Egg Donors

Indiana Fertility Institute reproductive medicine has an extremely active, highly successful donor egg program. Our principles in this program are to provide prompt, courteous, absolutely confidential service with a large choice of fully evaluated and screened donors of the highest possible quality with no delays or administrative barriers.

Oocyte donation is a method of assisted reproduction which allows couples in whom the female is unable to produce oocytes a chance to conceive. Women may be unable to produce oocytes for a variety of reasons including surgery, prior treatment for cancer, premature ovarian failure, and advanced age.

The Basic Steps of Oocyte Donation

  1. Ovarian stimulation and follicular development. This phase of the cycle corresponds to the first half of the menstrual cycle. During this phase the follicles (the fluid filled sacs that contain the oocytes) and the oocytes develop. In order to control the timing of the development and to increase the chance of obtaining more than one oocyte, fertility drugs are used. Commonly used medications are Lupron (leuprolide acetate), and FSH (purified follicle stimulating hormone). Both of these are given by subcutaneous injection.The development of the follicles will be monitored by blood tests and pelvic ultrasounds once it is determined the follicles are nearing maturity. When the follicles are mature, hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) will be administered via injection. The oocyte retrieval will be scheduled for 36 hours following the administration of hCG.
  2. Oocyte retrieval Oocyte retrieval is performed by ultrasound-guided ovarian aspiration. This outpatient procedure does not require general anesthesia; mild sedation is all that is required.The ultrasound probe is inserted in the vagina and the follicles are visualized on the monitor screen. A needle is inserted through the vagina and into the follicle, and the contents aspirated with a suction device. The fluid is immediately passed into the laboratory. The biologists will identify an oocyte if present, judge it for maturity, and place it in an incubator.

Follow-up

Following the oocyte aspiration, you will recover for about 1-2 hours and then be free to return home. You will need someone to drive you home. You may feel bloated throughout the remainder of the cycle due to the stimulation of the ovaries and their temporary enlargement. Your next period should be just about on time, and may be somewhat heavier than normal. The following cycle may be slightly unusual, but then normal menstrual cycles should resume. Should you experience any complications, care will be provided through Indiana Fertility Institute.

Confidentiality

Your participation in this program will remain strictly confidential.

Expectations from the Cycle

You will not be informed whether or not the recipient couple successfully conceives.

Past Records

Past medical records should be obtained from your previous physician(s).

Monetary Consideration

Those individuals participating in the anonymous oocyte donation program will be compensated for the time spent and effort put forth in order to undergo this procedure.

Success Rate

Donor egg therapy at Indiana Fertility Institute is phenomenally successful for the vast majority of women. Another major advantage is that it is a very easy treatment to undergo, since it is far simpler to do a recipient embryo transfer cycle than to experience a typical full IVF or ICSI cycle with the complexities and discomfort of ovarian stimulation and ultrasound-guided egg retrieval. The combination of outstanding effectiveness, when donor egg treatment is delivered using high quality donors by the highly experienced IVF team, and the comparative simplicity and comfort of treatment ensures that the donor egg experience is very different for most patients from previous frustrations with IVF or ICSI using their own eggs.

Success rates for donor egg exceed 50% by the time all embryos formed from just a single average full donor egg cycle are replaced in the uterus. Only a minority of patients will ever need retrieval of additional eggs from the donor. And by the time two donor egg cycles are done with all embryos replaced, about 80% of all patients will have the success they so much desire. Compare this to the much more limited chance of success, often 10% or less, for most couples who do IVF or ICSI with their own eggs under circumstances of relatively advanced reproductive age or impending ovarian failure.

Recruited Oocyte Donor IVF – Recipient Information

Many women are unable to conceive because their ovaries have ceased functioning. There are many causes for this. Genetic alterations, treatment with chemotherapy agents, surgery, and premature menopause are just a few. For many other women, particularly those beyond the age of forty, declining fertility as a result of waning ovarian function makes their chances of successfully conceiving very small. For these two groups of women, donated oocytes offer a real and improved chance of pregnancy and child birth.

Oocytes are donated by a group of women who have agreed to undergo ovarian stimulation, monitoring, and oocyte retrieval solely for the purpose of oocyte donation. These oocytes are anonymously donated. You will never be informed of the identity of the donor and must agree to never attempt to discover the identity of the donor. The donor has, likewise, agreed to never attempt to discover your identity.

The donors are all under age thirty-five and are in good health. They must undergo very extensive screening, interviewing, and examination in order to be a donor. They are screened for hepatitis, syphilis, and HIV. While this is no guarantee of protection, women at very low risk are the only ones accepted as donors.

Characteristics of the donors are carefully recorded and noted. Every effort is made to closely match your characteristics with one of the donors. This includes physical characteristics, blood type, ethnic considerations, education, special interests and aptitudes, etc.

You will receive all of the oocytes from any one donor. Your cycle will be IVF with fertilization of the oocytes with your husband’s sperm and transfer of the resulting embryos to your uterus. As all of the oocytes are being donated to you, we feel you should strongly consider this as an additional chance at pregnancy without any significant additional expense.

All costs for this procedure will be your responsibility. One half of the total fee, which is detailed in a separate document, will be due the day your donor begins her medication, and the remainder due the day of the donor’s retrieval. There may be no insurance coverage for this procedure. Should the donor’s cycle be canceled prior to an attempt at oocyte retrieval due to a poor or unfavorable response to the medications, you will be responsible for all costs and charges incurred up to the time of cancellation.

While the national average success rate for this procedure is on the order of 30%, specific percentages for Indiana Fertility Institute are available upon request.

Egg Recipient Process

Donor egg therapy at Indiana Fertility Institute reproductive medicine is phenomenally successful for the vast majority of women. Another major advantage is that it is a very easy treatment to undergo, since it is far simpler to do a recipient embryo transfer cycle than to experience a typical full IVF or ICSI cycle with the complexities and discomfort of ovarian stimulation and ultrasound-guided egg retrieval. The combination of outstanding effectiveness, when donor egg treatment is delivered using high quality donors by the highly experienced IVF team, and the comparative simplicity and comfort of treatment ensures that the donor egg experience is very different for most patients from previous frustrations with IVF or ICSI using their own eggs.

Success rates for donor egg exceed 50% by the time all embryos formed from just a single average full donor egg cycle are replaced in the uterus. Only a minority of patients will ever need retrieval of additional eggs from the donor. And by the time two donor egg cycles are done with all embryos replaced, about 80% of all patients will have the success they so much desire. Compare this to the much more limited chance of success, often 10% or less, for most couples who do IVF or ICSI with their own eggs under circumstances of relatively advanced reproductive age or impending ovarian failure.

Press Room

11/05 Dr. Jarrett was featured on WISH TV 8. Dr. Jarrett discusses Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Click here to read the story.

7/05 Jarrett Fertility Group has been chosen to be the sole providers of Reproductive Medicine Services at Carle Clinic in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois.

6/05 Dr. Jarrett hosted an on-line live chat on fertility neighborhood.com on Polycystic ovary syndrome

6/05 Dr. Jarrett gave a CME lecture on PCOS in Decatur, Illinois.

4/05 Dr. Jarrett gave a CME lecture in Bloomington-Normal Illinois on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

3/05 Dr. Jarrett gave three lectures in Indiana and Illinois on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

2/05 Dr. Jarrett is named the Director of Reproductive Medicine at Clarian North Medical Center. This is a highly prestigious accomplishment. Click here to read the release from Clarian North.

10/16/04 Dr. Jarrett presented Ovarian Diathermy in the Treatment of Thin Women with Polycystic Ovaries at the annual meeting of the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington, D.C.

11/15/04 Dr. Jarrett was featured on Wish-TV8 of Indianapolis. The story was called ‘Designer Babies’ and was produced by Joy Demandin

11/17/04 Dr. Jarrett hosted a featured Fertility Neighborhood chat on general infertility on Fertilityneighborhhood.com.

12/02/04 Dr. Jarrett was featured in Intake Magazine. The feature article was entitled ‘Paths to Parenting’ and was written by Raygan Swan

Become An Egg Donor

Thank you for your interest in becoming an egg donor!

Indiana Fertility Institute’s egg donation program is uniquely focused on matching recipient patients with donated eggs to create a successful pregnancy. Our dedicated and experienced staff is devoted to matching the best donor/donated eggs to each individual patient.

The embryology laboratory at the Indiana Egg Donation Program specializes in the fertilization of previously cryopreserved eggs or concurrent fresh eggs. The choice of whether to use fresh or cryopreserved eggs is an individual patient decision. The Indiana Egg Donation Program provides state-of-the-art options for both choices.

By becoming an egg donor, you can earn $5,000 while helping couples achieve their dreams of having a family!

If you have any questions about egg donation, please contact us at 317-575-6565.


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