Egg Donation Program at Reproductive Science Center

Family Egg DonationSome women cannot conceive a child due to issues related to egg quantity or quality. This is particularly common in women over the age of 40, in whom IVF with their own eggs has lower success rates.

Since its establishment in 1983, the Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area has created one of the country’s most experienced and highly successful egg donor programs. RSC’s clinical pregnancy are greater than 70% per transfer, one of the reasons that patients travel internationally to participate in RSC’s egg donation program.

RSC has an exceptional in-house egg donor program. RSC’s donor registry contains the profiles of egg donors who are available to be matched by interested recipients. All RSC program donors are fully screened and cleared to complete an IVF cycle. All egg donor cycles in which an RSC Program Donor is selected are anonymous.

RSC is also part of a collaborative effort called Donor Egg Bank USA, created in response to the growing need for a nationwide database of diverse egg donors. Donor Egg Bank USA is one of the most comprehensive frozen donor egg programs in the United States.

Egg donation has brought new hope and joy to thousands of families who once thought they might be unable to have a child of their own. As women enter their late 30s and early 40s, there is a natural decline in egg quality and quantity which leads to lower pregnancy rates. In an egg donation cycle, eggs from a young woman are donated for use with in vitro fertilization (IVF). The eggs are fertilized with the recipient’s partner’s sperm or with donor sperm. The resulting embryos are transferred to the recipient’s uterus. The recipient will be the birth mother on record.

Egg donation is a sophisticated and carefully coordinated procedure. Medications and ultrasound monitoring are used to synchronize both donor and recipient cycles.

RSC Egg Donor Program services include:

  • Recruiting new egg donor through colleges, universities and parenting resources
  • Coordinating physical exams, lab testing and ultrasound evaluation to assess the health of the donor and quality of eggs
  • Conducting a thorough review of the family history and personal history and assessing the potential risk for genetic disorders
  • Completing psychological screening including written personality assessment and a one-on-one visit with a psychologist specializing in third party fertility cycles
  • Screening for over 100 genetic diseases to determine carrier status and conducting a thorough genetic counseling appointment to review any known genetic risks

Before proceeding with a cycle, all recipients at RSC attend a consultation with a psychologist. This is a great chance to ask any questions that you may have. Most recipients describe this as a very valuable appointment. The consultation session provides an opportunity to explore a variety of issues including:

  • Questions about parenting a child not genetically related to you
  • Discussing your decision with friends and family
  • How and when to tell your child about their assisted conception

Dr. Susan Willman talks about egg donation

Financing Egg Donation

Another benefit of RSC’s program is its affordable financial aid offerings.

Donor Screening Process

Donors must complete a lengthy screening process. After being screened and chosen by a recipient, the actual process of egg donation takes five weeks.  Learn more about RSC’s Donor Screening process.

Egg Donor Patient Stories

Each pregnancy that occurs at RSC has a unique story behind it. Here are a few stories of people whose lives were forever changed at RSC.

Tracy

Tracy, a forty-two year old professional, was a single woman who lost her naturally conceived baby thirty-seven weeks into the pregnancy. “I had never been married, and the realization hit me that I wasn’t getting any younger, and my window of opportunity to have children was getting smaller and smaller…” Read Tracy’s and others’ stories about participating in the RSC egg donor program.