Egg Donation

Donor eggs offer the possibility of childbearing to women whose ovaries are absent or who have ovarian failure and do not produce eggs that can be fertilized. Egg donation is an anonymous program where we will use your donated eggs to help a couple achieve their goal of a successful pregnancy. This is a wonderful way to help a couple fulfill their dreams of becoming parents.

Egg DonationDonor gametes may be obtained anonymously or from a known individual who may be genetically related. Selection of an appropriate donor, screening to ensure safety, psychological support and medical management of the treatment cycles are commonly performed.

By using IVF techniques, eggs are retrieved from a donor and fertilized by the sperm of the recipient’s partner. Usually 1-2 embryos are placed into the recipient’s uterus, any remaining embryos are frozen for the recipient’s future use.

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DONOR REQUIRMENTS

egg-donors2All egg donors must meet the following requirements before participating in our program:

  • Age 21-30
  • Be in good health and physically fit
  • Be willing to go off birth control pills (or ring or patch) for a period of time.
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Must have both ovaries

Once the initial requirements are met, you will access the larger donor application, this will consist of family history and some basic personal information to get a feel for your personality, like favorite foods, best childhood memory.

TESTING REQUIRMENTS

Upon further screening you will have an in-person interview with our egg donor coordinator and a series of preliminary screening tests before you are considered an active donor in our program. egg-donors

These include:

  • Blood work
  • Ultrasound
  • Genetic consult
  • Psychological consult

The actual cycle for undergoing egg donation will require a commitment of approximately 6 weeks. Most appointments are in the morning, lasting approximately 20-30 minutes, allowing you to make it to other normal commitments on time. During this time we will utilize ultrasounds, bloodwork and injections to monitor egg production. Your absolute commitment is very important to the program, we use donors who are flexible and reliable, in return we will make every attempt to minimize disruption to your usual schedule.

The retrieval process takes approximately one hour. After the procedure you should plan to rest at home for the remainder of the day. This is the only day that you can not participate in your normal activities.

In addition to the tremendous gratification in assisting a couple to achieve their dream of parenthood, you will be compensated $6,000 for your participation.

To apply, please fill out our short and secure, preliminary online application. After reviewing your information, we will contact you with further instructions.

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REFER A FRIEND

If you have been an FCO donor previously, and know of someone who you feel would make a good donor and they make it to the retrieval process, we will give you a $100 gift card for referring to us.

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DONOR RECIPIENTS

For our patients needing an anonymous donor, The Fertility Center of Oregon has a pool of donors for your selection. Our donor coordinators will work with you to carefully help in the selection of a donor to your specifications. All of FCO’s donors are screened on family health history, mental health, genetic background, education, physical characteristics and testing for diseases in order to be accepted into our program. Age is a large factor when we select donors, the quality of the eggs is higher in the 20’s than in the 30’s. We require our donors to be between 21-30 years of age. Since all of our donors are anonymous it means the potential egg recipients do not see any pictures of the donors. Pictures are provided to the donor coordinator for matching of physical characteristics only.

Process Overview

First the recipient will have an Egg Donation IVF consult with the practitioner. After it is decided to move forward with the egg donor, our egg donor coordinator will review with the recipient characteristics they are desiring and the coordinator will pick some profiles of donors that are currently on file for the recipient to select from matching those characteristics.

When the donor is available the process continues and we will start monitoring both the recipient and the donor to synchronize their cycles. Both recipient and donor will have screening labs and ultrasounds prior to the actual procedure. Depending on the recipients age we might also require a treadmill and/or EKG test.

By using IVF techniques, eggs are retrieved from the donor and fertilized by the sperm of the recipient’s partner. 1-2 embryos are placed into the recipient’s uterus, any remaining embryos are frozen for the recipient’s future use.

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