Selecting a Donor
Choosing a donor is a very serious process. We will help you to find a donor that is right for you. Your egg donor can be someone you know, such as a sister, friend or relative or it can be someone you choose anonymously from RSC’s donor registry. If you are unable to find a suitable donor on our database we can provide you with donor Agency referrals.
RSC is proud of their donor registry. All of our program donors are pre-screened and ready to go into cycle once they are chosen. Known or Agency donors may require 45-60 days to complete screening.
All donors are screened for:
- Age 20-31
- Comprehensive medical history and physical exam to rule out any possible medical conditions that would prevent them from being able to donate.
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) bloodtest to evaluate ovarian reserve (FSH / E2)
- Blood type, blood count
- Drug Screen
- Consultation with Genetic Counselor
- Psychological Assessment
- Infectious disease screening
- Genetic Disease Testing for over 100 diseases
- Additional genetic testing as indicated
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The cost of using an egg donor can vary depending on how and where you find your donor.
Our financial counselors can provide you with information about cycle costs and financing options.
RSC program donors receive compensation for their time. Effective December 15, 2017, compensation is $9,500.
How to prepare for an IVF cycle using a donor
Once you complete a consultative visit with one of our physicians they will develop a treatment plan specialized to your particular needs. We require recipients to complete a series of pre-screening tests that include, but are not limited to, the following.
Male Testing includes:
- Infectious Disease Screening
- Semen analysis
- Blood count and hemoglobin testing for certain blood disorders such as thalasscemia
Female Testing includes:
- Blood type
- Blood count
- Other screening blood tests as ordered by your physician
- Infectious Disease Screening
- Test Cycle
- Saline Sonogram
- Uterine sounding
- Pap Smear
- MD clearance note (over 45yrs old)
- Cardiac Stress Test (over 45 yrs old)
Both partners are required to attend a session with a psychologist. RSC will provide you with a list of counselors to choose from and then ask that you schedule an appointment session with that counselor.
What happens next?
Once you have chosen a donor and your precycle testing is complete, you and your donor will start birth control pills to coordinate your cycles.
Your Nurse Case Manager will provide you and your donor with a schedule containing your appointments and medication and cycle instructions. Recipients have approximately 3 appointments for blood tests and/or ultrasounds where donors will have 6 or more. As your cycle progresses your medication dose may be adjusted. You will receive instructions after each appointment informing you how to proceed.
Cycles take approximately 5 weeks to complete from start to embryo transfer.
Your donor will be instructed to take her “trigger-shot” 36 hours prior to the egg retrieval. You will receive additional medication instructions, and your partner will be given a time to come in to provide a semen sample on the day of the retrieval, unless a sample has previously been cryopreserved.
The day of the donor’s retrieval you will be informed how many eggs were retrieved. The day after your retrieval you will be informed how many eggs fertilized and number of embryos. The embryo transfer will take place 3 or 5 days after the retrieval. This is decided by your physician. A blood pregnancy test is done 14 days after the retrieval. If your result is positive, you will come in approximately 2 weeks later for an ultrasound. If the pregnancy is progressing normally after 6-8 weeks, you will be released to begin obstetric care with your OB physician but will remain on medications for approximately 8-9 weeks post-transfer. If pregnancy does not occur, you will be asked to schedule a consultation with your physician at RSC.