Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Donor Oocyte Program?
The Donor Oocyte Program was established to help women who are unable to produce their own eggs (oocytes) to achieve a pregnancy. The donated eggs are fertilized with the sperm of the recipient’s husband and then transferred to the uterus of the recipient. The process is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) using eggs and sperm that fertilize in a laboratory dish. There have not been and should not be a legal problem with the parentage of these children since the birth mother is recognized as the legal mother.
How is a Donor Egg Cycle Done?
Donor egg cycles use the same technology we use for standard IVF (test tube baby). The egg donor undergoes ovulation induction with fertility enhancing medications. The eggs are retrieved by ultrasound guided aspiration. The embryos are replaced in the recipient’s uterus 2 days after the egg retrieval, with a small catheter. The recipient’s cycle is synchronized to that of the donor by using a combination of hormonal supplements. Once pregnant, the recipient is maintained on hormones throughout the first 3 months.
How Much Does the Program Cost?
Initial screening costs for the Recipient and Partner may vary, but are approximately $3,450.00. A DOP cycle is $13,250.00, with medications additional (see DOP cost sheet).
How Do I Find an Egg Donor?
There are two types of egg donors. Anonymous egg donors are recruited and screened by the Donor Oocyte Program. A known donor is someone you know who is willing to donate egg for you. All donors must be between the ages of 21 and 32; they must have at least a high school education, and preferably a history of having achieve pregnancy. Both anonymous and known donors must have a physical exam, see our counselor, have required lab tests and have normal ovulation.
Is there a Fee for an Egg Donor?
Anonymous egg donors are paid $2,000 by the recipient couple. Reimbursement for a known donor is left up to the recipient.
Is There a Waiting List for Anonymous Donor Cycles?
At the present time, there are a limited number of donors available, so there may be waiting period until we can find a good match for you. You must complete a screening visit to go on the waiting list.
What Are the Requirements for Recipient’s?
You must be age 50 or less and in good health to enter the program. Women between ages of 44 and 50 must undergo additional medical evaluation to screen for health problems that could affect a pregnancy.
How Do I Enter the Donor Oocyte Program?
Call the office for a new patient appointment. If you are already an established patient, you need to make a Donor Oocyte Screening appointment.
Bring the medical/genetic history form with you to your appointment, or mail to:
Bellingham IVF & Infertility Care
2980 Squalicum Pkwy #103
Bellingham, WA 98225
Attn: DOP Program
Still Have Questions?
Please feel free to call and ask for Cheryl our Donor Oocyte Program Coordinator at (360)715-8124 or toll free at (800)860-3967.