Penn Fertility Care

Donor Egg Program

Many infertile couples make the decision to receive a donated egg, which can be an essential step in achieving pregnancy. Some women are unable to produce healthy eggs or have other factors that prevent them from using their own eggs; therefore, the use of donated eggs may be a necessity for an infertile couple to become pregnant.

Egg Donations

Egg donors give a couple the opportunity to experience pregnancy, childbirth and, most importantly, the chance to build a family. Egg donation is a rewarding and unique experience for both donor and recipient.

Donors may either be "anonymous" or they may be a "known" donor, such as a friend or relative. Most women decide to undergo the egg donation process as anonymous donors. Their identity remains anonymous throughout the entire donor process.

The Donor Egg Program at Penn Fertility Care is currently looking for healthy women, ages 21 to 34, who are interested in helping infertile couples through egg donation. Generous compensation is offered to the donors for their time and travel. If you are interested in becoming a donor, please fill out the Egg Donation Screening Form.

For more information about the Donor Egg Program, please contact Penn Fertility Care at 800-789-PENN (7366) or 215-615-4218.

Donation Process

Once a woman is a confirmed egg donor, the process of synchronizing both donor and recipient's cycles will begin. A donor receives medication that will stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple egg-containing follicles. The patient (recipient) prepares her uterus by taking estrogen tablets or by applying estrogen patches and, once ovulation is triggered in the donor, will also take progesterone.

After the donor's eggs have matured, a needle retrieves them (through the guidance of an ultrasound). The eggs are then fertilized in Penn's state-of-the-art laboratory and will incubate for two to five days. After incubation, the eggs are transferred to the recipient's uterus in a simple outpatient procedure. A pregnancy test is performed 9 to 12 days after the transfer.

Egg Donation and Pregnancy Q&A Session