Donor Eggs for Couples Facing Infertility
Who is a candidate for the oocyte donation program, donor eggs?
You may want to consider oocyte donation, or donor egg cycles if you don’t produce eggs on your own, if you carry a genetic disorder, or if your own ovaries have responded poorly to ovulation induction in the past.
Previous chemotherapy, ovarian surgery, premature menopause, and absence of ovaries from birth are some of the common reasons why ovaries are absent or function poorly. To be considered as a recipient for donor oocytes, you must have a uterus and its shape should be relatively normal.
Who qualifies as a Nashville Fertility Center egg donors?
Egg donors are women between the ages of 21 and 32 years of age, who are screened to ensure good general and reproductive health, genetic history, and psychological stability. They are screened for Hepatitis B and C, and sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and CMV). They undergo thorough genetic screening for recessive disorders such as Cystic Fibrosis. They complete an extensive profile that is submitted for medical review. Part of that profile is available for viewing if they are approved to donate.
Many of our potential donors have friends or relatives who have experienced infertility, and/or have children of their own and understand the significance of their gift.
While similar in principle to sperm donation, egg donation is significantly more difficult. The egg donor will experience considerable inconvenience, discomfort, and risk. Egg donation involves the same steps required for in vitro fertilization. Donors will receive daily hormone injections, frequent ultrasounds and blood work, and will undergo vaginal ultrasound-guided egg retrieval.