We believe the donor oocyte program at TFC is one of the best in the country. This statement is supported not only by our continuously exceptional pregnancy rates, but also by the consistently rave reviews we receive from recipient couples concerning the quality of the young women in our donor pool. By predominantly utilizing the services of Austin residents rather than agency acquired donors, we are able to hand-select a group of diverse, intelligent women who receive care coordinated for them individually by the team at TFC, while saving the recipient couples significant agency and travel-related expenses. This approach leads to satisfied, compliant, and successful donors.
How do you know if donor eggs are right for you?
Oocyte donation is often recommended for couples when the female partner is older than 40, is a poor responder to ovulation induction medications, has evidence of diminished ovarian reserve, or is the carrier of a genetic condition. For some infertile couples, egg donation represents the only real chance for parenthood and the ability to experience the entire pregnancy process from conception to delivery. Oocyte donors can either be designated or anonymous.
The first step to becoming a potential donor oocyte recipient is to consult with your physician. He or she will complete your physical and medical assessment and have you meet with one of the nurses in the donor oocyte department. Your nurse will help you start the process of donor selection and discuss the steps involved in screening and preparation for your cycle. Once you have selected your donor, either designated or anonymous, and all of the screening tests are completed for both of you, the nurse and your physician will devise a coordinated treatment plan that allows for the simultaneous preparation of your uterus for implantation and the donor’s ovaries for stimulation.
Once your uterus is optimally prepared with hormones, the donor will undergo retrieval of the oocytes to be fertilized with your partner’s sperm. The resulting embryos are allowed to undergo initial growth and development in the laboratory until they are ready to be implanted in your uterus. After the embryo transfer, you are maintained on the supporting hormones until the diagnosis of pregnancy is established. Once pregnant, you will continue the hormones until the 10th to 12th week, when the placenta takes over. It is important to note that the risks of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities are related to the donor’s age, not the recipient’s, so it is rarely necessary to need additional genetic testing, such as amniocentesis.