How do fertility centers and egg donor agencies work together

How Do Fertility Centers Work With Egg Donor Agencies?

Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron, Fertility Centers of Illinois breaks down how fertility centers work with egg donor agencies to ensure the best donor for you!

What is the role of a fertility center during the egg donor process?

Many fertility centers, such as Fertility Centers of Illinois, have their own egg donor program. The benefit of using an internal egg donor program guarantees that the egg donor has been thoroughly screened. These screenings include medical screenings, psychological screenings, genetic screenings, and family history screenings. Many egg donor agencies may do these as well, but if they are not done with the egg donor agency, they will be done by the fertility center.

Once the fertility has approved the egg donor from the egg donor agency, they would complete any outlying testing. It is important for the safety of the egg donor, surrogate and future child that all of these tests are performed. New donors are screened to make sure they will respond well to IVF medication and treatments.

The fertility center will work closely with the egg donor agency to ensure that all the appropriate legal proceedings have occurred before confirming the match. The ultimate goal of the fertility center during this process is to make sure that all the appropriate steps & screenings have taken place before beginning any matching, medication, or treatments.

A good fertility center is your biggest advocate, making sure that not only is the egg donor a healthy and genetically good fit for you, but also help choose a donor that has qualities you may want in your future child. Many intended parents choose their egg donor because they like the way they look, their hobbies or their education level. All of these considerations are things your fertility center will help you find when confirming a match.

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Posted by Dr. Jennifer E. Hirshfeld-Cytron

Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been practicing medicine since 2004. She completed her residency at the University of Chicago, and then completed a three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern. Her personal practice philosophy stems not only from her clinical expertise but from her experience as a woman and a mother. She understands the importance of individualized, comprehensive infertility care.


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