5 Frequently Asked Questions About Egg Donation

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At South Jersey Fertility Center, we are proud to offer one of the most successful and affordable donor egg and embryo creation programs in New Jersey. Whether you are looking to donate eggs or build a family through the use of a donor egg, we will work with you to help you achieve your goal. Many people are unaware of what egg donation entails or how it works, so we are here to provide all the information you need to fully understand the process. Continue reading to discover answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about egg donation!

What is Egg Donation?

Egg donation is a part of the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process, allowing someone who is unable to conceive using their own eggs to use a donor’s eggs. The use of donor eggs is beneficial for women who do not produce enough viable eggs, have issues with their ovaries, or have not had success with IVF using their own eggs. Egg donation allows a donor to help a couple start a family of their own while being compensated for this selfless act.

How Does Egg Donation Work?

The process of becoming an egg donor involves the self-injection of hormones over the course of three weeks, which stimulates ovarian production and leads to the maturation of eggs. The donor will be monitored through routinely scheduled appointments throughout the process, so the hormone levels can be assessed. The egg retrieval process only takes an estimated 30 minutes. This minimally invasive procedure is done under a light sedation so the donor won’t feel any pain. Once the eggs are retrieved, they are fertilized with sperm from the partner (or donor sperm) of the donor egg recipient. The embryos that are created are then transferred into the uterus of the recipient to achieve a successful pregnancy.

How Long Does the Egg Donation Process Take?

The entire process of egg donation, from selection to the retrieval procedure, tends to take 3 to 4 months. Potential egg donors must go through a thorough screening process, which begins after an application is submitted. At South Jersey Fertility Center, the screening process includes a physical exam, an analysis of your family history, blood work, lab and genetic testing, and a psychological exam. The results of this process will determine if you are a viable candidate for egg donation. Once a donor has been screened and selected, the ovarian stimulation cycle begins, which includes follow up appointments that lead up to the actual egg retrieval procedure.

Does Egg Donation Affect the Donor’s Fertility?

There are no studies that indicate that donating eggs will affect your own fertility. Neither the medications an egg donor takes, nor the process itself will have an impact on the donor’s fertility.

How Are Donors and Recipients Matched?

At South Jersey Fertility Center, donors are chosen by prospective parents after they view our detailed donor profiles. They will be able to view information such as the donor’s race, age, height, weight, eye color, and hair color to make their decision, as well as photos of the donor. Donors chosen through an online database or through a fertility center, whose identities are not revealed to the patients, are known as anonymous donors.

Donor Services Near You at South Jersey Fertility Center

Whether you are interested in becoming an egg donor or you are in need of donor eggs to start your family, South Jersey Fertility Center can help you make your dream a reality. We have both a fresh and frozen egg donor program, with success rates of 63% for women ages 35-37. Our donor egg coordinators will work with you throughout the entire process and ensure that you are comfortable and well-informed no matter what role you are serving. To learn more about our successful egg donor program, contact us.

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