Our Egg Donation Program
Egg donation has been performed in the United States since 1986. Dr. Brown was trained on the egg donation process at the renowned Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine under IVF pioneers Drs. Georgeanna and Howard Jones, Jr. Similar to Dr. Brown, Dr. Cabrera completed his REI fellowship at the prestigious Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. Together, Dr. Brown and Dr. Cabrera make up the only team of Jones Institute graduates practicing together in the state of Florida.
There, the first IVF baby in the United States was born. This child was also the first in the world born as a result of a stimulated gonadotropin cycle. The ability to induce the development of multiple eggs was a major breakthrough that has allowed thousands of otherwise infertile couples to produce healthy children.
In the egg donation process, oocytes (eggs) from a young woman are fertilized in the laboratory, with the sperm of the recipient’s partner (or donor sperm) to create embryos. These embryos are transferred into the patient’s (the recipient) uterus to develop into a baby. This procedure enables women with severely diminished ovarian function, or genetic abnormalities to carry and deliver their own child.
Egg Donation Program Offered at Brown Fertility
Anonymous egg donation – the recipient couple does not know the identity of the egg donor. A detailed history and photographs are used in donor selection. Our program can provide access to anonymous egg donors.
How To Become An Egg Donor
Egg donors undergo a preliminary screening prior to inclusion in the donor pool – including a detailed history, discussion of medical, social, emotional, financial, and legal aspects of egg donation.
The recipient chooses a specific egg donor – a large selection of anonymous egg donors is available through our office. A recipient may also choose an egg donor who is known to her (such as a friend or a family member). A second round of extensive, detailed screening of the donor occurs – including psychological, and physical evaluations as appropriate.
Egg donors need to be between the ages of 18-27 and healthy. A detailed explanation of the entire process and additional criteria, as well as a history and physical examination will be provided free of charge to potential donors. Psychological or genetic testing may be necessary prior to initiation of an egg donation cycle. These will be provided free of charge to the donor as well.
Egg Donor Process
Simultaneous ovarian stimulation of the egg donor and uterine preparation of the recipient – injectable medications stimulate the development of multiple eggs from the donor, while a combination of injectable and oral medications prepare the recipient’s endometrium for the implantation of embryos.
Egg retrieval from the egg donor – A simple, ultrasound-guided, minimally invasive procedure used to retrieve the eggs from the ovaries. This procedure is performed under conscious sedation (twilight sleep), transvaginally with a needle. There are NO INCISIONS in this outpatient procedure.
Fertilization of the eggs – with the recipient partner’s sperm (or donor sperm) in-vitro (in the laboratory), by insemination, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
Embryo transfer- of the embryos into the recipient.
Cryopreservation (freezing) – of any remaining, good-quality embryos, when possible.
Your cycle will be anonymous, unless you are donating eggs for someone you know. This means that the recipient couple will not know your identity and you will not know theirs. The couple will look at your photograph, however, in order to assist with matching your looks with their needs. You will be able to help a couple have a family, which is noble and altruistic.
Egg donors will be compensated financially for a completed cycle. The compensation does not depend on whether the recipient conceives. Donors must be willing to provide the office with their pictures. These photos will be used by potential recipient couples to assist in your selection. The photos will be returned to you upon request.
The completed cycle duration is approximately four weeks for the egg donation process. You will need to take daily injections for twelve days, most with a tiny needle (subcutaneous). These are easy to administer in the convenience of your own home, or you may come to the office for administration. There is only minimal discomfort associated with the injection administration.
Contact Information for Egg Donation/Surrogacy Programs
For cycle information on egg donation or surrogacy questions, please contact: Jenna Lalliss, R.N. or Sara Brown, R.N., B.S.N at (904) 260.0352.
If you are interested in the egg donation process, please fill out the egg donor application and submit it to the office via fax (904) 0.0353, email firstname.lastname@example.org or in-person (1450 Old St. Augustine Road, Building 2 (Ste. 2497), Jacksonville, FL 32258).
Once your application is processed, our staff will contact you to setup an interview with Dr. Cabrera.