Recipients (Vitrified Eggs Only)
Egg Donor Program
Generations has an Egg Donor Program that partners with My Egg Bank North America
(“MEB”). Before you decide to take part in this program, you and your spouse/partner must
understand the process as well as the risks involved.
Deciding to use an Donor Egg
All egg donors received through MEB are anonymous. The egg donor is also unaware who has
purchased her oocytes.
You will meet with a licensed psychologist. During this meeting you will discuss the
psychosocial and ethical issues involved with egg donation. You will also discuss the possible
short and long term effects. You will talk about your thoughts and feelings related to egg
donation. This will help you to make an informed decision.
Preparing the Egg Donor
Donor Screening, Testing and Medical History
The egg donor has met all screening guidelines. Her profile includes this information: genetic
testing for inherited genetic disease and a detailed personal and family medical history. The
personal or family medical history is reported by the donor to the best of her ability at the time of
donation and may be inaccurate or incomplete. Generations will not verify the reported personal
or family medical history.
Contagious diseases may be passed from one person to another chiefly from the donor to the
recipient. The chances are very low but do exist. The donor will complete infectious disease
testing prior to completing the egg donation process. The infectious disease testing will be
negative for the donor to proceed.
Donor Egg Retrieval
Generations receives donated eggs from MEB. After the eggs are retrieved from the donor they
are frozen in a process called vitrification. Vitrification is the process of cryopreservation, or
freezing. This process preserves the egg and allows it to be used at a later time.
Preparing for Embryo Transfer
You will need to receive medicine to prepare your uterus for receiving an embryo. This is
needed even if you have normal menstrual cycles. You will have several weeks of hormonal
therapy. You will start with oral contraceptive pills and Lupron injection to suppress hormones.
You will then be given estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen will be given in patches worn on the
abdomen. Progesterone will be given as an injection. You will be given detailed instruction on
how to take your medicine and the timing of events. During treatment you will also have blood
work and ultrasound imaging. It is important to know the potential side effects of treatment.
Possible Side Effects of Treatment
ξ Water retention
ξ Breast tenderness
ξ Local skin irritation
ξ Local swelling, pain, infection or bleeding at injection site
ξ Allergic reaction
ξ Vaginal itching
Rare Side Effects
ξ Increased risk of gall bladder disease
ξ Blood clots in legs or lung
Vitrified eggs will be sent to Generations and then warmed per MEB’s policy. After the eggs are
warmed, the sperm collected from the spouse/partner or sperm donor will be injected into each
mature egg. After 3-5 days the resulting embryo(s) will be transferred into your uterus. To
transfer the embryo(s) we use a special soft, flexible catheter which is passed through the cervix
and you will need to have a full bladder.
You may also choose to freeze some or all of the embryos to use at a later date if the quality
and number of embryos allows for this. You will be responsible for the cost of doing this and
all storage fees of any frozen embryos.
It is important to know some of the reasons that a successful pregnancy may not occur after these
procedures. These reasons include:
ξ The egg(s) may not be normal.
ξ The spouse/partner may not be able to produce a semen specimen or the sperm may not
ξ Fertilization may not occur or may be abnormal in some or all of the egg(s).
ξ Cleavage or cell division of the fertilized egg(s) may not occur.
ξ The embryo may not develop normally.
ξ The embryo transfer may be technically difficult.
ξ Implantation of the fertilized egg(s) may not occur.
ξ A laboratory accident may result in loss or damage to the egg(s) or embryo(s).
Any pregnancy can result in a child with birth defects. This is also true for an IVF pregnancy.
Even the most precise screening methods cannot detect all birth defects. This can include
medical problems, learning disabilities, handicaps, cerebral palsy and other unforeseen problems.
Some of these problems are caused by genetic abnormalities that cannot be detected with modern
screening tests. Some of them can result from birth accidents and illness during pregnancy.
There is always a risk of conceiving a child who has these problems. Current data indicates there
is not an increased rate of birth defects (above rates seen with spontaneous pregnancies) among
pregnancies conceived with cryopreserved donor oocytes.
Selection of Egg Donor from MEB
You and your spouse/partner will be given instructions on how to access the MEB website for
choosing the egg donor. This is solely your decision and may be based on some of the egg donor
qualities. This may include ethnicity, medical history, family history, or personal preference.
Ownership of Eggs/Embryos
Once the eggs are received from MEB, they and any resulting embryo(s) are your sole legal and
financial responsibility. The egg donor has no legal or financial responsibilities, rights or
obligations to the retrieved egg.
Offspring that Result from Egg Donation
Any offspring that result from the use of vitrified eggs and IVF are your children. You assume
all legal rights and obligations that go along with having children. You are fully responsible for
any and all offspring regardless of the outcome of the pregnancy.
You and your spouse/partner are responsible for all costs for taking part in the program. This is
true whether or not the procedure is successful. Your insurance may or may not cover all of
these charges. You are liable for any unpaid charges.
Taking part in the Egg Donor Program is purely voluntary. You will be given a consent form to
read and sign if you decide to join the program. You may revoke your consent at any time prior
to placement of embryos. Your present and future care at Generations will not in any way be
affected by your choice to revoke consent. To revoke consent, you will need to deliver a written
and signed copy of your decision to revoke consent to a member of the Generations IVF Team.
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have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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