Egg donation is a procedure where a fertile woman’s eggs are removed, fertilized with sperm, and then implanted into the infertile woman or a gestational carrier. Egg donation is needed for patients who either have no or few eggs, or who based on previous failed treatments have eggs that are of poor quality. Most commonly this is due to premature menopause, menopause or advanced maternal age. Egg donation is one of the most successful techniques for making infertile women pregnant.
Information for Egg Recipients
Egg recipients who are considering using donated eggs are those who either have no or few eggs, or who based on previous failed treatments have eggs that are of poor quality. Most commonly this is due to premature menopause, menopause or advanced maternal age. In these instances using donor eggs from a young, healthy donor can be used to greatly enhance their ability to become pregnant.
Information for Egg Donors
Egg donors at IVF New Jersey need to be women between the ages of 21 and 31 who are in good health and are drug and nicotine free. You will also need to pass genetic, psychological, medical, and drug screening in order to be accepted into the program.
Information for Single and Gay (LGBT) Patients
Every year, thousands of singles and gay and lesbian (LGBT) couples attempt fertility treatment in order to start a family. This process can require complex reproductive procedures and the involvement of multiple third-party agents like surrogacy agencies, donor egg agencies and sperm banks, and reproductive attorneys. At IVF New Jersey, we’ve streamlined the process to bring all the pieces together in order to make your journey toward building a family as easy and successful as possible.
Judith Kottick, LCSW, has been providing psychological services to IVF NJ since 2004. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College. Judith did her postgraduate training in psychotherapy and behavioral medicine at the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School and draws upon that training to provide a personalized approach to helping people cope with the challenges of fertility treatment, pregnancy, loss, adoption and parenting.
Dr. Helane Rosenberg, PhD, is the Matching Coordinator for the Egg Donor/Recipient Program and has been working with IVF New Jersey since the practice opened in 1990. In 1991, she and her husband, Dr. Yakov M. Epstein, were instrumental in helping IVF NJ to establish its groundbreaking egg donor program, and she has continued in her role as Matching Coordinator since then.
Dr. Rosenberg is passionately and personally committed to the Egg Donor-Recipient Program at IVF NJ, and with good reason. In 1992 she was the first successful egg recipient at IVF NJ and in the state of New Jersey. Her twins, Nathaniel and Allegra, were born in 1993. Inspired by her own joyful outcome, Dr. Rosenberg has matched almost 2,000 egg donor-recipient cycles, which have resulted in an exceptionally high live birth rate.
Dr. Rosenberg co-authored “Getting Pregnant When You Thought You Couldn’t” for Warner Books, now in its second edition and one of the best selling books on infertility. She is also an active writer for and speaker to numerous infertility associations including RESOLVE, the American Fertility Association, INCIID and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Her latest book, “A Good Egg”, about donors and recipients, will be published shortly.