Egg Donation in Colorado & South Dakota
Some women, for a variety reasons, may not be able to use their own oocytes (eggs) to achieve pregnancy. In these cases, egg donation may be a treatment option to consider. As a recipient of donated oocytes, the patient must have a uterus which is relatively normal in shape and function, otherwise a gestational carrier will also be needed.
Are you looking for an egg donor? Dr. Smith treats infertility via egg donation in Parker, Castle Rock and Denver CO, as well as in Rapid City, SD and surrounding areas.
Egg donors are consenting healthy women between 21 and 32 years of age who ovulate normally. Women approved for egg donation should have a normal health history, no family history of significant genetic disorders, and a normal physical examination.
In addition, laboratory screening for communicable (sexually transmitted) diseases must all be negative. An egg donor may be anonymous or known. The majority of egg donation cycles involve the use of an anonymous donor.
In known egg donation procedures, couples may choose to have a friend or relative act as their egg donor. For a known egg donor cycle, the known donor must still undergo the same screening procedures as an anonymous donor. The screening for communicable diseases is required by law.
Egg donation recipients are women, under the age of 50 years, who will receive eggs from the oocyte donor. These women have medical conditions which prevent natural conception using their own oocytes, but are otherwise able to carry a pregnancy. The egg donation recipient receives unfertilized oocytes which are then fertilized with their partner’s or donor sperm. The embryos created from the donor oocytes are then implanted in the recipient’s uterus.
Reasons for Egg Donation
- Premature menopause (ovarian failure)
- Absence of ovaries from birth (ovarian agenesis)
- Previous chemotherapy or cancer treatment
- Previous ovarian surgery
- Carriers of genetic disorders
- Inadequate response to fertility drugs in the past
- Poor oocyte quality
- Advanced age
The Egg Donation Process
Egg donation is an involved process. Egg donation involves all the same steps required for in vitro fertilization: daily self-administered hormone injections, almost daily ultrasounds, blood work, and transvaginal ultrasound-guided egg retrieval.
The process starts with an application and a series of interviews and tests. If you are approved, you are matched with a recipient (not everyone is matched). The egg donation cycle usually takes from 3-4 weeks. You’ll be self-injecting hormonal medications to help your ovaries produce multiple eggs. You’ll come to our offices frequently so we can monitor how things are going. When your eggs are ready for ovulation, you will be “ triggered” with another injection, and then egg retrieval is performed 36 hours later.
Egg Recipient FAQs
» What are the Pregnancy Rates of Egg Donation?
» How does Rocky Mountain Fertility Clinic find egg donors?
» What kinds of egg donors are available?
Egg donors are just like the population, they come from every ethnicity. They have every hair color and eye color. They have different areas of expertise — maybe it’s athletic, maybe it’s art. They are different heights and have different IQs. They have different personalities.
Our donors are consenting, healthy women between the ages of 21 and 32. To be approved as donors, they need to have a normal healthy history, no family history of genetic disorders, and should have normal results from a physical exam. All donors are screened for sexually transmitted diseases.
You can choose to have a donor you know, a family member or friend, but most people choose anonymous egg donation. If you select a known donor, she must still undergo the same rigorous screening procedures. Using a known egg donor costs about the same as an anonymous egg donor.
» Will I be able to know my donor? Will my egg donor ever know who I am?
» How much information about my egg donor can I receive?
» What are the legal implications of choosing egg donation?
Egg Donor FAQs
» What are the risks involved with being an egg donor?
» Am I put under general anesthesia during egg retrieval?
» How long is recovery after egg retrieval?
» How often can I donate eggs?
Rocky Mountain Fertility Center offers egg donation treatment to patients in Parker, Castle Rock, and Denver, CO and Rapid City, SD. To learn more about egg donation or to schedule an appointment call (303) 999-3877 or fill out a Contact Form here.