The staff of FSMG are very proud of our Third Party Reproduction program. We are one of the few local fertility centers with its own on-site egg donor program. Since 2003, with the advances in blastocyst culture and pre-implantation genetic screening, Dr. Arlene Morales and Dr. Wendy Shelly have delivered outcomes that are some of the best in the country.
Who would benefit from egg donation?
Women who are no longer able to use their own eggs due to:
- loss of ovaries or ovarian function due to illness or injury
- carriers of a genetic abnormality
In the egg donation process, eggs are retrieved from a donor’s ovaries, fertilized in the laboratory with the sperm of the recipient’s partner or donor sperm, and then the resulting embryo(s) are transferred into the recipient’s prepared uterus. Any embryos remaining after transfer can be cryopreserved for use in the future.
We offer both known and anonymous egg donation.
A known egg donor is usually a close friend or family member who is willing to donate their eggs. If you elect to use a known donor, our physicians will screen your donor to ensure that they are a good candidate for egg donation.
If you choose to use an anonymous egg donor, you may select a donor through an egg donor agency or use one of our in-house donors. We recruit a diverse group of donors from all ethnic backgrounds. Donor candidates are typically between 19 and 28 years old. They undergo extensive physical, genetic and psychological screening before they are accepted into the program. The screening process carefully follows guidelines that have been set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you choose an anonymous donor, you will be provided with a detailed medical history of both the donor and her family, along with a thorough description of her physical characteristics. You will also have access to her genetic counseling information. Throughout the process, confidentiality and anonymity will be maintained—donors and recipients will not meet.
Introduction to Egg Donation
Egg donation was started in 1984 as an alternative to using a woman’s own eggs. Out of respect for a couple’s/individual’s privacy, egg donation has not received the attention it deserves as the most effective way to overcome age-related infertility. Over the last ten years, FSMG and our egg donors have helped hundreds of couples achieve their dreams.
The use of IVF with donor eggs overcomes most of the natural barriers to conception and live birth—barriers such as problems with ovulation, fertilization and egg quality (including chromosomal abnormalities). See our website Fertility In Your 30s for more information.