Nothing should stop any individual or couple who wants a family from achieving that dream. There are several fertility treatment options for same-sex couples and potential single parents to grow their families.
Egg donors can come from an in-house egg donor program or from an outside agency. In some cases, individuals already have an egg donor in mind. Although most egg donor programs provide an anonymous egg donor experience, families are also welcomed to using a known egg donors.
All donors are screened the same way in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations set forth by The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Donors must complete:
a comprehensive family medical history questionnaire
have current hormone and ultrasounds on file to ensure they would make a good egg donor candidate
meet with a psychologist for an evaluation
complete genetic carrier testing
have a current infectious disease and sexually transmitted infection panel on file (HIV, Hepatitis B & C, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea).
Additionally, all potential egg donors work closely with a reproductive endocrinology and infertility physician experts to optimize the chance for success.
If you elect to choose a known sperm donor, that donor would need to be tested for infectious diseases and sexually transmitted infections both at the time the sample is provided and again after the sample has been quarantined for six months. As long as both screenings are negative, this sample is considered safe for use in a cycle.
If you were to choose a donor from a sperm bank, this testing has already been completed.
Gestational Carriers (Surrogates)
Gestational carriers can either be identified with the assistance of a surrogacy agency or can be known to the intended parent(s) through family or friends. In either case, the gestational carrier will be fully evaluated by one of our physicians to ensure that she is healthy and is a good candidate for carrying a pregnancy. Gestational carriers are strictly tested according to the guidelines and recommendations set forth by ASRM, SART, and the FDA.
Vicki Meagher has worked with InVia Fertility Specialists since 2006. She is our Third Party Coordinator, so she works with our patients that need an egg donor, sperm donor, gestational surrogate, or any combination of the above. She recruits and screens the egg donors for our in-house donor program as well. She loves working with intended parents and is passionate about third party reproduction and the important role it plays in helping patients achieve their dream of starting or extending their family. She is a member of SEEDS - the Society for Ethics for Egg Donation and Surrogacy.