Egg Donor Information For more information on how to become an egg donor, call (585) 487-3453. Patient Information We encourage you to read this information carefully before you attend your clinical screening visit. What is Egg Donation? Egg donation is a process in which eggs (oocytes) are provided by one woman and given to another woman who wants to become pregnant. The egg donor can be a friend, family member, or an anonymous donor. The technique of egg donation is an extension of the IVF program. It is important for you to understand the process of IVF. In doing so you will understand how the use of donor eggs is incorporated into a couple's treatment cycle and what you would undergo to donate your eggs. All Information is Kept Confidential The only information you will receive about the eggs donated after retrieval is whether fertilization occurred. In Vitro Fertilization-Embryo Transfer (IVF-ET) IVF describes fertilization of an egg by sperm outside the body. The egg, once fertilized, is called an embryo. Once fertilization and early cell development has occurred, the embryo is replaced into the uterus. Apart from the initial fertilization procedure (which normally occurs in the fallopian tube), the remaining development of the embryo occurs naturally within the woman's body. The birth of Louise Brown in 1978 occurred after years of research by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. This introduced IVF-ET techniques to the world and in 1979 the first IVF baby was born in the U.S. As the techniques for ovulation induction, egg recovery, laboratory procedures, and embryo replacement are refined, the success rates are increasing steadily. As an egg donor in our IVF program, you will participate in steps one and two, ovulation induction and egg retrieval. Step three and four refer to the recipient couple. Who is an Egg Donor? A woman between the ages of 21 and 27 can be an egg donor. She can be a friend, family member, or an anonymous donor. She can be married or single, and would preferably have children of her own. Sources of Donors Although egg donation is similar to sperm donation, it is not easy to maintain a large pool of egg donors. Eggs are not as easily retrievable as sperm. Since eggs cannot be cryopreserved (frozen), there are no banks as there are sperm banks. Anonymous donation is similar to sperm donation in that the recipient receives limited social and medical background information. Egg Donor Requirements Be age 21 to 27 to minimize risks of chromosomal abnormalities and maximize success rates. Good health without chronic illness, psychiatric problems, or substance abuse. Complete a satisfactory physical exam. Complete medical history screening and genetic screening. Satisfactorily complete psychological evaluation. Complete screening testing for infectious diseases, including testing for AIDS, hepatitis, syphilis, cultures for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Give informed consent after meeting with physician and psychologist. Please note: there is a required wait period of 12 months from the date of acquisition of a tattoo or ear/body piercing. Once we receive your donor application, health questionnaire and genetic packet, the doctor will review the information. If you are felt to be a good candidate to be an egg donor, we will schedule you for an evaluation. One other factor for potential egg donors to consider is the time committment that must be made.