Penn Fertility Care

Donor Egg Program

Fresh Egg Donation

For Women Interested in Receiving a Donated Egg

The option to receive a donated egg is an excellent, medically appropriate therapy for women who have diminished ovarian function or are unable to produce their own eggs.

Penn Fertility Care offers the convenience of providing a fertility evaluation, available egg donors, pre-implantation hormone therapy and the IVF procedure, all within one location. We provide anonymous egg donors and are also happy to work with women who have already identified a donor.

There are many reasons couples consider using donated eggs, including:

  • Premature ovarian failure (premature menopause)
  • Absence of ovaries due to surgery, previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Patients whose own eggs are of poor quality (age can be a primary factor)
  • Being a carrier of genetic diseases

What does the process involve?

The first step in receiving a donated egg is selecting the egg donor. Penn Fertility Care offers a broad range of anonymous egg donors from which to choose. All donors go through a rigorous screening process which includes:

  • Thorough review of patients medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Genetic testing
  • Infectious disease screening

Once an egg donor is selected for fresh egg donation, the process of synchronizing both donor and recipient's cycles begins. 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, they are retrieved vaginally (through the guidance of an ultrasound). The eggs are then fertilized in Penn's state-of-the-art laboratory and incubate for two to five days. After incubation, the embryos are transferred to the recipient's uterus in a simple outpatient procedure. A pregnancy test is performed 9 to 12 days after the transfer. Women are typically followed by Penn Fertility until 8 weeks of pregnancy and then transferred to the care of an obstetrician.