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Healthy young women chosen to participate as egg donors are between the ages of 20 and 32. They have been screened by the Donor Egg Coordinators and by one of our practice physicians. Once routine screening is accomplished, the donor is screened by a psychologist and a genetic counselor to confirm suitability for our program. Testing is extensive and includes comprehensive assessment of personal and family history, drug and sexually transmitted disease testing, blood work and MMPI or PAI psychological screening. Once all of the screening has been completed, the donor becomes available to potential recipients in the program. The majority of egg donors are anonymous.
The program affords compensation of $3,000 for the donor's time after completion of a cycle. Our donors receive the highest level of medical care and counseling so that they fully understand the egg donation process. The vast majority of donors find the process to be a positive one and often sign up to participate for a second donation cycle. If you have an interest in helping childless couples achieve their dream of becoming a family, please click here to fill out our secure online egg donation application .
Young women who participate as anonymous oocyte donors for The Reproductive Medicine Group are recruited, interviewed and screened by our highly experienced Third Party Reproduction Nurse Coordinators and the RMG physicians. Our donors generally live in the Tampa Bay región. They come to us through recommendations from prior donors and information they receive at school campuses, newspaper advertisements, our website and the internet. Donors complete a comprehensive questionaire and are given extensive information about the process before proceeding forward with more detailed testing.
In addition to our donor recruitment program , we also work with several donor agencies who provide donors from throughout the United States. Although agency fees add a significant cost to the recipient couple, the advantages of utilizing an agency are more rapid availability and a larger donor pool from which to choose.
Recipient couples may use a known donor who is usually a family member of the woman receiving the eggs. Known donors must undergo a screening process and a lawyer trained in third party reproduction must be involved.
The shared split donor program allows women under the age of 33 who meet the required criteria and screening to anonymously donate half the eggs retrieved during their IVF cycle to a recipient couple. This option significantly reduces the cost of the IVF cycle for both the shared donor and recipient.