Egg Donor Program
FAQ .ewd-ufaq-post-margin-symbol { border-style: solid;} .ewd-ufaq-post-margin-symbol span { } .ufaq-faq-display-style-Block.ewd-ufaq-post-active, .ufaq-faq-display-style-Block.ewd-ufaq-post-active a,.ufaq-faq-display-style-Block:hover, .ufaq-faq-display-style-Block:hover a, .ufaq-faq-display-style-Block:hover h4 { } .ufaq-faq-header-title a{ } div.ufaq-faq-title h4 { } .ewd-ufaq-post-margin-symbol { } div.ufaq-faq-post p { } div.ewd-ufaq-author-date { } div.ufaq-faq-categories, div.ufaq-faq-tags { } var faq_accordion = true;var faq_scroll = true;var reveal_effect = 'none';Egg Donor ProgramaHow much time off work should I expect?On the day of retrieval you may experience some pelvic cramps and/or bleeding, but the majority of patients are able return to their normal activity the day after the retrieval. aHow long is the recovery period?You may feel bloated and experience some cramping a few days before the retrieval. You also may feel discomfort, bloating, and slight spotting after the procedure. This can last up to 7-10 days. aHow long does the egg retrieval last?The egg retrieval requires approximately 15-30 minutes and patients are monitored for one to two hours after the procedure. aIs the egg retrieval painful?A qualified anesthesiologist will administer IV sedation to make you as comfortable as possible. After the procedure, there may be some discomfort or intermittent sharp, cramp-like pains. aIf I donate will my eggs run out sooner?No. An average female has hundreds of thousands of eggs, a few of which ovulate each month. Studies show that donating eggs multiple times does not change the number of eggs remaining for the next cycle or the donor’s fertility because ovarian stimulation does not recruit additional eggs to grow. Instead, it is merely rescuing those eggs that would become atretic (degenerate) toward the end of the cycle. aHow are my eggs retrieved?The egg retrieval, also called oocyte aspiration, is performed approximately 34-36 hours after the hCG injection. This process is performed under intravenous sedation, which is administered by an anesthesiologist. The physician guides a thin aspiration needle through the vaginal wall into the ovarian follicles using ultrasound guidance. After the eggs are removed, they are taken to the laboratory in a culture tube to examine the follicular fluid for eggs. The eggs are evaluated for maturity and placed in a culture medium. The climate in the laboratory is specifically controlled to provide the optimum environment for the eggs and future embryos. aWill the egg donation process affect my chances of becoming pregnant in the future?There is no evidence that egg donation affects the chances for future conception. An average female has about 300,000 eggs at puberty, and only a fraction of about 300 will undergo stimulation.  If a serious infection occurs, it could adversely affect the reproductive organs; however, this is very rare. aWhat are the side effects of egg donation through IVF?IVF requires the use of several fertility medications including FSH, (Follistim, Gonal-F, Menapur, etc.), Lupron or Cetrotide, hCG, and others. All of these medications can produce side effects in a comparatively small percentage of women. The side effects may include: Hot flashes Nausea Headaches Visual symptoms Ovarian enlargement Local bruising or redness Ovarian cyst formation Swelling Pain Fluid in the lungs Abdominal bleeding Blood clots The most serious potential side effect of gonadotropin therapy is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. This can lead to abdominal swelling, ovarian enlargement, decrease in urination (rarely), and may require hospitalization. We make every attempt to minimize this risk, and recent stimulation techniques have drastically diminished this risk. aWhat is in vitro fertilization?In vitro fertilization (IVF) literally means “fertilization outside of the body.” The female undergoes ovulation induction with gonadotropin hormones to stimulate the development of multiple eggs. Once these eggs mature, they are retrieved from the ovaries and combined with the sperm in a Petri dish. The resultant embryos are placed in an incubator for 5-6 days or until mature. Once mature, they are transferred into the mother’s uterus. aDo I have to pay for anything?No. We will pay for everything unless you violate your contract. This does not include your travel costs to the clinic. aHow are donors compensated?An “Anonymous Oocyte (egg) Donor In Vitro Fertilization Financial Agreement” must be completed and signed. This agreement outlines the terms of compensation. The egg donor receives compensation once a cycle is completed, defined as progression from screening to oocyte retrieval. aWill I get to meet the couple or couples that receive my eggs?No. You will be an anonymous egg donor. Your identity will only be known to AFCT staff (not to the recipient). It can only be disclosed to the patient in extraordinary circumstances by an order from the court. aHow long does the whole process take after my application is received?If your qualifications and profile match what we are looking for, we can start immediately. We usually schedule interviews on Day 3 of your menstrual cycle. A complete cycle can be done in 4-6 weeks. Otherwise, we will put your profile on hold until we are able to start. This can take up to several months. aHow long will it take before I am matched with a recipient?This time varies greatly and some potential egg donors are never chosen. Please be patient. Once a couple selects you, we will contact you with further details. aHow do we match our egg donors and recipients?Most of the donations are anonymous. The prospective recipient is provided with the donor ID number and the demographic, education, occupation, hobbies, and history sections of the donor questionnaire. The recipient may choose one of our egg donors or an egg donor from another source, such as an agency. aWhat if the first IVF cycle with donor eggs does not result in pregnancy?About 30% of fresh donor cycles do not result in a pregnancy. However, this is usually just a temporary setback and you do not have to look for another donor. Most donors produce a number of eggs and it’s likely we will have a number of frozen embryos. If the fresh embryo cycle did not result in a pregnancy, we can try a frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) in a month or two. Overall, our egg donor program has about a 70% cumulative pregnancy rate. aAre there natural ways of increasing my chances of pregnancy with IVF?Staying generally healthy can increase your chances of pregnancy. Our Lisanne Wellness Center can help you optimize your diet, suggest a healthy exercise program, and most importantly work with you to develop a way to manage stress on your road to parenthood. aWhat are the requirements to become an egg donor?Because the criteria are strict, not all applicants will qualify to become an egg donor. All egg donor candidates for our Texas donor egg program must meet the following criteria: Between 21 and 34 years of age No illicit substance or chronic alcohol abuse Healthy weight No family history of congenital disease Pass psychological screening Complete and pass physical exam and history by a physician in our facility Complete and pass all lab testing aWhat if I already have a donor?We are open to working with an egg donor who is already known to the couple, such as a relative or a friend. However, this person will have to undergo the same physical and psychological testing as all our anonymous donors to ensure that the person is a good candidate for egg donation and that you will have the highest possible chance of getting pregnant. aWhat physical and psychological screening do you require for your donors?All our donors undergo a variety of blood tests that check their hormone levels. They also get tested for a number of sexually transmitted diseases and receive a pap smear and pelvic ultrasound. Additionally, they meet with a psychologist who evaluates their mental status and psychological well-being. aCan I view donor photos?Doctors at Advanced Fertility Center of Texas take the process of finding the right donor for each recipient very seriously. We understand that many recipients want their donors to resemble them not just in hair and eye color, but also in facial and body features and other aspects. In most cases, you can view photos or even videos of the donor. In rare cases, the egg donor may not want to have their photo shown, but the doctor can describe the donor in great detail. aHow much information about potential donors can I receive?You can receive a lot of information about the donor. The description does not just focus on physical characteristics. We also provide detailed information about the character, personal interests, hobbies, educational level, and even life ambition of the donor. Ultimately, we want to be sure that our recipient couples feel certain that their donor of choice is “the one.” aWhy do women donate?Women decide to become egg donors for varying reasons. Most women want to help others start a family. One study revealed that 30% of donors had purely altruistic reasons for donation, 20% were motivated by monetary compensation, and 40% decided to donate for both reasons. aHow do you find the donors?We are constantly seeking new candidates and strive to maintain a diverse pool of donors so that our recipients have a better chance of choosing one that closely matches their physical characteristics and character traits. All our donors undergo rigorous screening to ensure that they are physically and psychologically healthy so the recipient will have the highest possible chance of becoming pregnant. aWhat are my chances of getting pregnant with donor eggs?Our Donor Egg Program allows many women who could not conceive on their own to become pregnant with donor eggs. The quality of the eggs is the main factor that determines the likelihood of becoming pregnant, and the recipient’s chance of pregnancy is very high, irrespective of the recipient’s age. For example, if eggs are taken from a 22-year-old egg donor and the resultant embryos are placed in a 42-year-old recipient, the success rates of a viable pregnancy are that of the 22-year-old age group. Overall, our egg donor program has about 70% cumulative pregnancy rate. aWhy do women look for egg donors?Often women are not able to use their own eggs in an IVF cycle and are candidates for our donor egg program. This could be due to: Premature menopause Diminished ovarian reserve Poor egg quality Advanced female age Previous ovarian surgery Cancer or cancer chemotherapy or radiation Repeated IVF cycle failures Pelvic or other diseases aWhy choose Advanced Fertility Center of Texas?Advanced Fertility Center of Texas (AFCT) offers the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art fertility service by providing an entire range of fertility services on-site, including artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, an egg donor program, fertility preservation, genetic testing of the embryos, and surrogacy. We have several fertility treatment centers located throughout Texas: Memorial City, The Woodlands, and College Station. Our fertility specialist, Dr. Michael Allon, is a Double Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and has been a nationally-recognized expert in his field of infertility since 1996. Our Reproductive Laboratories are directed by Dr. Dmitri Dozortsev, who is board certified in Embryology and Andrology and is one of the pioneers in his field. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Mary Turner specializes in infertility, gynecology, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), and hormone imbalances. Dr. Vasilios T. Goudas is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Goudas is also a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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The Advanced Fertility Center of Texas (AFCT) has several fertility treatment centers located throughout Houston metropolitan area. We offer the most comprehensive list of state-of-the-art fertility services.

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