Egg Donation

At RMA, we are dedicated to finding solutions to all our patient needs. For many, that means utilizing donated eggs to experience pregnancy, delivery and holding a child you carried. The decision to utilize donated ovum is not a simple one. There are always questions and concerns; we're here to help you determine if this is the best options for your needs.

Overview / FAQ

There are many questions our patients ask as they explore the option of egg donation. Following are some of the most common questions we receive:

Who is a candidate for IVF using donated eggs?

Candidates for Egg Donation include married or single women with one or more of the following conditions: premature ovarian failure, malfunction of the reproductive organs, chromosomal abnormalities, genetic disorders, removal of the ovaries or radiation to the ovaries. Finally, IVF patients who have had a poor response to stimulation or poor quality eggs may also be candidates.

How does the process work?

Your initial consultation will include a meeting with one of the physicians to review your medical history and may include a physical exam, blood testing, ultrasound, Pap test and cultures. On that day or a later date you will also be scheduled to meet with a nurse coordinator to review the program in detail, discuss the required testing (see recipient screening tests below) for you and your partner and to schedule your consultation with our psychologist. Your visit will conclude with a financial consultation to review the cycle costs, insurance reimbursement and payment schedules. Allow approximately 3 hours for this initial visit.

Recipient Screening Tests

Standard testing per the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines include screening for sexually transmitted diseases, infectious diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV, antisperm antibodies and hormonal evaluations, among others. The uterine cavity will be evaluated using several methods to ensure its receptivity at the time of embryo transfer. One such method is a Preparatory Cycle (Prep Cycle) that hormonally mimics a natural menstrual cycle. Since pregnancy puts added stress on a woman's body, if you are 44 or older, you will need to obtain medical clearance before starting in our program and may need to do some additional testing.

How do I select my donor?

Donors can be either Known (family member/friend) or Anonymous. Anonymous donors are viewed by clicking on a secured link through our website . You will be given a password to view the profiles of the available donors. Once you have selected your donor you will talk with the egg donor coordinator to discuss next steps. Depending on what donor you select there could be a waiting period for that particular donor.

What are RMA's egg donor criteria?

Donors must undergo extensive physical and psychological testing before they are accepted into our program. Anonymous donors must be 21-30 years of age while known donors do not have an age limit. It is important to note that known donors, regardless of their age, must have sufficient ovarian function to respond adequately to stimulation. A woman may donate a maximum of 5 times. If you choose to use an anonymous donor you will be given a complete medical history of the donor and her family as well as a thorough description of her physical characteristics.

How much does a donor egg cycle cost?

IVF using donated eggs can be quite expensive. First, the recipient of the eggs must pay for the blood tests, medications and ultrasounds for both parties. Then the donor receives compensation for donating. Depending on the recipient's insurance, some of these fees may not be covered. If her insurance does not cover any of these expenses, one cycle of IVF with donor egg can cost over $20,000.

What kind of person becomes an egg donor?

Many different types of women chose to become donors. Often, the donor is a young mother or a full time student who finds donation a way to supplement her income and satisfy her unselfish desires at the same time. All donors undergo thorough screening before being accepted into the program.

What about ovum/egg donor brokers? What are they and why would I want to use one?

Here at RMA, we carefully recruit and screen young women who meet our stringent criteria. Some recipients may prefer to use an outside agency to select a donor. This is certainly an option and we will work with outside agencies. These agencies may have carefully screened their applicants, or they may not have done screening at all. In these cases, we will review the donor's records and if necessary, we may request that the donor undergo additional tests.

Can I use my friend/sister/niece/etc to be my egg donor?

Yes, provided that she undergoes the same screening tests (HIV, hepatitis, psychological screening, etc) that any other donor would undergo.

I don't have a uterus. Can I have another woman carry my baby?

Yes, she would be called a "gestational carrier". In many cases like this, the patient may have a friend or relative who is willing to carry the pregnancy. Both women would need to undergo screening and evaluation, and then their hormonal cycles would need to be synchronized much like a donor egg cycle. We have extensive experience with these specialized procedures.

Frozen Donor Eggs

RMA of Michigan is excited to have partnered with Donor Egg Bank USA

Why choose to do a frozen egg cycle vs. a fresh donor cycle?

Convenience - You have immediate availability to a donor pool with excellent pregnancy rates. A traditional donor cycle process could take up to six months or longer to complete depending on the patient. Donor Egg Bank USA  donors have already been screened and have completed their egg retrieval. Their eggs have been frozen and are ready for selection.

Affordability - A frozen egg donor cycle has a lower cost than a fresh donor cycle due to some of the fees being shared between more than one recipient.

Experience - Donor Egg Bank USA capitalizes on the collaboration of Fertility Experts from across the country sharing best practices.

Success Rates - Success rates with a frozen cycle are nearly as good as a fresh cycle. Donor Egg Bank USA also offers an Assured Refund Program which provides a 100% refund if the recipient does not have a successful delivery. This option makes the cost of treatment more predictable and protects the recipient financially. The cost is slightly more than twice the cost of a single cycles and allows the recipient to persevere with treatment for up to 6 cycles. If treatment is unsuccessful, a full refund is provided.

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