Women hope to use their own eggs for in vitro fertilization (IVF), but the time may come when you’ll need to consider using a donor egg. If that happens, you can count on the experience of Jane Miller, MD, at North Hudson IVF. Dr. Miller has helped many women achieve a healthy pregnancy and deliver a long-wanted baby following donor egg IVF. If you have any questions about IVF or donor eggs, or you’d like to schedule an infertility appointment, call the office in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, or use the online booking feature.
Dr. Miller may talk with you about using a donor egg when your egg reserve is too low or when chromosomal or genetic conditions make your eggs unusable.
Signs that you may need to consider using a donor egg include:
Dr. Miller runs several lab tests that provide information about your ovarian reserve, which is the number and quality of eggs in your ovaries. Your levels of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and your antral follicle count are three of the key tests that can help guide your decision about using an egg donor.
An in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure fertilizes a woman’s eggs with a man’s sperm in a dish in the laboratory. If you’re using a donor egg, the donor takes hormone medication to promote egg maturation, while you take hormone medication that prepares your uterus to nurture the embryo.
The donor’s mature eggs are harvested and fertilized in the lab. The resulting embryos grow for about five days, and then the embryo may be frozen for future IVF or transferred to your uterus. Two weeks after your IVF procedure, you’ll come back for a pregnancy test.
Each potential egg donor must provide an extensive, three-generation medical history, submit to a physical examination, have an endocrine and ovarian evaluation, and undergo screening for communicable and hereditary diseases.
Egg donors also participate in an intensive interview with Dr. Miller. If potential donors qualify physically, they meet with a mental health professional before they’re approved to be a donor.
Dr. Miller has a list of available egg donors or will find one from an agency she works with. You don’t have to pay a commitment fee before starting the process of selecting a donor. You can give Dr. Miller a list of characteristics that are important to you, and she’ll find several potential matches for you to consider.
To learn more about donor egg IVF or to schedule an appointment, call North Hudson IVF or use the online booking feature.