Egg Donors

IVF New Jersey Egg Donors

how-to-become-an-egg-donor-video-new-jerseyThank you for your interest in the egg donation program at IVF New Jersey. We look forward to working with you. In order to be an egg donor at IVF New Jersey you must be a healthy woman between the ages of 21-31 who is drug and nicotine free.

Why IVF New Jersey?

  • Experience and Success. IVF New Jersey has performed over 2000 egg donation procedures since 1992. We routinely have the highest success rates on the East Coast for Egg Donation cycles. Please click here for those statistics.
  • Personalized Service. IVF New Jersey has 4 clinical coordinators dedicated to making your experience as efficient, comfortable and successful as possible. You will be assigned a personal coordinator for each cycle.
  • Dr. Helane Rosenberg, Matching Coordinator, has worked with IVF NJ since 1990.  She 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.
  • Convenience. We place a high value on donor’s time and other commitments. We have 4 convenient locations in New Jersey to make your egg donation experience as convenient as possible.

Please click here to watch an informative video about being an egg donor at IVF New Jersey.

Here is a basic summary of steps involved in egg donation:

  • Complete Egg Donor Application. Click here to proceed to application.
  • You will then be asked to have blood work and a vaginal ultrasound on Day 2, 3 or 4 (Monday-Friday from 7-9:30 am) at any of our 4 office locations in Somerset, Hamilton, Freehold or Short Hills.
  • After review of those results you will be contacted to have a phone consultation with the genetic counselor and to schedule your full screening appointment.
  • After your screening is complete we will attempt to match you with a recipient.
  • It takes approximately 6-8 weeks from when you are matched to complete an egg donation cycle.
  • Before the cycle begins you will be required to have an injection teaching. During the cycle you will be coming in for multiple early morning appointments for blood work and vaginal ultrasounds and taking injections for approximately 2 weeks.
  • When you are cycling you are required to refrain from cigarettes, alcohol, recreational drugs, exercise and intercourse. While on medications you may experience cramping, bloating and weight gain which are temporary side effects of the medication.
  • On the day of the egg retrieval you will need the entire day off from work or school and will need to have an adult escort with you who can remain with you for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Please feel free to contact the Egg Donation Team by email or by calling 732-220-9060 x694 or via email at donorteam@ivfnj.com to find out more about our program and how you can help to make a couple’s little miracle come true.

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What is Egg Donation?

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 donors are 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. In these instances using donor eggs from a young, healthy donor can be used to greatly enhance their ability to become pregnant. Our recipients are quite diverse and you could be donating to married couples, unmarried couples, gay or lesbian couples, or single men or women. You may also be donating to a patient who due to uterine or medical problems needs to use a gestational carrier to carry the pregnancy for them. All the potential recipients are ready and able to start a family and need your help in order to achieve that. All of our recipients are medically and psychologically evaluated to ensure that they are healthy and able to provide a stable environment for a child or children.

Egg Donor Requirements

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. Due to the complexity of the egg donation process you must also have time in your schedule to accommodate several early morning visits during a two-week period and be able to take off from work or school for at least a day for the egg retrieval. Donors will be having daily blood work and vaginal ultrasounds performed during this time by one of our physicians who are either male or female. Male physicians will always have a female chaperone present during exams or ultrasounds. Donors need to be prepared to take subcutaneous (into the fatty tissue) injections for a two-week period. These injections are given in the abdomen or thigh with a small needle and are virtually painless. At the conclusion of the cycle donors will have an outpatient, same day surgical procedure to retrieve the eggs in our Somerset office location. This requires placement of an IV for fluids and anesthesia. The procedure generally lasts less than 30 minutes during which donors are asleep and comfortable and they can usually be discharged within 2 hours of the procedure. They will need an adult escort to stay with them for up to 24 hours after the procedure.

The Application Process

The first step to become an egg donor at Freehold, Hamilton, Short Hills or Somerset practices is to complete an online application. The application includes information on your physical characteristics, medical history and personal information. This information is critical to determining if the egg donation process is safe for you, whether you are a suitable egg donor and will also be used to match you with a potential recipient. It is critical that you provide detailed information regarding your family’s medical history and you may need to consult other family members to accurately complete the application.

Day 3 Blood Work and Ultrasound

You will also be asked to return to one of our 4 office locations in Freehold, Hamilton, Short Hills or Somerset on Day 2, 3 or 4 of your period Monday-Friday from 7-9:30 am for hormone testing and a vaginal ultrasound. This testing is to determine whether you would be a suitable candidate for egg donation.

Genetic Evaluation

Shortly after coming in for blood work and an ultrasound a member of the Donor Team will contact you to schedule a telephone appointment with a genetic counselor. This appointment lasts approximately 15 minutes. You will need to have detailed information on your family’s health history in order to provide the genetic counselor with the information required.

Donor Exam

After the Donor Team receives the final report from the genetic counselor you will be contacted to schedule a Donor Exam in our Somerset office location. This exam can last up to 4 hours and includes:

  • Psychological Evaluation- You will take a standardized psychological personality test and meet with a psychologist to review the egg donation process in detail and confirm that you are willing and able to complete the donation process.
  • Medical Evaluation- You will have blood work for genetic and infectious diseases as well as general well being blood work. You will also have a physical exam performed.
  • Consultation- You will meet with a coordinator who will review the medical aspects of egg donation in detail and answer all of your questions.

Matching Process

Once you are matched we will formulate a schedule that works for both you and the recipient you are matched to. You will receive a schedule via email and will schedule an injection teaching and schedule review before starting any medications. Your infectious disease testing will also be updated at this visit. You will generally take the birth control for several weeks, repeat blood work and an ultrasound and then start on stimulating medications. The stimulating medications are hormone injections given daily subcutaneously (into the fatty tissue) in the abdomen or thigh to stimulate ovaries to produce more eggs than your body produces naturally. You will be on the stimulating medication for approximately 10 days during which time you will be coming into one of our offices close to daily for blood work and an ultrasound. These appointments are Monday-Friday from 7-9:30 am in all our offices and Saturday and Sunday from 8-9:30 am in our Somerset office only. Once your hormone levels and the size of your follicles (egg sacs) are appropriate for retrieval you will stop the stimulating medications and take an injection to trigger you to ovulate and the retrieval will be scheduled.

The Stimulation Cycle

Once you are matched we will formulate a schedule that works for both you and the recipient you are matched to. You will receive a schedule via email and will schedule an injection teaching and schedule review before starting any medications. Your infectious disease testing will also be updated at this visit. You will generally take the birth control for several weeks, repeat blood work and an ultrasound and then start on stimulating medications.

The stimulating medications are hormone injections given daily subcutaneously (into the fatty tissue) in the abdomen or thigh to stimulate ovaries to produce more eggs than your body produces naturally. You will be on the stimulating medication for approximately 10 days during which time you will be coming into one of our offices close to daily for blood work and an ultrasound. These appointments are Monday-Friday from 7-9:30 am in all our offices and Saturday and Sunday from 8-9:30 am in our Somerset office only. Once your hormone levels and the size of your follicles (egg sacs) are appropriate for retrieval you will stop the stimulating medications and take an injection to trigger you to ovulate and the retrieval will be scheduled.

The Retrieval

The retrieval is an outpatient, same day surgical procedure to retrieve the eggs. This requires placement of an IV for fluids and anesthesia. The procedure generally lasts less than 30 minutes during which donors are asleep and comfortable. During the retrieval, an ultrasound probe is introduced into the vagina and an aspirating needle is used to retrieve the mature eggs from the follicles. These mature eggs are then placed in a culture dish in preparation for fertilization with the sperm source. Donors are usually discharged within 2 hours of the procedure and will need an adult escort after the procedure.

Post Operative Follow Up

It is common to have some abdominal cramping or spotting after the retrieval. Our staff is available around the clock to ensure that your post operative needs are met directly following the procedure as well as on an ongoing basis following the procedure. You will get a phone call the morning following the procedure to check on your status. We also ask egg donors to return for a post operative visit one week after their procedure to evaluate them medically and get feedback on their egg donation experience.

Agency Donors

While most of our donors are in-house anonymous donors we do often work with donors from outside agencies. If you are working with an agency and your recipient is a patient of IVF New Jersey the information below will be helpful to you.

We would like to take this opportunity to share the requirements for a donor in our program. Initially, we will need to review your agency profile and medical information. We will also need you to complete our donor application. After we review these records, a clinical coordinator will contact your agency and provide instructions for you to have blood work & ultrasound performed locally on Day 3 of your period. Assuming your results are within our expected ranges, your agency will again receive a call from a coordinator advising of the need to then schedule a genetic counseling appointment which can be done over the phone and then a complete donor exam in our Somerset, NJ office. Your agency will be responsible for ensuring all necessary travel arrangements have been made. The appointment for the donor exam will consist of a complete physical exam, blood testing and vaginal cultures, and an orientation with a clinical coordinator. You will also be required to meet with our mental health professional, Judy Kottick, for a donor psychological exam. You should plan to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete additional paperwork. You can expect this appointment to last approximately 4 hours.

After you have been approved by our medical staff, a clinical coordinator will instruct you to call our office on your next cycle day 1 so that you can repeat blood testing as well as a vaginal ultrasound on Day 2, 3, or 4 of your period. Again, an order will be faxed to your agency for scheduling purposes. You will then be instructed to begin birth control pills so that your cycle can be coordinated with your recipient. A full cycle schedule will be reviewed with you, all necessary medications will be delivered to your home address, and you will receive an email confirmation with the schedule.

Upon initiation of the cycle, there will be other necessary blood work and/or ultrasounds to be performed. These could include a pregnancy test, baseline hormone levels and vaginal ultrasound. Once the stimulation medications have begun, you may have your first estradiol level drawn at a local monitoring facility, but the lab must provide STAT (same day) results. Approximately four days after beginning stimulation medications, you will be required to travel to our offices for the remainder of your cycle. All remaining ultrasound and lab testing is required to be completed by our physicians and on-site lab. Your agency will be responsible for making all transportation and accommodation arrangements.

You should anticipate being in New Jersey for at least one full week. On the day of the egg retrieval procedure, you will not be allowed to leave our office alone and cannot operate a vehicle. We also require that you have an adult escort who will remain with you for at least 6 hours after you have been discharged from our office. For your health and safety, we will not permit you to travel home by air until the following day.

If you live in New York City we have a monitoring facility there that we can arrange for you to do your blood work and ultrasounds before the day of your procedure. In that case you will only be required to travel to Somerset, NJ for the Donor Exam, any weekedn visits and the actual egg retrieval.

The above guidelines and requirements have been designed by the egg donor team to ensure the most optimal outcomes for our donors and recipients. We look forward to developing an ongoing, mutually beneficial relationship with you and your agency. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have.

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