Donor Egg IVF

Your Cycle, Step-By-Step

We understand that most donor egg recipients are eager to start treatment. Whether you choose fresh or frozen donor eggs, GIVF works hard to eliminate delays and administrative barriers so you can proceed with treatment as soon as possible.

The time from initial consultation to the start of treatment may vary based on pre-cycle testing requirements, compatibility with the donor's schedule, and other logistical or medical factors. The medications involved in the recipient's treatment are minimal and most cycles only require a few monitoring appointments. Patients who have undergone traditional IVF in the past typically find that Donor Egg IVF is a far easier treatment.

Below is an example of a typical treatment process for Donor Egg IVF recipients:

1

Schedule an initial consultation with one of our board certified reproductive endocrinologists (infertility specialists). Depending on your preference and insurance coverage, this can be conducted in-person or by phone. Your physician will review your medical history and order appropriate "pre-cycle" testing at that time.

2

Following your consultation, you will meet your donor egg coordinator. Working in conjunction with your physician, your donor egg coordinator will assist you with the donor selection process, but the choice of an egg donor is always up to you. Your coordinator will also work with you throughout the entire Donor Egg IVF treatment process, including egg donor selection, cycle coordination, and embryo transfer.

3

Next, you will begin your pre-cycle testing. These tests often include a uterine evaluation, hormone testing, infectious disease testing, and semen analysis. Additional tests may be required depending on your specific circumstances

4

Choose between a fresh donor egg cycle and a frozen donor egg cycle

Fresh
Frozen
 
5 Select one or more possible egg donors from fresh cycle donor database

If your choice of donor is not immediately available, add your name to her waiting list. It is possible (and recommended) to be on more than one waiting list at a time. Typical wait time is about 2 months, though can be 1-4 months.

 
 
6

Schedule a follow-up consultation with your physician to review your pre-cycle test results. Your physician will recommend a treatment plan at this time. (i.e. what medications and dosages you will need to take to prepare your uterus for the embryo transfer)

 
6

Schedule a follow-up consultation with your physician to review your pre-cycle test results. Your physician will recommend a treatment plan at this time. (i.e. what medications and dosages you will need to take to prepare your uterus for the embryo transfer)

 
7

The donor match is finalized when the pre-cycle testing and physician follow-up are completed, your selected egg donor is available, and you decide you are ready to start a Donor Egg IVF cycle.

 
7

Advise your donor coordinator of your preferred timeline and she will provide you with your "calendar", a detailed set of instructions about what medications to take, how much to take, and when to return for blood work and sonogram testing called "monitoring".

 
8

Based on your menstrual cycle, your egg donor's menstrual cycle, and any schedule conflicts, your coordinator will provide you with your "calendar." The calendar is a list of dates and instructions for medications, as well as a schedule for blood work and sonogram testing (monitoring) to review your response to the medications.

 
8

Return as instructed for monitoring over a period of approximately two weeks. Your medication dosages may be adjusted based on your response.

 
9

The cycle is initiated after the "baseline" monitoring results show that both parties are ready to begin medication.

 
9

When the lining of your uterus (called the endometrium) is optimal, embryo transfer is planned.

 
10

Egg retrieval takes place approximately 10-14 days after cycle initiation. If applicable, recipient partner provides a sperm specimen on this day. The eggs are fertilized the same day.

 
10

On the day the eggs are warmed, recipient husband/partner (if applicable) comes to GIVF to collect a sperm specimen and the eggs are fertilized later that day. The embryo transfer occurs 3-5 days after fertilization.

 
11

Embryo transfer will happen 3-5 days later, and a pregnancy test will be done 9-11 days after embryo transfer.

 
11

Pregnancy test is 14 days after fertilization.

Once your pregnancy is established, there is nothing that distinguishes a Donor Egg IVF pregnancy from any other. Your body simply takes over! Pregnancy, delivery, and lactation all go on in the natural way. The pregnancy begins in your uterus while still microscopic, weeks before his/her heart beats for the very first time.


(Eggs)

(5 day old embryo "blastocyst")

(fetus)