Anne Borkowski, MD

Reproductive Endocrinologist
Infertility Specialist

4250 Dempster St.
Skokie, IL, 60076

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Chicago Illinois Donor Egg Program

The egg donor procedure allows women with non functioning or absent ovaries to carry a pregnancy to term and experience the delivery of her child. Using an egg donor, the child will have the genetic makeup of the father and egg donor, similar to donor sperm where the child has the genetic makeup of the mother and the sperm donor.

Donor egg IVF can help several groups of women including older perimenopausal or menopausal women, those whose ovaries are absent or were destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation and those where IVF has failed.

Most infertility clinics don't offer standard IVF to women in their mid to late forties because of low success rates but do make donor egg IVF available.

Our donor egg program is a viable alternative for these women and success rates are typically high. In fact, success rates usually match the rates for the egg donor's age group. For example, if the eggs of a 21 year old are used in an IVF cycle for a 40 year old; the success rates equal the 21 year old age category.

Donors are recruited and receive compensation the amount of which varies among practices. Most often the donor is anonymous unless she is a family member or friend. All donors undergo extensive screening for infectious and genetic diseases and receive a complete psychological evaluation.

The egg donor undergoes the stimulation phase of the IVF cycle and receives injectable medication (FSH), which stimulates her ovaries to produce numerous eggs. Once mature, the eggs are withdrawn from the donor's ovaries using transvaginal oocyte retrieval under general anesthesia.

Other drugs, such as Lupron, are used to control the “timing” of the donor's cycle and sync her with the recipient. The donor eggs are combined with the partner's sperm in the donor egg IVF procedure and incubated for the appropriate length of time after which, they are placed into the recipient's uterus.

Usually, the recipient's preparation includes down regulation of the ovaries (if present) with Lupron and the administration of estrogen and progesterone to develop a suitable lining for the implantation of the embryos. Her uterus must thicken and become more vascular to provide for implantation and nourishment of the embryo.