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Preparing for an IVF – Egg Donor Cycle

Thank you for your interest in the Anonymous Egg Donor Program at the Wisconsin Fertility Institute. Here is an overview of the steps involved with moving forward with a cycle with a WFI egg donor. Please let us know if you have any questions– our staff is here to assist and guide you along the way as you work to build your family!

The first step in the process is meeting with one of our providers to see if Egg donation is right for you. At this consult, your medical history will be reviewed as well as past treatments you have used in your fertility care. At this visit, the provider will give you a list of labs that must be completed prior to starting the IVF anonymous Egg Donor cycle.

When you have decided that you want to move forward with an Egg Donor cycle, you will be given information on how to view the donor profiles online. Donors have included pictures of themselves as children for your review. To protect anonymity, we do not have adult pictures of our Donors available.

All of our Donors are non-smokers between the ages of 21 and 30. We do allow women who are 20 to apply to be Donors; however they will not be allowed to begin a cycle until they are 21. The Donors have all received detailed information about the process, appointments, and responsibility required for a successful Egg Donor cycle. The Donor Profiles are comprehensive in their review of the Donor’s personal, medical, and family history. All Donors have been tested for their ovarian reserve with blood tests or they have donated before and are known to be quality Egg Donors. Our Donor profiles are also screened by our medical staff prior to being included in the pool. Unlike outside Agency Donors, our Donors have also been asked to submit their medical records for review by our providers. The review of medical records corroborates the information the Donor has provided in her Donor Profile.

Once you have selected an Egg Donor, you must fill out the Donor Match Form and forward it to the Donor Coordinator. The Donor Coordinator will contact the Egg Donor to confirm that she is available to participate in an IVF cycle. If the Donor confirms that she is available, you will need to make the initial payment. Then, you and the Egg Donor will sign a legal contract outlining the rights and responsibilities of both parties. If you want to have your own legal counsel review this contract, you are free to do so. Let us know who that will be and we can arrange to forward the contract to their office.

On average, at least a dozen other patients are viewing Egg Donors at the same time as you. If you are interested in an Egg Donor, the ONLY way to secure that you will be matched with her is to fill out our Donor Match Form and provide the first payment for the cycle. The Donor Match Form is available on our website. The demand for Egg Donors is high and the number and availability of Egg Donors can vary widely.

During the Egg Donor selection process, you will be in touch with our Financial Coordinator to discuss cycle payment. All costs associated with the Donor from the point you are matched with her onward will be applied to your account. Typically, we will collect payment at 2 points. The first payment (when you apply to match with a Donor), will be payment to cover the legal contract, psychological evaluation, and medical screening of the Donor. The second payment, which will cover the cycle costs, will be collected at the Intended Parent baseline visit. Costs for medications are additional and will be paid directly to the pharmacy. Intended Parent medications cost approximately $1,000-$1,500. Donor medications vary between $3,000-5,000.

After signing the legal contract, the Donor will meet with Dr. Gerald Greenfield, licensed psychologist, for her psychological evaluation. The purpose of this visit is for an outside party to evaluate if the Donor’s suitability for egg donation in terms of her mental health.

When the Donor has signed her legal contract and completed the psychological evaluation appointment, she will come in to our office for a Medical Screening visit. At this appointment, she will have a full physical examination, lab work, and meet with one of our providers and the Donor coordinator to review the process of an IVF Egg Donor cycle.

As the Intended Parent, once you have completed your required labs and results are received here, you will need a Treatment Plan visit with one of our providers. At this visit, the provider will review all of your test results, the results of the Donor’s testing, and discuss the exact protocol you will be following during the cycle. At this visit we will arrange your prescriptions and discuss dates and timing of the cycle.

Starting the Cycle

With an IVF-Anonymous Egg Donor cycle, we are essentially taking an IVF cycle and dividing the medications and appointments between two people; the Intended Parent and the Anonymous Egg Donor.

To begin, both the Egg Donor and Intended Parent are placed on birth control pills. This assists us in coordinating the menstrual cycles. Our goal is to get the uterine lining of the Intended Parent ready before we begin to stimulate the ovaries of the Donor.

The entire process from the first day of the Intended Parent’s period to the embryo transfer takes about 2 months, if there are no delays.

On days the Donor is seen, our staff will contact the Intended Parents to update them on the status of their treatment. Likewise, we communicate with the Donor to keep her aware of the Intended Parent’s status.

Please review the enclosed pages for more information on medications, cost estimates, consent forms, and FAQs. Do not hesitate to call with questions or to discuss using our anonymous Egg Donor Program. We look forward to working with you.