Egg Donation Program at Reproductive Science Center

The miracle of a baby begins at conception–when sperm meets egg. But many women cannot conceive a child because they produce few or no eggs or embryos that do not develop properly. This is particularly common in women over the age of 40, in whom IVF with their own eggs has limited success. Other women may have a genetic disease and do not want to pass on that risk to their child.

Since its establishment in 1983, the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area has created one of the country’s most experienced and highly successful egg donor programs. RSC’s clinical pregnancy rates of 60 percent in donor cycles, 10 percent above the national average, one of the reasons patients from throughout the globe travel to participate in RSC’s egg donation program.

RSC has an exceptional in-house egg donor program. RSC’s donor registry currently contains the profiles of egg donors, who are ready to be selected by interested recipients who wish to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF). All egg donations in which an RSC Program Egg 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 biological children of their own. Egg donation pregnancies carry the same successes and risks as all IVF and embryo transfer pregnancies.

As women enter their late 30s and early 40s, there is a natural decline in the function of their ovaries, which causes decreased egg quality, which increases the need to use donor eggs. Some women are unable to use their own eggs because they have a high risk of passing on life-threatening genetic disease.

In donation, an egg from a fertile woman is donated to an infertile woman for use with IVF, in which the donor’s eggs are fertilized with the father’s sperm. The resulting embryos are transferred to the recipient mother’s uterus. The recipient mother will be the birth mother on record.

Egg donation is a sophisticated and carefully coordinated procedure that follows many of the steps of the IVF process. Medications and ultrasound monitoring synchronize both donor and recipient cycles.

RSC egg donor program services include:

  • Recruits new egg donors through colleges, universities, and parenting resources.
  • Coordinates exams, lab testing, MMPIs, and psychological evaluations.
  • Conducts a thorough review of the family history and assesses potential risks for genetic disorders.
  • Instructs donors about the fertility medications that will be taken during the cycle and explains what is involved in an egg donation cycle, informed consents, and medical procedures.
  • Physcological screening includes written personality assement and one-on-one visit with a physcologist familiar with the egg donation process.

 

Genetic counseling services include:

  • Evaluation, assessment, and screening for common diseases
  • Evaluation, assessment, and screening for likelihood of ethnic based diseases
  • Patient Counseling

 

All patients in the RSC egg donor program attend a one hour consultation with a psychotherapist. The consultation session provides you with an opportunity to explore a variety of concerns, including:

  • Questions about parenting a child not genetically related to you
  • Whether or how to discuss your decision with friends and family
  • If, what, 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.