3rd Party Reproduction
Egg donation is a process in which the eggs of a young, healthy woman (donor) are combined with sperm in the laboratory via in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus of the recipient. Egg donation is a viable option for women who may be at risk of passing on a genetic condition or who face ovary function or egg production issues.
Our team of experienced doctors, nurses and counselors can help women and couples explore this option, and determine whether egg donation is the right approach for you.
Initial consultations for potential egg recipients involve:
- Reviewing your medical history
- Comprehensive review of the egg donation and recipient process
- Complete physical examination
- Extensive evaluation of your financial considerations and options
The RMA of Texas complementary care staff can answer any and all questions you may have at any time during the process.
WHO ARE THE EGG DONORS?
Egg donors come from one of three sources:
1) Anonymous donors identified and screened by RMA of Texas 2) Anonymous donors identified through a commercial service 3) Known donors identified by the patient (family member, friend)
Women who participate in RMATX’s Transforming Lives is Conceivable (TLC) as anonymous donors must undergo an extensive medical, genetic and psychological screening process using standards established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
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.
A gestational carrier is a woman who carries a pregnancy for someone else. It is important to note that the carrier does not provide any genetic contribution to the pregnancy. The RMA of Texas team works carefully to coordinate all care provided during a gestational carrier cycle. All patients have access to our Complementary Alternative Medicine team of mental health professionals and counselors who specialize in supporting individuals and couples in fertility treatment.
Who is eligible?
A physician must first determine that this treatment is appropriate. Our team approach helps to ensure that every stage of this process is coordinated with the highest levels of medical expertise and patient support every step of the way.
Selection and screening of gestational carriers
Being a gestational carrier is an important responsibility that includes many physical, medical, emotional and legal issues for participants to consider. RMA of Texas works closely with all carriers, beginning with an intensive physical and psychological screening process.
Selected carriers must:
- Take part in a preliminary phone interview with an RMA of Texas physician and mental health professional
- Furnish copies of medical records and history
- Complete preliminary paperwork
- Provide any additional requested materials
The carrier then meets with the recipient couple, nurse, physician and mental health coordinator at a “screening appointment.”
Following this appointment:
- Carrier will be briefed on medications used during this procedure.
- Coordinator reviews the contract between the carrier and the couple.
- Carriers and partners must complete a Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and participate in a series of interviews and tests.
Monitoring the treatment process
If the gestational carrier is located near an RMA of Texas clinic, our team will manage all monitoring during the treatment process.
If the carrier is located outside of driving distance to an RMA of Texas location, she is responsible for choosing a monitoring facility and providing RMANJ with all contact information. Once a monitoring center is selected, the carrier must schedule all monitoring appointments directly with that center, following guidelines provided by the RMA of Texas nurse coordinator.
Monitoring facilities must:
- Be open at least five days a week
- Be able to perform internal ultrasound
- Obtain same-day results for blood tests to measure estrogen and progesterone levels
All fees for outside monitoring services used by carriers are paid directly by the intended parents to the treatment center, not through RMA of Texas.