Anonymous Donor Egg Programs


At Virginia IVF and Andrology Center, our goal is to help infertile couples achieve their dream of having children. The Virginia IVF and Andrology Center Donor Egg Program was created in 2002 to offer women, who are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy normally, an option to become a parent.


IVF success rates are higher than in past years. The quality of the egg is one of the most important factors affecting the pregnancy rate in IVF. As a woman ages, the proportion of eggs having an abnormal number of chromosomes increases. This is a major impact on both pregnancy rate and the health of children from these pregnancies. Other factors affecting IVF success rates are premature ovarian failure, diminished ovarian reserve, elevated follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)/anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), poor egg/embryo quality in prior IVF cycles, or women known to be affected by or carriers of significant genetic defects. The use of donor eggs is a treatment option that carries a high success rate due to the egg quality associated with egg donors.


How our Donor Egg Program Works
A successful donor egg program requires a selection of exceptional women who want to help other women achieve their dream of motherhood. The Virginia IVF and Andrology Center Donor Egg Program recruits women aged 21 to 32 with all manner of ethic backgrounds and accomplishments, including college degrees and distinguishing talents of all types.


Virginia IVF and Andrology Center Donor Egg Program recruits and screens anonymous egg donors adhering to the guidelines of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the regulations set forth by the FDA. During the screening process, the egg donor will undergo a thorough interview, blood testing and urine drug testing. Genetic testing and a consultation is conducted by a genetic counselor. Psychological testing and assessment are conducted by a psychologist. It is only then that an egg donor is accepted into our Donor Egg Program and is available for selection by our recipients.


How to Become a Donor Egg Recipient
Schedule a consultation with one of our Reproductive Endocrinologists.


Once you have been accepted as a Donor Egg Recipient candidate, you will begin working with a Donor Coordinator.


Your Donor Coordinator will work with you to assist you in making your selection of an egg donor from our donor database.


Your physician will work with you to begin your IVF cycle. You will have the support of your physician, Donor Coordinator, and the entire staff of Virginia IVF and Andrology Center throughout your cycle.


If you are interested in more information about becoming a Donor Egg Recipient, please contact us.


Single Cycle Donor Egg IVF Options


A single Donor Egg IVF cycle is one in which the patient intends for the chosen donor to undergo one fresh IVF cycle.


In a standard Single Donor Egg IVF cycle, all the eggs retrieved from the donor during the cycle are inseminated to create embryos for the recipient patient. The recipient works with her physician to determine the appropriate number of embryos to transfer back to her, and any remaining good quality embryos may be frozen. Those frozen embryos can be used for future frozen embryo cycles. The pateint will have the option to freeze some of the oocytes rather than to inseminate all of them, if she prefers. Generally patients choose to freeze oocytes if the donor has produced a larger number of eggs than the patient wishes to inseminate.


In a Select Single Donor Egg IVF Cycle, only up to the first 10 eggs retrieved from the donor during the cycle are inseminated to create embryos for the recipient patient. If there are less than 10 eggs retrieved, all the eggs are inseminated. If there are 10 or more eggs retrieved, 10 are inseminated. Any remaining eggs are frozen and placed in our anonymous donor egg bank. The recipient works with her physician to determine the appropriate number of embryos to transfer back to her, and any remaining good quality embryos may be frozen. Those frozen embryos can be used for future frozen embryo cycles. In this type of cycle, the number of embryos will be minimized since there can be no more than 10, but there is still some potential to have good quality embryos to freeze.


Multiple Cycle Donor Egg IVF Options


Virginia IVF and Andrology Center offers the Shared IVF Program, in which the patient has the option to have a donor undergo multiple fresh IVF cycles if the initial one does not result in pregnancy.


This program allows the recipient patient to have up to six fresh donor egg IVF cycles, and freeze and storage any excess embryos produced by those cycles. After any unsuccessful fresh cycle, the patient will utilize any frozen embryos in frozen embryo cycles for further pregnancy attempts.


The patient may terminate this program at any time. If termination occurs between IVF cycles, a full program fee refund is given. If termination occurs during an IVF cycle, a partial refund is given. If all possible cycles are exhausted and no baby is taken home, the patient will be refunded her full program fee.


Frozen Donor Egg Program
Virginia IVF and Andrology Center offers its recipients the option of only accepting a portion of the eggs that a donor may provide during an IVF cycle. This is a popular option as it allows recipients to minimize the number of embryos they create during the IVF process.


As a result of this option, there are often frozen donor eggs available for recipients to receive, in lieu of putting a donor through an IVF cycle. The benefits of selecting frozen donor eggs are: recipients are able to take a smaller number of eggs, the cost is typically lower, and the egg fertilization and transfer procedure may be able to done more quickly than a traditional IVF cycle.


Since the eggs are from previous anonymous donor cycles, they were collected from donors who have gone through our rigorous testing process. Just as with a normal Donor Egg cycle, records of the testing and other information about the donor are available for recipients to review prior to selecting frozen eggs.


The pregnancy rate at Virginia IVF and Andrology Center for the use of frozen eggs is excellent. Our patients should feel confident in choosing this option if it is right for them.


Frozen Donor Embryo Program
Virginia IVF and Andrology Center does not recruit donor embryos; however, from time to time it does have patients who wish to donate their embryos to an anonymous recipient. Donated embryos are comprised of the sperm and egg of another couple or in some cases an egg and/or sperm donor. Frozen embryos can be thawed and transferred to an anonymous recipient with the same success rate as our other frozen transfers. Embryos can only be transferred to an anonymous recipient if there is appropriate testing documentation available on the parties who contributed the sperm and egg when the embryos were created.


If you are interested in either donating your embryos to an anonymous couple or receiving donated embryos, please contact our Donor Program.