Donor Egg Program
The Donor Egg Program at Boston IVF — The Albany Center combines our team of experts with individuals and couples hoping to achieve their dreams of becoming parents. Via the help of our experts, and access to outstanding agencies for obtaining donor eggs, donor sperm and gestational carriers – we help guide patients every step of the way.
For many individuals and couples, the dream of having a child is not easily realized – and egg donation represents the only real chance for parenthood. Boston IVF — The Albany Center’s Donor Egg Program has assisted in bringing together recipient parents and egg donors – to create or help grow families.
As a woman ages, both egg amounts and egg quality declines and, at the same time, ovarian function diminishes. Donor Egg brings new hope to women who cannot use their own eggs to become pregnant. A donor egg cycle is essentially an IVF cycle where the eggs of a donor are used. A highly successful option for family building, pregnancy success rates using egg donors surpass the traditional IVF pregnancy rates because healthy eggs donated by young women, overcoming the cause of infertility in the recipient.
The first step to becoming a donor egg patient is to schedule a consultation with our Donor Egg Team. There, our physician, nursing team and Donor Egg Coordinator will each explain the process, thoroughly review your medical history to assure that this treatment is your best option, review your testing requirements, answer questions, and help guide in any additional resources you may require.
Candidates for using donor eggs may include:
• the female partner is older than 40
• previously failed IVF cycles,
• Single woman
• same-sex couples
• Women with premature ovarian failure
• Women with poor egg quality or diminished ovarian reserve
Choosing an Egg Donor
An important step in the donor egg treatment process is choosing a donor. At Boston IVF — The Albany Center, we respect that the process of determining the right donor is a uniquely personal decision. Our team of experts will be there to guide you, every step of the way.
There are two basic types of egg donors to choose from:
Known donors are most commonly sisters, but also can be cousins, nieces, friends, and sometimes acquaintances. Known donors must pass minimum screening criteria.
We also work collaboratively with many outside egg donor agencies. Outside agencies recruit and partially screen donors. The agency then assists couples in identifying possible donor matches from within their pool. We are happy to assist you in coordinating a donor egg cycle with a donor from an outside agency.
Choosing a Sperm Donor
The use of donor sperm can allow patients to succeed with pregnancy in cases where the partner’s sperm count is low. Other scenarios in which donor insemination might be used include: treatment for a single woman/same-sex couple or if the male partner carries a genetic defect that he would not want to pass on to his children. Usually donors are anonymous (unknown), though occasionally a known donor might be used. Patients can choose to acquire sperm through several national certified sperm banks we work with, where donors are rigorously screened and the sperm is quarantined.
Gestational Carrier Services
Couples that have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby may seek out someone to have a baby for them. In some cases, a gestational carrier is a relative or close friend of the couple. However, in most cases, gestational carriers are identified via agencies for their services.
At Boston IVF — The Albany Center, we will help you understand your gestational options and connect you with a variety of reputable surrogacy resources. Our physicians will provide expert care – and our nursing team will guide all monitoring.