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Welcome to IVF FLORIDA Reproductive Associates. Egg Donation Program. Why is Egg Donation necessary?. For some couples, egg donation is the only hope for achieving a viable pregnancy The following are just a few reasons why a woman may not have good quality eggs of her own Chemotherapy

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why is egg donation necessary
Why is Egg Donation necessary?
  • For some couples, egg donation is the only hope for achieving a viable pregnancy
  • The following are just a few reasons why a woman may not have good quality eggs of her own
  • Chemotherapy
  • Genetic issues
  • Advancing age

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Why is Egg Donation Necessary?
  • Regardless of their medical circumstances…..
  • …...these are everyday women, like your sister or your friend…
  • …whose only goal is to have a baby of their own to love for a lifetime.

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Why is Egg Donation necessary?

As an egg donor you will find reward and satisfaction…

…..in knowing that your gift of life….

…has had a profound effect on the happiness of others.

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understanding egg donation
Understanding Egg Donation

Our program is strictly confidential

By being an anonymous donor, you will never meet the recipient couple, nor know the outcome of the cycle.

You will remain anonymous to the recipient couple.

They will not have the opportunity to contact you.

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becoming an egg donor
Becoming an Egg Donor

As a potential donor you can help.

By your interest and commitment as well as meeting the following criteria, you may qualify for Egg Donation

  • A healthy woman
  • Between 21 and 33 years of age
  • Within 25 lbs. of your ideal body weight
  • Not Adopted

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Becoming an Egg Donor

The first step to become and egg donor is to complete the application.

Once the application is complete you will begin a screening process.

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The first step in the Screening Process will be to check your blood on Day 2 (two) of your period for hormones levels and to perform a Transvaginal Ultrasound.

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screening for egg donor candidates
Screening for Egg Donor Candidates

The Next Steps:

An IVF FLORIDA physician will ask you about:

  • General health and surgeries,
  • GYN history including Pap smear, and family medical history,
  • A complete physical evaluation, including laboratory testing,

Meet with a member of the psychological support team, which will include a written personality test.

You will then have an opportunity to discuss questions and concerns you may have.

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preparing to donate
Preparing to Donate

Once selected, the physician and nurse will meet with you to discuss the donation process.

It is very important that you discuss with the nurse or doctor all of your medications, including any over-the-counter drugs and supplements you may be taking.

You will be advised about the injections you will be taking and instructions on their use.

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The Donation Process

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Understanding Egg Donation

Egg donation is always combined with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

IVF is the process of placing eggs and sperm together in the laboratory to facilitate fertilization and embryo development.

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overview of egg donation
Overview of Egg Donation

Normally one mature follicle produces a mature egg per month.

Medications allow multiple follicles to mature.

Using vaginal ultrasound and anesthesia, each egg will be retrieved. There is no incision!

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how does egg donation work
How does Egg Donation Work?

When ready to start:

Your nurse should have your expected donation dates around two weeks in advance.

You will receive education on what is required of you.

(Hand outs, videos, and other training materials are available.)

Your nurse will show you how to easily give the injectable medications. (it’s not as bad as you think!)

Physicians and nurses are always available to answer your questions related to administering the medication or any other concerns that you may have.

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How does Egg Donation Work?

When ready to start:

You will be treated with birth control pills for approximately three weeks.

We will not need to see you during this time.

You will then take injectable medications*.

*This 10-14 day period requires office visits every 3-4 days for blood draws and ultrasounds.

*More frequent office visits are required in the second week of treatment.

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How does Egg Donation Work?

You will be given birth control pills and instructed when to begin daily subcutaneous or (mini-needle) injections.

These injections will stimulate your follicles to grow and mature.

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How does Egg Donation Work?

You will be instructed on any dose changes of your medication after each monitoring visit.

*It is of the utmost importance that this medication be given correctly.

*Medications are taken daily for 8-12 days.

You own chances of conceiving is greatly enhanced when taking fertility medications; we recommend abstinence or barrier contraception.

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monitoring your treatment cycle
Monitoring your Treatment Cycle

Once the stimulation phase of your cycle begins, your monitoring will be become very frequent

As your follicles reach maturity you may have to

be monitored daily.

Our nurses will give you a detailed schedule, but it may be adjusted as your treatment progresses.

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monitoring you treatment cycle
Monitoring you Treatment Cycle

Morning monitoring visits include:

Vaginal Ultrasound


Assessment of hormone levels in the blood.

Monitoring may be performed 7-10:30am, Monday-Friday and 7-8:30am, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

This information is necessary to determine how egg development is progressing.

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ultrasound monitoring of egg development
Ultrasound Monitoring of Egg Development

The ultrasound technician will insert an ultrasound probe into your vagina (transvaginal ultrasound)

This allows viewing of the follicle growth in your ovaries.

This procedure is similar in comfort to a GYN visit.

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timing is critical
Timing is Critical!

Once your follicles have grown to the appropriate size, the hormone HCG is self-administered.

The proper timing of this injection is critical!

If you take the HCG injection too early, you may ovulate on your own.

If you take the HCG injection too late, your eggs will be too immature.

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the final step your egg retrieval
The Final Step: Your Egg Retrieval

Since anesthesia is used for your Egg Retrieval you must follow these guidelines:

Refrain from eating and drinking the night before your scheduled procedure.

Have someone to drive you to and from our Margate office, where the OR is located on the 2nd floor.

The procedure, including admission and recovery generally takes about 2 ½ - 3 hours to complete.

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retrieval of eggs
Retrieval of Eggs

You will have intravenous sedation during the procedure.

The physician will insert a vaginal ultrasound probe.

Using the image on the ultrasound, the physician will use a needle to access the ovary.

The needle will enter the follicles on the ovaries and retrieve the eggs.

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post retrieval care
Post-Retrieval Care

On the day of the egg retrieval, rest quietly at home.

Exercise should be limited in the days following the retrieval.

You will receive discharge instructions.

Your nurse will check on your recovery.

If you have any problems, CALL


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Post-Retrieval Care

If you notice any unusual weight gain, have pain, nausea, vomiting of bleeding, please call us immediately.

You should begin to feel back to normal the next day and resume menses in approximately 2 weeks

We are always available for questions.

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You will incur no cost with the egg donation process.

Your contribution toward helping a couple achieve their dream of parenthood is priceless and your time and effort will be compensated at the completion of the donation process.

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final comments
Final Comments

Egg donation allows infertile couples to achieve their dream of having a baby.

Your compliance and understanding of the procedures allows us to provide the best opportunity to these couples.

We want the process to go smoothly, so please ask questions.

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give of yourself change your life
Give of Yourself;Change Your Life…

…And create another

Call our IVF FLORIDA Donor / Recipient team now at

954-247-6200 x5252

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