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Hope and Life Through Egg and Embryo Donation

July 20th, 2017 by Brown Fertility

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Women with diminished ovarian reserve, poor egg quality, advanced maternal age, genetic concerns or premature ovarian failure are encouraged to explore the options of our egg and embryo donation programs when trying to conceive.

Egg Donation Program at Brown Fertility

Egg donation, also known as ovum or oocyte donation, is a fertility treatment option for women whose eggs are unable to achieve a successful pregnancy due to advanced reproductive age, genetic abnormalities, previous surgeries and/or other conditions. Brown Fertility’s respected and experienced Egg Donation Team is known for its focus and success in matching the highest quality donors with recipients, while providing compassionate care throughout the matching and treatment process. Thanks to our team, hundreds of individuals and couples have built their families using donor eggs.

The donors we recruit are healthy women between the ages of 18 and 34 with no known genetic or sexually transmitted diseases. By having an onsite donor program, recipients can avoid the costs associated with using a donor agency.  The process begins with potential donors submitting applications to our practice. The applicants are then contacted to complete an initial FDA screening, and if eligible, they will complete an extensive questionnaire, detailing individual family history, physical characteristics, and general interests.   Potential donors are then interviewed in person by our Third Party Nurse and one of our Reproductive Endocrinologists.  Those deemed eligible to donate are then screened to ensure a clean bill of health and are required to complete a psychological evaluation confirming they fully understand the donation process.  The potential donors are then entered into our password protected website and will be contacted to begin a cycle upon being chosen by the intended recipient.  We are proud to offer our recipients one of the largest selections of donors in the state of Florida from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Recipients select a donor with our Egg Donation Team and once matched, both the recipient and donor will begin their medication and treatment plan as prescribed by our physicians. The eggs retrieved from the donor will then be fertilized with the recipient partner’s sperm (or donor sperm) via in-vitro fertilization, using a technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The fertilized eggs (embryos) are then monitored and transferred to the recipient. Remaining quality embryos are cryopreserved and placed in storage.

While egg quality deteriorates with age, a woman’s uterus and her ability to carry and deliver a child remains relatively constant. Therefore, egg donation offers a substantially higher chance for the delivery of a healthy baby, even in women of advanced maternal age. Brown Fertility offers some of the highest success rates for donor cycles in the country.

Embryo Donation Program at Brown Fertility

Another option available to patients who require the use of donor egg and/or donor sperm is our Embryo Donation Program.  We invite these patients to explore our program as it is an opportunity for them to achieve the dream of conceiving a miracle at a significantly lower cost in comparison to the egg donation program.  The program consists of donated embryos from our previous patients who have gone through IVF and have completed their family, but have cryopreserved embryos that they have chosen to donate.  These embryos have been previously screened when the donating couple went through the IVF process.  Intended recipients are provided with demographic information from the donating couple including age, ethnicity, height, weight, hair and eye color, medical and family history.  As with our egg donation program, embryo donation is completely anonymous.  The donating couple will not be given the identity of the recipient couple and vice versa.  In addition, the recipient is required to complete a psychological evaluation just as is required for our egg donation program.  Once matched, the recipient will begin to prepare her body for the embryo transfer.

We Are Here to Help

Choosing to participate in Brown Fertility’s egg donation or embryo donation is a big decision, both emotionally and financially.  While these options may not be for everyone, they do provide much needed hope and opportunity to couples who otherwise are not able to conceive a child.  We encourage couples to schedule a consultation to discuss with one of our dedicated and knowledgeable team members.

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