Under a variety of circumstances a woman may be unable to produce her own eggs for a successful ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) cycle. She may be anovulatory and/or not respond well to the stimulant medication, be suffering from POF (Premature Ovarian Failure), have lost her ovarian function through medical treatment or surgery, or have failed several ART cycles due to poor egg quality. Sometimes the problem is genetic in origin where a woman carries a disease or chromosomal defect that will be passed on to her children. In all of these cases a woman can have her wish of pregnancy and a child fulfilled through egg donation.
A donor will be selected for you based on the parameters YOU choose. Information about potential donors will be presented to you (along with their picture) after you meet to discuss your needs with our coordinator and you will make the final selection. In an egg donation procedure the donor's eggs are fertilized with the husband's sperm. If the husband is unable to produce sperm even through TESA, or if the patient is single we also offer the option of sperm donors. All of our sperm donation specimens are obtained from our highly qualified and well-respected sperm bank.
The egg donor goes through ovulation induction and egg retrieval similar to any ART procedure. Please see IVF, GIFT, ZIFT, or TET for more information. The recipient's cycle will be synchronized to match that of her donor. Her experience will be similar to that of a FET cycle. The potential for success through a donor egg cycle is quite good for women of all ages as the reproductive odds match that of the donor, not the recipient. As long as a woman has a normal uterus and is healthy she will most likely be able to conceive through egg donation.
The cost of a donor egg cycle at IVF Michigan is very competitive. We also offer the option of a shared cycle where a donor's eggs will be divided between several recipients to lower the cost for each recipient. If you do not wish to share a cycle you will have the option of cryopreservation of any additional embryos which may be used for future attempts at pregnancy through a FET. Please contact our office for more information about our donor egg program.