Donor Egg Recipient

*SART 2014; Final Live Birth per Patient. Live births of 86.6% includes all non-banking autologous cycles and banking cycles with a thaw within 12 months of banking, representing outcomes for patients who were new to a given clinic in 2014, with births realized in 2014 and 2015. A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because a patient’s medical characteristics, treatment approaches and entrance criteria for assisted reproductive technology (ART) may vary from clinic to clinic.

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Donor Egg Recipient

For some women, the path to pregnancy and having a family requires a little help and support of an egg donor – anonymous or known. As an egg donor recipient at RMANJ we provide the most comprehensive clinical care from important testing and effective treatment options to the emotional and psychological support often needed to reach your goals.

With donor egg delivery rates among the highest in New Jersey and the United States, the RMANJ Ovatures Egg Donation Program supports both our donors and recipients with safe and successful care. RMANJ also works with an extensive network of anonymous donor egg agencies around the world helping you to reach your goal of having a family. For many others still, a family member such as a sister or cousin will be a “known donor.”

Who are Egg Donors?

Egg donors come from one of three sources:

  1. Anonymous donors identified screened by RMANJ

  2. Anonymous donors identified through a commercial service

  3. Known donors identified by the patient (family member, friend)

Women who participate in RMANJ’s Ovatures Egg Donation Program as anonymous donors must undergo an extensive medical, genetic and psychological screening process using standards established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) to participate in donor eggs. Couples who choose an anonymous donor through our program will have their name placed on a waiting list until a suitable match becomes available. When a donor becomes available, the recipient will receive a full report on the candidate. You can choose not to accept a donor for any reason without compromising your position on the wait list.

Egg Recipient and Donor Process

Prep Cycles

Women with functioning ovaries are given a medication such as Lupron® to temporarily stop the ovaries from producing hormones. Estrogen is introduced to stimulate thickening of the uterine lining. Progesterone is then used to end the prep cycle and the woman menstruates. The couple is then placed on the waiting list for a donor.


Hormones are used to synchronize both the donor’s and the recipient’s menstrual cycles. Each are also treated with oral contraceptives. The recipient is treated with the medications that she received during the prep cycle. For egg donors, injectable fertility medications stimulate the development of multiple follicles containing eggs.

Egg Retrieval & Fertilization

When the follicles are mature, the hormone hCG is used to initiate the final maturation of the egg in the donor. The recipient is treated with progesterone on the day of the retrieval to prepare her uterus to receive the embryos.

Once eggs are retrieved from the donor, they are examined by an embryologist, placed in an incubator and inseminated with sperm. The fertilized eggs are placed in medium to promote growth prior to implantation.

Embryo Transfer

Embryos are typically transferred to the recipient’s uterus six days after the retrieval. Embryos that have been cultured in the laboratory are placed into a woman’s uterus using a catheter, which is inserted through the cervix. The transfer is an ultrasound-guided procedure that does not require anesthesia.

Pregnancy Test

An RMANJ doctor will measure the recipient’s progesterone levels after one week to ensure they are sufficient to support a pregnancy. If she becomes pregnant after 14 days, hormonal support is continued and progress is monitored carefully for another four to five weeks. The expectant mother’s care is then transferred to her obstetrician.

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