utilize donor eggs because of age-related infertility. Patients who fail IVF are the biggest majority of those seeking egg donation.
- Loss of Ovarian Function: Women who lose ovarian function due to surgical procedures like removal of ovarian cysts or endometriosis.
- Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Patients who have repetitive miscarriages. Frequently, these miscarriages are due to chromosomal errors in the eggs.
- Cancer Treatments: Patients who have lost their ovarian function due to cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.
- Genetic disorders: Patients with a genetic illness which would put offspring at severe risk of disease. These may be certain recessive disorders or X-linked disorders that only occur when the females’ eggs are used. Donor eggs circumvent this problem.
Choosing an Egg Donor
There is no one right way to choose an egg donor. Choosing an egg donor is an individual journey and each person or couple will make choices based on their family building goals. You are likely to have physical, mental and emotional preferences in choosing an egg donor.
There is no perfect donor. You are unique and have qualities and characteristics that only you possess. You can expect to match most of the items that are important to you, however, it is unlikely that a donor may meet every criteria you desire.
Consider choosing an egg donor that looks like you or complements some of your characteristics. Many people will share with you their unsolicited thoughts as to who they think your baby looks like.
The level of formal education will vary widely among egg donors. Some donors have had greater access to a formal education while others may have found the endeavor financially challenging or perhaps pursued other goals. While a higher level of education may afford some recipients peace of mind, it doesn’t necessarily point to the level of intelligence of the donor.
Once you narrow your choices based on the traits you desire, take time to read the donor’s personal statements. Her personal comments may give you a glimpse into the heart of your donor and her desire to help you become a parent.
Frozen Donor Egg Process
- The recipient views the screened donors on our affiliate partners’ websites and selects a specific egg donor. The patient arranges payment to the affiliate of their choice and in turn, the affiliate handles the transfer of the frozen donor eggs to Florida Fertility Institute. Your chosen donor affiliate notifies our IVF Coordinator the donor match has been finalized.
- The recipient takes hormones, estrogen to prepare the lining of her uterus for embryo transfer and implantation.
- When the endometrium is appropriately thickened, the frozen donor eggs are thawed and fertilized with the recipient partner’s (or donor) sperm. The recipient adds progesterone to her hormone regimen and five days later the embryo is transferred to the recipient’s uterus. Excess, good quality embryos can be cryopreserved. Recipients will have a pregnancy test 2 weeks following the embryo transfer.
- While each person’s experience in choosing a donor is different, we hope this document guides you in the selection of your future egg donor candidate. Speak with our IVF Coordinator if you have any questions regarding the donor egg treatment process.