Egg Donor Program
Egg Donor Program

Information for Donor Egg Recipients

RMA of New York offers egg donation, also known as ovum or oocyte donation, as a fertility treatment option for women and couples interested in conceiving with the use of donor eggs. Egg donation is an option for women whose own eggs are unable to achieve a pregnancy due to advanced reproductive age, genetic abnormalities, previous surgeries and/or other conditions. You can find more information about becoming a donor egg recipient here.

The Egg Donation Program at RMA of New York

RMA of New York’s highly respected and experienced Egg Donation Team is known for its focus and success in matching the highest quality donors with recipients, while providing stellar, compassionate care throughout the matching and treatment process. Thanks to RMA of New York’s Egg Donation Program, hundreds of individuals and couples have built their families using donor eggs.

Selecting an Egg Donor

Anonymous Egg Donors

In an anonymous egg donation cycle, the Egg Donation Team at RMA of New York expertly matches the egg recipient with a donor chosen from RMA of New York’s own select egg donor pool. The identities of the donor and recipient are kept anonymous and no identifying information is shared between donor and recipient. Recipients may request to view donor baby photos when available.

Known Egg Donors

A known egg donor can be a friend or relative who chooses to donate, or may be someone who was unknown prior to the donation process but chooses to participate as a known donor. When a recipient chooses to use a known donor, RMA of New York will provide all medical care to both the donor and recipient.

Agency Egg Donors

RMA of New York works with only New York State licensed egg donor agencies. If a recipient chooses to use an agency egg donor, the Egg Donation Team will coordinate the donor’s care with the agency.

Donor Egg Bank USA

RMA of New York has partnered with Donor Egg Bank USA to offer our patients the option of choosing oocytes previously retrieved and frozen from pre-screened donors. The process provides immediate access to ovum donors and eliminates the need for a lengthy “matching” process or for synchronization of the donors’ and recipients’ menstrual cycle. To find out more about utilizing the services of Donor Egg Bank USA, please consult with your RMA of New York physician.

About RMA of New York’s Egg Donors

RMA of New York actively recruits healthy women between the ages of 21 and 33 with no known genetic or sexually transmitted diseases. The Egg Donation Team rigorously screens egg donor candidates to ensure they are healthy and that they fully understand the donation process. Our egg donor pool consists of donors from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, including, but not limited to:

  • 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 donors experience a sense of reward and satisfaction knowing that their contribution has a profound effect on the life of another woman or couple. Many of our donors relay to us that the experience of helping a woman to conceive gives them a sense of fulfillment and contentment that they have never felt before.

Preparing for the Donor and Recipient Cycles

The egg donation team rigorously screens egg donor candidates to ensure they are physically healthy and fully understand the donation process. The process begins with each donor applicant completing an extensive questionnaire, detailing individual and family health history, physical characteristics, as well as general interests. Upon review of the questionnaire, select donors are then called in for comprehensive medical testing and psychological evaluation. Those candidates deemed eligible to donate are then entered into RMA of New York’s donor pool and will be contacted to commence a cycle upon match to a recipient. RMA of New York’s medical team will ensure donor and recipient(s) menstrual cycles are timed to coincide. Upon start of the treatment cycle, the donor will take injectable fertility medications for about 8-10 days to increase egg production.

During the time the donor is taking injectable medications, the recipient of the donated eggs will typically take hormones to synchronize her cycle with the donor’s cycle and to prepare her uterus to receive the embryos and thus enhance the likelihood of implantation. These hormones include estrogen, which can be taken orally or administered in patches that attach to the skin, and progesterone administered by injections. Approximately 3-6 weeks after the recipient begins uterine preparation, the eggs will be retrieved from the donor and combined with the sperm from the partner or sperm donor in the embryology laboratory. 3-5 days after the egg retrieval, the resulting embryos are then transferred into the recipient’s uterus using ultrasound guidance. The recipient will take a Beta blood test 10-14 days after the transfer to determine pregnancy.

For the past 20 years, RMA of New York has successfully facilitated the births of thousands of healthy babies for patients across the New York area. As the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, our team is dedicated to scientific discovery, medical excellence, and compassionate, patient-focused care. We are proud to be a member of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai Health System, which is recognized as a Center of Excellence by U.S. News & World Report.

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