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Egg Donation in the Greater Houston Area and Beaumont
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor eggs is designed for women who can no longer use their own eggs as the result of advanced maternal age, autoimmune disease, chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical removal of the ovaries. It may also be appropriate for women who carry a genetic disease that they do not wish to pass on to their children or women whose chances of conception with other fertility treatments are significantly low. Our egg donation program, serving the greater Houston metropolitan area, matches infertile couples with egg donor candidates.
Egg Donation - Recipients
Donor egg programs have made it possible for a couple to have a child that, many times, holds half of their genetic fingerprint, and it also allows the woman to carry the pregnancy herself. Many times it is seen as an alternative to adoption.
There are several reasons why a woman would seek to have donor eggs, including:
- Premature ovarian failure
- Poor quality eggs
- Diminished quantity of eggs
- Advanced reproductive age
- Genetic abnormalities
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatment
At Houston Fertility Institute we have an egg donor program that caters to a variety of ethnicities. To view our online donor book you must first request access by completing the patient registration on www.hfidonor.com
Egg Donation Cycles from a Recipient's Viewpoint
To begin the process, the patient (recipient) selects a donor . This can be a family member, friend, or an anonymous volunteer who has been screened by our staff. Then, the egg donation process begins whereby the donor produces and donates eggs to the recipient. The eggs are then fertilized and the resulting embryos are placed in the uterus of the recipient to continue normal fetal development.
The egg donor uses fertility drugs to stimulate the development of multiple eggs, and the recipient takes estrogen and progesterone to prepare the uterus for embryos to be implanted. Many recipient couples receive a large number of embryos through egg donation, which then allows for freezing and the possibility of future use.
At Houston Fertility Institute, we have a very successful donor egg program. Our IVF pregnancy rate with donor egg has consistently been 65% - 75% per treatment cycle.
Egg Donation - To Be a Donor
Egg donors have the ability to change an infertile couple’s lives by assisting them in becoming parents through compassionate donation of their eggs. In many testimonials, donors are referred to as anonymous angels. A donor will be monetarily compensated for their time and efforts in this process but many say this is the least of their rewards.
Who Can Be an Egg Donor?
Any woman in good health, between the ages of 20 and 29, may volunteer at one of our Texas offices to be an anonymous egg donor. An egg donor may remain in the program until the age of 31.
Egg donors are monitored throughout the stimulation phase via blood tests and ultrasound examinations to determine how well the medication is working. These tests typically require a minimum of four morning office visits. Once it is determined that the eggs are mature, they are collected during a minor 20-minute procedure. Egg donors can return to work or school the following day knowing they have given a couple the joy of having a child!
At Houston Fertility Institute, egg donor candidates are not expected to pay for the medical and psychological screening tests, medications, or procedures involved with the egg donation cycle. Each egg donor will receive financial compensation for the time and effort they put into donating their eggs.
What to Expect as an Egg Donor
- We will make the experience as easy and comfortable as possible.
- You will receive individual attention from our egg donation team at one of our eight Texas offices, in Houston, The Woodlands, Willowbrook, Tomball, Katy, Sugar Land, Medical Center, and Clear Lake.
- Your identity will never be revealed to the recipient couple nor will you know who they are.
- Participating at one of our Houston, Texas area offices as an egg donor has no long-term health risks and there are no adverse effects on your future fertility.
The Egg Donation Process
The following steps outline the egg donation process at our Texas offices:
To apply to be an egg donor, please visit www.hfidonor.com and click on donor application. The application asks questions that help describe who you are as a person as well as your medical, social, and family history.
On the HFI donor website, you will find the Guide to Egg Donation. Please be sure to download and read this guide prior to completing the application. It is important to complete every question and submit your pictures during your initial application submission. You will not be able to save and resume an incomplete application.
Matching Egg Donors and Recipients
Once you are notified of your qualification, your final questionnaire and photos are placed on our donor website for recipients to review while selecting their egg donor.
Once selected by a recipient, we require all egg donor candidates to see a psychologist. This is part of our strategy to ensure your long-term psychological health. The interview will focus on the many complex moral, ethical, and psychosocial issues that confront egg donors. Our psychologist will help you explore many issues so you will feel confident in your choice to participate in the egg donation program at Houston Fertility Institute.
Medical Examination and Blood Tests
The final step in the egg donation process includes a medical examination and blood tests. During this examination, you will meet with a Houston Fertility Institute physician for a physical exam and a cervical culture (which tests for potential sexually transmitted diseases). You will also have blood drawn to test for HIV and hepatitis. If indicated, your spouse may also be tested for HIV and hepatitis.
The final step in the egg donation process includes a medical examination and blood tests. During this examination, you will meet with a Houston Fertility Institute physician for a physical exam, ultrasound, and bloodwork. You will also have blood drawn to test for HIV and hepatitis. If indicated, your spouse may also be tested for HIV and hepatitis. Your bloodwork will also be screened for other sexually transmitted diseases and genetic tests.
Egg Donation Cycle
Once the egg donor has completed all screenings and been successfully matched with a recipient, the medical staff at one of our Texas offices will initiate the egg donation cycle.
Egg Donation Checklist
- Complete the online application.
- Submit good quality photos that best display your features. (You may crop or enlarge as needed). Pictures should not include other people.
- In you are eligible, our egg donor coordinator will contact you once the questionnaire and photos have been received to continue with the final steps of the application process.
- Your photos and completed egg donation questionnaire will be placed on our donor website. We will contact you once a recipient has chosen you to be her egg donor.
More Information for Houston, Texas Area Egg Donor Candidates
If you have any questions about our egg donation program serving The Woodlands, Houston, and surrounding Texas communities, contact our egg donor coordinator today.