Using An
Egg Donor

IRMS Egg Donor Program

The IRMS Egg Donor Program allows individuals and couples the opportunity to have the family they desire. We maintain a large on-site Donor Program within our Third-Party Reproduction Team and offer several options to select the donor you desire.

When Using An Egg Donor

Egg donation can be an appropriate option for women who are unable to produce viable eggs or who have chromosomal defects that make natural conception dangerous or undesirable. The underlying problem may include premature ovarian failure or the loss of ovarian function due to surgery or chemotherapy used in cancer treatment. Some women do not effectively respond to medication or have poor egg quality due to age or diminished ovarian reserve. Women with these or other fertility problems are often excellent candidates for egg donation. Egg donation is also required for same-sex male couples looking to use a gestational carrier.

How To Find An Egg Donor?

IRMS Egg Donors

IRMS maintains a consistently updated pool of IRMS-recruited, anonymous egg donors.

IRMS egg donors are between the ages of 21 and 31 and are of all ethnic backgrounds. Each undergoes comprehensive medical and psychological screening before acceptance into our IRMS Donor Egg Program.

Following ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) guidelines, IRMS donors can donate to a maximum of 6 times in their reproductive life. To maintain privacy and confidentiality, egg donors and recipients do not meet. However, recipients can be provided access to the secure donor gallery to review pictures. With the guidance of our psychologist, Dr. Claudia Pascale, recipients’ questions and concerns will be addressed.

In conjunction with Dr. Pascale and the OD Team, recipients will choose their donor from the donor gallery, the donor’s 18-page application and information provided by the team. The majority of our IRMS donors have agreed to show both childhood and adult pictures.

My Egg Bank Donors

IRMS is partnered with My Egg Bank, a frozen donor egg bank based in Atlanta, Georgia to provide Intended Parents another option to find the donor they desire. Recent advances in egg freezing technology now make it possible to recruit, screen, stimulate a donor’s ovaries and freeze their eggs for future use. What this means to eligible Intended Parents is they have the opportunity to access donor eggs of all ethnicities, to review multiple donor profiles and to choose a donor rather than being matched to one. The process can start as soon as the eligible recipient’s screening and eligibility criteria are met. The cycle can start as soon as the eggs are shipped to IRMS and the recipient is ready to start. Most importantly, the reported clinical pregnancy rates are comparable to the rates when using fresh donor eggs.

Known Egg Donor

On occasion, a recipient feels comfortable knowing their donor and as such may ask to have a known candidate evaluated for consideration of their donor status. This evaluation consists of the same process in which we evaluate any other donor candidate: the medical exam with ultrasound and blood work, psychological evaluation with testing and a nursing orientation. Different from the confidential donor evaluation, in the known donor evaluation, the process is geared towards learning and understanding all the additional social issues involved. In addition to the above, known donor arrangements require the donor’s partner to come in for a meeting with the psychologist as well as a meeting with all parties to discuss individual understandings and expectations. We believe that discussing the issues involved with known donation with an outside party will ensure the integrity of the existing relationships, even when siblings are involved.

A legal agreement between all parties with legal representation for both parties is required in a known arrangement. Because of the specialized and specific nature of this agreement, IRMS recommends parties enlist the services of Reproductive Attorneys. Referrals can be made upon request.

Agency Egg Donors

At IRMS we work with several fully vetted Donor Egg Agencies. We recommend you take the following important information into account when working with an agency to find your donor.

  • All agencies have different policies and may differ in cost so it is important to do your research with any agency you are considering.
  • Most agencies do not have medical professionals working for them so they cannot answer any medically related questions.
  • Most agencies do not have their donors psychologically screened prior to being placed in their database. This is an important point to clarify when looking to work with an agency. Psychological screening must be done properly to be valid and IRMS does not accept psychological screening done outside our institution.
  • If a donor has donated previously, it is helpful for us to get the relevant embryology information from their previous cycle(s). Previous records may be reviewed by our staff, but will not be accepted as a substitute for our screening process.
  • We feel that our stringent screening process is an important component of our successful pregnancy rates. While our procedures may at times seem lengthy, they have been developed with your safety and success in mind.
  • The agency is there to assist you with the donor’s travel arrangements, as well as the scheduling of her initial appointment at IRMS.

Once you have selected a donor from an agency the donor must come to IRMS and:

  1. Meet our physician, nurse, and psychologist.
  2. Have her day 3 labs drawn (FSH, LH, E2) prior to cycle start
  3. We will not order any testing upon the donor until she is seen by an IRMS physician.
  4. Have all of her screening done at IRMS. It should take 3-4 weeks for all results to come back and to be reviewed by the medical staff (abnormal labs may require longer for follow up and resolution).
  5. Sign consents
  6. IRMS is in charge of all synchronization and medical care for your donor, once she has been seen by our staff.
  7. During the cycle the donor may be seen by an outside office for blood work and ultrasounds only; they will not dictate the medical plan.
  8. Typical rejection rates for donors obtained via the agencies listed are around 10%.
  9. All couples using agency donors, or using known donors, must execute a legal agreement between themselves and the donor with separate legal representation for both parties. IRMS can assist with referrals to lawyers with experience in reproductive law. We are not party to the agreement but require documentation that the agreement has been executed appropriately.
  • We will not synchronize you with your donor until all of your screening, as well as, the donor’s screening, has been completed, received in our office and reviewed by the Donor Team.
  • You must be financially cleared by our finance department before we will synchronize you with your donor.
  • Make sure your medical checklist is completed to avoid delays in cycling.
  • A member of our Donor Team will order your donor medications and dispense the medications to your donor before the cycle starts.