Donor Egg and Fertility
The advances in fertility treatment over the past decade have brought success to many couples in their efforts to create a family. One cause of infertility, diminished ovarian reserve or poor egg quality, may not respond to conventional treatment with fertility medications. Unfortunately aging of the ovary and subsequently the woman’s eggs is not a reversible problem. Egg donation offers the best success for diminished ovarian reserve / ovarian aging. Pregnancy success rates with egg donation at CARE have been consistently high. CARE is happy to work with either anonymous agency donors or a donor that is known to the patient (i.e., a relative or friend). Egg donors are typically young, healthy women under the age of 32 who do not have any history of reproductive issues. They should be of average body weight and a non-smoker.
Screening of Egg Donors
Egg donors undergo a medical, genetic and psychological screening process to help both the clinic and the donor decide if donation is the right path for them. Donors undergoing treatment at CARE all have an extended genetic screening evaluation (a blood test) to assess their risk for being a carrier of certain genetic diseases. Testing includes cystic fibrosis, Fragile X, spinal muscular atrophy, alpha and beta thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, Tay Sachs DNA, Fanconi’s anemia group C, Gauchers Disease, Glycogen Storage Disease Type IA, Joubert’s Syndrome 2, Maple Syrup Disease Type 1A/1B, Mucolipidosis Type IV, Nemaline myopathy, Bloom Syndrome, Canavan Disease, Dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase deficiency, Familial Dysautonomia, Familial Hyperinsulinism, Neiman-Pick Type A and B, Usher’s Syndrome Type If, Usher’s syndrome Type III, Walker-Warburg Syndrome. Additionally a genetics counselor provides the intended parent with a concise report that reviews their pertinent positive family history as well as their blood results. The ovarian reserve of the donor is assessed by an AMH (antimullerian hormone) level as well as an antral follicle count. This information coupled with the donor’s body weight allows us to customize our stimulation protocol of the donor.
CARE Fertility tries to provide as much information as possible to assist the intended parents in choosing the right donor for them!
For more information on Donor Egg, please contact CARE Fertility.