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Donor eggs are one of the most successful methods of conception for women struggling with infertility. At the Center for Human Reproduction, leading fertility experts Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS, and David Barad, MD, MS, FACOG, offer both sides of donor eggs: donating eggs and using donor eggs to get pregnant. Call the office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City or click on the online booking tool.
Women between 21-34 may qualify to donate eggs at the Center for Human Reproduction. Rarely, they may qualify at 18-20 or up to age 35. The egg donation process involves:
The screening process includes an interview with both the clinical coordinators and the physicians, then a physical exam and testing.
After passing all screening tests and exams, you enter the database of donors that parents browse to choose their donor.
You undergo a round of testing to make sure you’re prepared for the egg donation.
You administer injections every day to suppress your cycle, which coordinates your cycle with the intended parent’s cycle. Then, you start ovarian stimulation injections to maximize the number of eggs you have ready for donation. You visit the Center for Human Reproduction frequently for blood tests and ultrasound monitoring of your ovaries.
When your eggs mature sufficiently, you trigger ovulation with an hCG injection. Two days later, you have an egg retrieval procedure in the office.
Egg donation takes 3-5 weeks in total. The Center for Human Reproduction has a very streamlined process to make your experience smooth and easy.
If you have fertility challenges and decide to use donor eggs to have a baby, the Center for Human Reproduction’s helpful process includes:
Once you choose a donor from the database, the office coordinates with that donor to make sure they’re available and then initiates the testing and preparation processes.
The donor syncs her cycle with yours and starts treatment to increase the number of available eggs in the next cycle.
To have the best chance for success, you need a uterine lining of at least 7 mm thick. If you need help with this, the experienced team can assist you in achieving a favorable environment before egg transfer.
Whether you’re using donor sperm or your partner’s sperm, the next step is egg fertilization in the lab to create embryos.
Three to five days after embryo creation, you undergo implantation at the Center for Human Reproduction.
You take a pregnancy blood test two weeks after your embryo transfer. After two positive pregnancy tests and a confirmation ultrasound, you start seeing an OB/GYN for the duration of your pregnancy.
The Center for Human Reproduction also offers a frozen egg donor program. It is a shorter process since the eggs are ready and waiting for fertilization.
The Center for Human Reproduction team is happy to discuss the egg donation program with you to help you decide whether it suits your individual needs. There are multiple paths to pregnancy, so they can help you find the right option.
Book your appointment by calling the Center for Human Reproduction or clicking the online scheduler.