Egg Donation Program
IHR’s Egg Donor Recipient Program is one of the largest and most successful in the world.
We perform hundreds of donor cycles each year. In addition to literally hundreds of satisfied patients, what makes our program unique is a large pool of carefully screened and pre-qualified egg donors that can be viewed at anytime via our online database. IHR's expertise in egg donor lies in our willingness and ability to individualize our approach to best suit each and every one of our patients. If you have any questions as you review the material on egg donation, please contact us for a FREE Egg Donation E-Mail Consultation.
We perform hundreds of donor cycles each year. In addition to literally hundreds of satisfied patients, what makes our program unique is a large pool of carefully screened and pre-qualified egg donors that can be viewed at anytime via our online database.
We use a detailed egg donor screening process that ensures only highly qualified and desirable candadates are approved. Only about one in five original applicants ends up matched to a recipient couple.
All of our egg donation matches are handled anonymously. Recipients do, however, know every last detail of the donor's medical, genetic and family history, including social and educational background, psychological make-up, why a candidate chose to become a donor, and details about her appearance. Donors and recipient couples are mandated to sign standard Consent forms, which assure the respective rights of both parties.
Egg Donor Recipient couples indicate their wishes for the traits and genetic background they desire by filling out an Egg Donor Wish List. Based on the desired donor characteristics indicated on the Wish List, recipients are able to automatically search the database for pre-screened candidates who meet their search criteria. Of course, no donor can be an absolutely perfect fit. There will always be an element of chance in any donor-recipient match, same as you might expect in a natural pregnancy.
Once we receive a recipient couples Egg Donor Wish List, we can usually provide a well suited donor within days. Recipients have the opportunity to review the potential donor’s characteristics and approve or disapprove. If they approve the donor, we can generally begin the donor’s cycle within a week or two. If they disapprove the candidate, the matching process is repeated until the right donor is discovered and approved.
IHR also offers open oocyte donations. In these, the donor and recipient couples are known to each other. Most cases of open (non-anonymous) donations involve family members. However, we still require that the potential donors undergo our routine screening process and qualify under IHR criteria to be an oocyte donor.
Any financial risk of adverse outcome happening to the donor, as small as it may be, usually lies with the recipient couple. As a routine commitment to the Egg Donation Program, IHR requires recipient couples to buy an insurance policy for the donor in conjunction with the donation cycle, which secures medical and third-party insurance risks without breach of confidentiality.
Because we are very concerned about high order multiple births, we strongly recommend that when egg donation cycles involve younger donors, that only one to three embryos are transferred. Nevertheless, we have outstanding pregnancy rates in these cycles, exceeding 50 percent. Most egg donation cycles, especially in a single donor/recipient match, will result in additional embryos being cryopreserved. They offer significant opportunity for additional pregnancies.
IHR has no age limit for recipients, but requires a medical and psychological screening process for women above age 45 who wish to enter the program.
Our Egg Donation Process has an international following, with couples from Europe, the Middle East, China and other Asian countries, as well as South America, routinely passing through our Chicago offices. In addition, we closely cooperate with physicians in many countries to prepare recipient couples for egg donation cycles, which minimizes the amount of time traveling patients need to spend in Chicago.
If you wish to receive information about our Egg Donor Recipient Program, Contact Us or complete the Egg Donor Wish List to begin the egg donation process.
IHR has treatments for a variety of conditions, including gender selection, unexplained infertility, ovulatory dysfunctions, endometriosis, immunological infertility and many others. Perhaps less known is our work with individuals and couples who are considering assisted reproduction, but who are uncertain of their next step. We encourage anyone, before they make a decision, to consult with us. Currently, we are offering a FREE Egg Donation E-Mail Consultation.