Penn Fertility Care offers the option for fresh egg donation. We provide fertility evaluations, egg donors, pre-implantation hormone therapy and the IVF procedure, all within one location.
What is Fresh Egg Donation?
Fresh egg donation means that you are working with a live donor that you picked just for you.
The first step in receiving a donated egg is selecting the egg donor. We provide anonymous egg donors and are also happy to work with women who have already identified a donor.
For those we provide, all donors go through a rigorous screening process that 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 nine to 12 days after the transfer. Women are typically followed by Penn Fertility until eight weeks of pregnancy and then transferred to the care of an obstetrician.
Who is a Candidate for Fresh Egg Donation?
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.
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