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Why choose Advanced Fertility Center of Texas?

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Advanced Fertility Center of Texas (AFCT) offers the most comprehensive, state of the art fertility service by providing an entire range of fertility services on-site, including artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, an egg donor program, fertility preservation, genetic testing on the embryos, and surrogacy. We have several fertility treatment centers located throughout Texas: Memorial City, The Woodlands, and College Station.  Our fertility specialist, Dr Michael Allon, is Double Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and has been a nationally-recognized expert in his field of infertility since 1996. Our Reproductive Laboratories are directed by Dr Dmitri Dozortsev, who is board certified in Embryology and Andrology and is one of the pioneers in his field.

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Why do women look for egg donors?

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Often women are not able to use their own eggs in an IVF cycle and are candidates for our donor egg program. This could be due to:

  • Premature menopause
  • Diminished ovarian reserve
  • Poor egg quality
  • Advanced female age
  • Previous ovarian surgery
  • Cancer or cancer chemotherapy or radiation
  • Repeated IVF cycle failures
  • Pelvic or other diseases

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What is in vitro fertilization and what does it involve?

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In vitro fertilization (IVF) literally means “fertilization outside of the body”. The donor undergoes ovulation induction with gonadotropin hormones to stimulate the development of multiple eggs. When these eggs are mature, they are retrieved from the ovaries and combined with sperm in a Petri dish. The resultant embryos are placed in an incubator for 3-6 days or until mature. Once mature, they are transferred into the recipient’s uterus. The recipient has undergone hormonal therapy to synchronize her cycle with the donor’s so that her endometrium is ready to accept the developing embryo.

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What are my chances of getting pregnant with donor eggs?

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Our Donor Egg Program allows many women who could not conceive on their own to become pregnant with donor eggs. Quality of the eggs is the main factor determining the likelihood of becoming pregnant, and the recipient's chance of pregnancy is very high, irrespective of the recipient's age. For example, if eggs are taken from a 22-year-old egg donor and the resultant embryos are placed in a 42-year-old recipient, the success rates of a viable pregnancy are that of the 22-year-old age group. Overall, our egg donor program has about 70 % cumulative pregnancy rate.

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How do you find the donors?

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We are constantly seeking new candidates and strive to maintain a diverse pool of donors so that our recipients have a better chance of choosing one that closely matches their physical characteristics and character traits. All our donors undergo rigorous screening to ensure that they are physically and psychologically healthy and that you will have the highest possible chance of becoming pregnant.

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Why do women donate?

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Many different types of women decide to become egg donors for varying reasons. Most women want to help others to start a family. One study revealed that 30% of donors had purely altruism reasons for donation, 20% were motivated by monetary compensation, and 40% decided to donate for both reasons.

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How much information about potential donors can I receive?

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You can receive a lot of information about the donor. The description does not just focus on physical characteristics. We also provide detailed information about the character, personal interests, hobbies, educational level, and even life ambitions. Ultimately, we want to be sure that our recipient couples feel certain that their donor of choice if the “the one.”

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Can I view donor photos?

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Doctors at Advanced Fertility Center of Texas take the process of finding the right donor for each recipient very seriously. We understand that many recipients want their donors to resemble them not just in hair and eye color, but also in facial and body features and other aspects. In most cases, you can view photos or even videos. In rare cases, the egg donor may not want to have their photo shown, but the doctor can describe the donor in great detail.

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How do you match egg donors and recipients?

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Most of the donations are anonymous. The prospective recipient is provided with the donor ID number and the demographic, education, occupation, hobbies, and history sections of the donor questionnaire. The recipient may choose one of our egg donors or an egg donor from another source, such as an agency.

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Will egg donors know who received their eggs? Can we meet the donor?

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Unless both you and the donor want to have an “open” donation, the answer to these questions is no. Most of the donations at Advanced Fertility Center of Texas are anonymous. The only common exception occurs in cases when the recipient has already identified a potential donor, who is a close friend or a family member.

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What physical and psychological screening do you require for your donors?

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All our donors undergo a variety of blood tests that check their hormone levels, get tested for a number of sexually transmitted diseases, and also receive a pap smear and a pelvic ultrasound. They also meet with a psychologists who evaluates their mental status and psychological well-being.

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What if I already have a donor?

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We are open to working with an egg donor who is already known to the couple, such as a relative or a friend. However, this person will have to undergo the same physical and psychological testing as all our anonymous donors to ensure that the person is a good candidate for egg donation and that you will have the highest possible chance of pregnancy.

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Are egg donors compensated?

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The egg donor receives compensation once a cycle is completed defined as progression from screening to oocyte retrieval.

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What does it take to become an egg donor?

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Because the criteria are strict, not all applicants will qualify to become an egg donor.

All egg donor candidates for our Texas donor egg program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Between 21 and 32 years of age
  2. No illicit substance or chronic alcohol abuse
  3. Normal weight
  4. No family history of congenital disease
  5. Pass psychological screening
  6. Complete and pass physical exam and history by a physician in our facility
  7. Complete and pass all lab testing

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When will the laboratory examine the eggs for fertilization?

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Fertilization is the penetration of the egg by a sperm and the union of the gametes (genetic material) leading to the development of an embryo. The eggs will be examined for fertilization about 16-18 hours after insemination.

 

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Are there natural ways of increasing my chances of pregnancy with IVF?

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Staying generally healthy can increase your chances of pregnancy. Our Lisanne’s Wellness Center can help you at optimizing your diet, suggest a healthy exercise program, and most importantly work with you to develop a way to manage stress on your road to parenthood.

Lisanne Wellness Center

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What if the first cycle IVF cycle with donor eggs does not result in pregnancy?

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About a 30% of the fresh donor cycles do not result in a pregnancy. However, this is usually just a temporary setback and you do not have to look for another donor. Most donors produce a number of eggs and likely we have a number of frozen embryos. If the fresh embryo cycle did not result in a pregnancy, we can try a frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) in a month or two., Overall, our egg donor program has about 70%cumulative pregnancy rate.