The Bethesda Fertility Center offers a highly successful egg donation program, featuring minimal wait times and egg donors who are genuinely committed to helping women fulfill their dreams of motherhood. Our egg recipient patients benefit from being part of a proven IVF program that consistently achieves some of the highest live birth rates both locally and nationally.
Why Egg Donation?
Ovum donation, commonly referred to as egg donation, is a program that provides egg donors for women (recipients) who are unable to become pregnant using their own eggs. If you decide that egg donation is right for you, you’ll be evaluated and then matched with an egg donor through an anonymous process.
Our egg donation program will provide you the opportunity to fully experience the nine prenatal months of bonding in utero, the birth process and breast feeding – benefits rarely afforded by surrogacy or adoption. In addition, you get to control the intrauterine environment through a healthy diet, good prenatal care and avoidance of toxins such as alcohol, drugs and cigarette smoke. Egg donation allows you to start providing for your child from the moment of conception.
Typical egg donation recipients:
- Have premature ovarian failure
- Have had their ovaries surgically removed
- Have a genetic disease that has diminished ovarian function
- Have received radiation or chemotherapy that has affected ovarian function
- Are menopausal
How Egg Donation Works
Egg donation begins with the synchronization of the hormonal cycles of the recipient and the donor. As the recipient, you will be given the natural estrogen of the ovary (Estradiol) by mouth. This is given in a sequential escalating dose. The addition of Progesterone completes the uterine preparation for implantation and is timed to the retrieval of the donor’s eggs for maximum recipient receptivity. We will monitor progress throughout your cycle with office visits, ultrasounds and blood work.
Retrieved eggs are fertilized by sperm from your partner or donor sperm through IVF (in vitro fertilization). One or two of the resulting embryos will be transferred to your uterus by a non-surgical procedure called an embryo transfer. After two weeks, you will return to the center for a pregnancy test. With documentation of a viable pregnancy, you may return to your obstetrician of choice for maternity care.
Egg Donor Selection
You may find or choose an egg donor through the following:
- Our anonymous egg donor list
- An agency donor
- A known donor
All potential donors must undergo the same comprehensive medical, genetic and physical screening as well as FDA testing, including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis testing. Equally important, each donor is screened by a psychologist or licensed counselor to assess any type of behavioral or family-oriented psychological disorders.
You may select a donor based upon physical attributes such as eye and hair color, height and weight and body build. Ethnic origin also is included in the selection process. Complete confidentiality is required of all staff, the donor and recipients. The anonymous donor and recipient never meet during the donation process, and we do not report the outcome of the cycle to the donor.
Using An Agency
You may prefer to research local and national donor agencies in choosing an egg donor who more closely matches your preferences and compatibility. Some agencies will provide pictures and additional details of their egg donor candidates. The agency will help coordinate the process, working closely with you, the donor and our office throughout the donor cycle. Most agency donors have undergone:
- A background check
- Genetic and medical history
- Thorough psychological screening
As the recipient, you will be financially responsible for all screening, office visits, blood work, egg retrieval and medications charges of the egg donor. If your donor does not live locally, you also may be responsible for travel expenses in addition to our donor package cost.
Most agencies require an agency “finder fee” in addition to their egg donor compensation. This also would be in addition to expenses outlined in our donor package. You will want to carefully review the agency’s requirements before entering a contract.
* Please note that all donors must undergo additional screening by our office as required by the FDA.