Egg Donor Program Indications
If you are considering using an egg donor, New Hope may recommend you undergo donor egg IVF if you fall into either of the two groups described below:
- No ovaries due to prior surgeries or congenitally underdeveloped ovaries from conditions such as Turner’s syndrome, etc.
- Premature Ovarian Failure, characterized typically by low estrogen, high FSH (greater than 30-40 mIU/ml)
- Post Menopause
- Avoid the transmission of a significant genetic defect with which the recipient is known to be either affected or to be a heterozygote, or have a family history when the carrier status cannot be detected
- Based on mutual decision by the patient and doctor
- Women still having regular periods or still producing eggs but who have experienced multiple failed IVF trials
- Women who are 44 and above
Donor egg IVF cycles generally use conventional IVF treatment to maximize the number of eggs the donor can provide each cycle. Donor sperm is purchased from frozen sperm banks, thawed at New Hope Fertility and then utilized during the IVF cycle.
Fresh donor cycle – a donor’s menstrual cycle is timed with that of the recipient. The donor undergoes hyperstimulation to produce multiple eggs that will be retrieved and then fertilized fresh with the sperm of the recipient’s partner or donor. The resulting embryos are transferred on day 5 of fertilization.
Frozen donor egg cycle – is easier since they do not require menstrual cycles to be timed. We simply thaw and fertilize the donor eggs with the sperm of the donor’s partner or donor. The resulting embryos will be frozen around day 5 (blastocyst stage). The recipient (or gestational carrier) will then be prepared for a natural frozen embryo transfer or using hormone replacement therapy.