You may require help from a donor in order to begin your family. We take pride in the progressive services we offer our patients, including a wide selection of pre-screened donors to choose from. Learn more about how conception using a donor can be your path to parenthood.
A donor egg recipient is a woman who is unable to conceive for a variety of reasons. In most cases, the recipient has tried many other forms of reproductive therapies which have been unsuccessful due to limited ovarian reserve. Some women are born with this problem; other women have lost their ovarian function due to premature menopause or following medical treatment such as chemotherapy. In some cases, a women may carry genetic problems that she does not want to pass on to their children. Recipients at RMA Long Island IVF must be under the age of 50 and in good general health.
RMA Long Island IVF meticulously screens all donors to provide healthy eggs to recipients either as a fresh donation cycle (during which a donor is paired with a recipient intended parent and their menstrual cycles are synced) or from our frozen egg donation bank, which provides recipients with quicker access to donated eggs. Some recipients may also choose to use donated frozen eggs from the My Egg Bank program. There is no cost for transport.
Pioneering physicians, cutting-edge technology, meticulous screening, and compassionate nurses is the kind of high-caliber quality and care you can expect from the RMA Long Island IVF Egg Donation Team. We work closely together to help you realize your dream of a baby.
To become an egg recipient, please schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians who will guide you through the exam and screening process and answer any questions you may have. To learn more, please contact us at 1-877-838-2229.
Dr. Kreiner discusses conception using donated eggs:
Using Donor Sperm Those who may choose to use donor sperm include:
- Single or lesbian women
- Those whose male partner has no recoverable sperm
- Those who may want back up specimens for difficult cases of male factor infertility
Sperm donors may be known or anonymous. The type of donor one chooses is a highly personal decision, and will depend on any number of factors. Regardless of the type of donor chosen, various considerations and requirements apply.
Using an Anonymous Donor
Those patients who use anonymous donor sperm obtain frozen samples from licensed sperm banks in the USA and which meet FDA criteria. RMA Long Island IVF does not own or run a sperm bank, however we are able to assist you in finding this resource.We have a list of sperm banks that supply anonymous donor sperm. We have worked with all of these sperm banks and have found their sperm quality and customer service to be satisfactory.
Sperm banks can vary widely with regard to donor information, identity, ethnicity and medical history, as well as in the number of available donors. Most banks do not provide a picture of donors. Some sperm banks may have a provision for allowing future contact (release of identification) between adult donor sperm offspring and the donor. Some may allow identification in the case of a medical need.
Our patients may choose most any certified sperm bank registered in New York State. Patients are responsible for selecting the given donor, paying the sperm bank directly for the sperm and shipping as well as ensuring that arrangements are made sufficiently in advance so that the shipment is onsite well before it is needed.
Using a Known Donor
Some women may choose to ask a friend to donate sperm. Because this option may raise sensitive questions and decisions in regards to parenting, a number of actions are required prior to receiving a sperm donation:
- Counseling. RMA Long Island IVF requires that both parties involved in donor insemination attend at least one session of counseling with a family therapist or psychologist familiar with issues that may arise in this type of arrangement.
- Sperm Donor and Intended Parent Legal Agreement.We also strongly encourage both donor and recipient to seek legal advice before the insemination process and create a valid and notarized legal agreement or contract between the female patient and sperm donor.
- Screening and Quarantine for the donated sperm. According to rules implemented by the FDA all donors must be screened and tested for infectious diseases. Donated sperm is then frozen and quarantined for six (6) months at a sperm bank. The donor is re-tested for infectious diseases before the sperm is provided to patients and our program.
- Referral to a licensed sperm bank. Although we do not provide sperm donations here at RMA Long Island IVF, we will refer you to a sperm bank that is licensed to provide this screening and storage service.
Our embryo donation program utilizes embryos donated anonymously by infertility patients or couples who have been successful with their fertility treatments, completed their families and who would like to help other patients struggling with infertility to conceive.
The embryo donation process is otherwise similar to oocyte/egg donation. We match Recipient patients or couples with available embryos, which have been screened. Intended parents can review the medical history of the embryos prior to choosing them. After the match has been made, they can proceed with a frozen embryo transfer cycle relatively quickly.
Although embryo donation does not offer the wider variety of choices that egg donation or sperm donation does, it is significantly more cost-effective than going through the entire process of IVF or egg donation. The embryos have already been created, there is a nominal fee associated with the embryos and the treatment charges are merely for the preparation for the embryo transfer and the associated medication. This is an attractive option for some couples looking for alternatives.
Please note that RMA Long Island IVF cannot accept donated embryos from other states and does not pay for transport of embryos. Prior to acceptance, embryos created outside of RMA Long Island IVF must be screened for communicable diseases and proper documentation must be submitted.
Some couples are able to conceive but experience fertility problems that prevent them from carrying a pregnancy to term. In cases like this, couples can utilize what is known as a gestational carrier. During this process, the intended parents undergo an IVF cycle, where we stimulate the intended mother's ovaries with hormones and retrieve her eggs. The intended mother's eggs and intended father's sperm are used to produce embryos which are then transferred into the uterus of the gestational carrier. The gestational carrier has no genetic link to the fetus that she carries. Prior to initiating a cycle, the intended parents and their carrier must undergo medical and psychological evaluation, and must obtain legal counsel.
RMA Long Island IVF physicians will determine if a gestational carrier is clinically indicated, and then advise you on how to proceed. Clinical indications for gestational carrier services are:
- Women who have had their uterus removed but retain one or both ovaries.
- Uterine factors such as fibroids, severe scar tissue, DES exposure, or congenital anomalies, that cannot be surgically corrected.
- Serious medical conditions in which a pregnancy would put a mother's health at significant risk.
Some couples have chosen to have a relative or friend serve as the gestational carrier. Other couples will instead use the services of an outside party. In this second scenario, the carrier is compensated for her time and effort. RMA Long Island IVF does not match couples with gestational carriers and is not involved with any of the financial or legal arrangements between the parties.