Egg donation, also referred to as ovum or oocyte donation, is a fertility treatment option for couples and individuals in which an egg donor donates her eggs to enable another woman to become pregnant. The egg recipient may be the female patient or a gestational surrogate. Egg donation may be an option when female infertility factors such as advanced reproductive age, reproductive medical conditions, or maternal genetic abnormalities are present. Egg donation is also a treatment option for same-sex male couples and single men.
Our Egg Donation Program
RMA of New York at CareMount offers patients an experienced, knowledgeable egg donation staff. We have matched countless qualified egg donors with intended parents to create happy families.
Egg Donation Success Rates
RMA of New York is recognized as one of the country’s leading fertility practices with top success rates that match patient satisfaction year after year. Through CareMount, patients can expect the same experienced professional care and attention that drives our success rates across egg donation, IVF, and more. In addition to achieving high pregnancy success rates, we strive to provide our patients with compassionate care throughout their fertility journey.
How do I find an egg donor?
Our facility is partnered with Donor Egg Bank USA which provides recipients with the opportunity to use eggs from pre-screened donors. These eggs have been retrieved and frozen and are immediately available for shipping to our clinic where they can be thawed, fertilized, and transferred to your uterus.
Anonymous or unknown egg donors are those that are chosen from our facility’s Egg Donation Program. Our program selects only the most qualified donors, who go through a rigorous screening process. The donor’s identity is not revealed to the recipient(s), but you will have access to information about the donor via a donor profile, which may include baby photos.
A known or directed egg donor is typically a close friend or family member of the recipient(s) who agrees to donate her eggs. If a known donor is used, RMA of New York at CareMount will assist with all medical needs to complete the donation process.
Our facility only works with licensed egg donor agencies in the state of New York. If this type of egg donor is selected, our team will coordinate with your agency of choice.
Shared Cycle versus Non-Shared Cycle
In a non-shared cycle, all of a donor’s eggs are donated to a single recipient. In a shared cycle, the donor’s eggs can be shared between two recipients. The main benefit of a shared cycle is that it lowers the overall costs for both recipients. If you are interested in learning more about a shared vs. non-shared cycle, please connect with our Egg Donation team.
Egg Donor Information
Our facility carefully screens egg donor candidates to ensure that they are a good fit for a donation cycle. Egg donors are between the ages of 21 and 33, in good health, and are screened for genetic or sexually transmitted diseases. Donors are interviewed and screened by our team so that they are prepared for donation, understand the donation process, and understand their role as a donor. We work with a diverse range of egg donors from many racial and ethnic backgrounds, including:
- American Indian / Alaskan Native egg donors
- Asian egg donors
- Bi-racial / multi-racial egg donors
- Black / African American egg donors
- Caucasian / White egg donors
- Hispanic / Latino egg donors
- Indian egg donors
- Jewish egg donors
- Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander egg donors
Egg Donation Preparation
Prospective egg donors are screened prior to their acceptance into our program as an egg donor. Those interested in becoming an egg donor will first complete an online donor application. Those whose applications pass our requirements are asked to visit our facility for medical testing and a psychological evaluation. Next, those who pass our screening process and are deemed eligible to donate are entered into our donor pool. If matched with a recipient, they will be contacted by our team to begin the donation process, which will include the synchronization of the donor’s and recipient’s menstrual cycles, as well as the administration of hormone medication injections. These injections will prompt the donor’s ovaries to produce more eggs than usual, similar to a regular IVF cycle.
The recipient takes estrogen and progesterone hormones to prepare the uterus for embryo transfer and implantation. Estrogen is normally taken orally or via transdermal patches, while progesterone is taken as an injection. Within 8 days after embryo transfer, we will draw a blood test to determine whether you are pregnant.
The Emotional Aspects of Egg Donation
Knowing that conception is not possible without the help of an egg donor can be a difficult reality to adjust to. There are several decisions that parents who have used an egg donor will need to make in the years that follow a successful donation cycle and pregnancy, such as:
“Should we tell our child?”
“If we tell our child, at what age is it appropriate to share this information?”
“Should we tell our family and friends? If so, how do we initiate the conversation?”
If you’re experiencing any emotional discomfort during the egg donation process, our Wellness Team can help. Our team has helped countless individuals and couples navigate the emotional and practical aspects of conception using third-party reproduction.
Choosing RMA of New York at CareMount for Egg Donation
Since 2001, RMA of New York has successfully facilitated the births of thousands of healthy babies for patients across the New York City metro area and beyond. By combining RMA of New York’s world-renowned expertise in reproductive care with CareMount’s long-standing commitment to delivering local exceptional care, we’re able to offer that same personalized, state-of-the-art fertility care right in your Hudson Valley neighborhood. We provide the expertise, technology, research, resources, and compassion needed to help ensure your future family is in the best of hands. No matter the path needed to complete your family-building goals, you can count on our team to be in your corner every step of the way.
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