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Using an Egg Donor in Central New Jersey
Information regarding fresh and frozen donor egg IVF cycles in the central New Jersey area can be found in the most recent the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Known and Anonymous Egg Donors
There are two types of egg donors: known and anonymous. Known egg donors include women you know personally such as family members, friends, or a woman known through an egg donor agency. Anonymous egg donors want to donate their eggs but decide to keep their identities private. They generally do this when the egg donation is arranged through an infertility clinic or an attorney. Regardless of the donor type you choose, it is strongly recommended that every donor have an extensive medical, psychological, and drug and screening. A medical screening must include an examination of both sexually transmitted and genetic diseases.
Egg Donor Agencies and Clinics
Selecting an egg donor is not an easy task. Most women choose to work with an agency to find an egg donor. Currently there is no legislation in place that regulates egg donation. Consequently there are no mandatory practice guidelines. Agencies can choose to use local physicians or use out-of-state staff. Some donor agencies use donors on an international basis. Each agency has its own requirements when selecting their donors.
Many people feel more comfortable working with donor agencies because they serve as mediators between the donor, fertility clinic, and prospective parent. When seeking a donor agency ask about how long they have been in business, how they screen their donors, and their protocol about the frequency of donation for their donors.
The central New Jersey area has several established egg donor programs. They include:
- Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility
- East Coast Infertility and IVF
- IVF New Jersey
- Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey
Some egg donors choose to work with an agency that finds donors and others work directly with a fertility clinic. These clinic programs offer comprehensive fertility treatment including donor screening, treatment, and ongoing testing and monitoring which is all done in the same location. Many people prefer the ease and familiarity of working in one location with a single group of fertility professionals.
Carefully investigate the policies and procedures of the egg donor program you choose. Be sure to review their donor admission and screening procedures. Choose the program that fits your needs.