Here at Long Island IVF, we also offer services to protect, freeze and store sperm for future insemination.
A donor egg recipient is a woman who is unable to conceive for a variety of reasons. In most cases, the recipient has tried many other forms of reproductive therapies, which have been unsuccessful due to limited ovarian reserve/response or age. Recipients at Long Island IVF must be under the age of 50 and in good general health.
Egg donation was originally developed to treat infertility in women who have ovarian failure and want to experience a pregnancy and birth. Some women are born with this problem; other women have lost their ovarian function at menopause sometimes prematurely or following medical treatment such as chemotherapy. Still other women carry genetic problems that they do not wish to pass on to their children.
There are two types of Egg Donors who can donate their healthy eggs to recipients - the anonymous egg donor and the known egg donor. When you use an anonymous donor, you choose from our extensive and ethnically diverse database and you are only aware of her basic physical and psychological characteristics. About 80 percent of donors are anonymous. The known donor, on the other hand, is a woman who is known to you either as a relative or friend or through introduction.
You may bring a friend or relative as a prospective donor to be evaluated by one of our physicians. Some recipients choose to utilize donors found through other sources. All of these "known donors" undergo a screening process similar to the anonymous donors. The difference between known donor and anonymous donor screening is hair drug testing and the background check by our private investigator. In the circumstance of a known donor, this is optional unless requested by the psychological screener.
Becoming a Recipient
To learn more about becoming an egg recipient, or to sign up for our next informational seminar, please fill out the form below and you will be contacted by a representative.
In order to become a recipient in our program, you must first establish yourself as a patient with one of our physicians. An appointment with one of our physicians includes a physical exam, sonogram and possibly blood work. You should bring all of your relevant past medical records for review by the physician.
This may prevent duplication of screening or procedures. Once you have been identified as a recipient, you will meet with the Donor Egg Nurse Coordinator, who will review the entire process and provide you with the information you will need to proceed. Your next step would be screening.
Recipient screening includes:
- Gynecological exam with vaginal cultures for communicable diseases
- Blood tests for general screening
- Psychological evaluation with partner
** Recipients over the age of 45 need additional testing to include:
- Physical exam by a General Medical Doctor
- Pre-pregnancy evaluation by a Perinatologist.
- Cardiac clearance
- Fasting Lipid Panel
- Homocystine level
Male partners of recipients are also screened:
- Blood tests for communicable diseases
- Blood tests for some genetic conditions
- Semen analysis
- Psychological evaluation with partner
It is strongly recommended that partners freeze a semen sample prior to a donor cycle for back-up purposes.
Note: The recipient screening process is individual to your medical needs.
After your screening is complete, you are ready to begin the donor selection process. You will begin reviewing donor abstracts, which are anonymous donor applications. While other clinics choose a donor for you, Long Island IVF will provide you with donor abstracts so you may select the donor with whom you feel most comfortable.
Donor abstracts contain the following information:
- General physical characteristics
- Educational background
- Likes and dislikes
- Genetic history
- Family medical history
- Reason for donating
Sample Egg Donors
Long Island IVF has developed an extensive list of fully screened, ethnically diverse egg donors that are available without any wait. Please click on the graphic below to view a sampling of our donor list.
There are three different fee options to choose from for Donor Egg Recipient Cycles. Please contact our Donor Egg Coordinator, Vicky Loveland at 631-752-0606 to discuss your personal coverage and the specific fees and options.
- Sole Recipient Cycle This is a cycle in which you select a donor and you are the only recipient of the donor's eggs.
- Primary Recipient Cycle This is a cycle in which as a recipient, you pay monies upfront for the opportunity to share the cost of the donor cycle with another recipient. You may become a sole recipient if less than 8 mature eggs are retrieved. If the shared cycle goes forward, you would receive monies back from Long Island IVF, which makes it exactly what the secondary recipient pays.
- Secondary Recipient Cycle As a least expensive option, this is a cycle in which you, as a secondary recipient, may select a donor and prepare to receive embryos, but may not receive embryos in the event that there are not enough oocytes (eggs) for two recipients.
Process & Procedure
Once you have selected a donor, you will meet with the donor egg nurse to review your treatment calendar. The treatment calendar contains the information for your cycle. All required appointments and office visits, as well as necessary medications to be taken, will be listed on your calendar. Some medications used are only available in the injectable form. Injection teaching will be made available to you and your partner so that the medications may be safely administered at home. Your cycle needs to be synchronized (timed together) with your donor. This may take up to six weeks. This process is achieved through the use of various medications.
Medication protocols are individualized to each patient's specific needs and decided upon by your physician. Medications are used in order to prepare your uterus to receive embryos. Blood tests and vaginal ultrasounds are used to determine uterine receptivity. When the uterine lining is sufficiently prepared:
- Your donor will begin stimulation with medication to produce multiple follicles (fluid filled sacs that contain eggs).
- Egg maturity is estimated based on hormone results and follicle size. This is evaluated by blood tests and transvaginal ultrasounds performed on the donor.
- When the donor's eggs are thought to be mature, the donor takes the medication HCG, which readies the eggs for ovulation.
- Eggs are retrieved before ovulation occurs. Egg retrieval is performed about 36 hours after HCG is administered.
- The egg retrieval takes place at our Melville office at 8 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 101.
- If possible, your partner will need to provide a fresh semen sample on the day of the donor's retrieval to inseminate the eggs.
- You will be notified regarding fertilization, the day after the retrieval, by one of our nurses.
- You will also need to come to our Melville office for your embryo transfer.
- Embryos are transferred transvaginally with a thin catheter introduced into the uterus through the cervix utilizing ultrasound guidance.
- It may be necessary to take certain medications to make the uterine lining more receptive to an embryo attempting to implant and nourish a growing pregnancy.
- Approximately 12-14 days after your transfer, you will be scheduled for a blood pregnancy test to determine if you are pregnant. Should your blood tests indicate you are pregnant, you would continue medications, and schedule an ultrasound with your physician.
For more information, please contact Vicky Loveland at 631-881-5298 or firstname.lastname@example.org