Finney Hospoital & Fertility Center
Donor Egg Program
If you are a couple, we will try to match the physical characteristics of the male partner. Treatment involves fertilising donor eggs with sperm from the recipient’s partner and transferring the resulting embryos into the recipient’s womb.
- The recipient is put on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to allow her cycle to be synchronised to that of the donor and for the womb to be prepared to receive the embryos.
result of surgery, drug or radiation therapy, or a genetic problem that has stopped the cells in the testes working.
Donor sperm may also be used if the sperm is of poor quality, there have been problems with fertilisation in previous IVF cycles or there is a risk of passing on an inherited disease. Donor sperm may also be used for single women. Counselling is provided throughout this process so you are fully informed of all the factors involved in donation.
- Some couples are fortunate enough to collect a large number of embryos from one egg collection.
Any remaining viable embryos that are not transferred into the woman’s uterus during the month of treatment may be frozen (“cryopreserved”) in small tubes and kept in storage in the embryo laboratory for future use.
This allows the patient to limit the number of embryos transferred “fresh” without sacrificing the chance that the unused embryos could lead to a pregnancy...
Before implantation in the womb, embryos must hatch out of their shell (called the zona pellucida). Assisted Zona Hatching (AZH) is a technique designed to assist embryos to hatch successfully.
It involves creating a small hole in the zona pellucida of the developing embryo following IVF or ICSI, through which the embryo can ‘hatch’. This is performed on the third day following egg collection, immediately prior to embryo transfer. It is usually recommended in women who have had several unsuccessful IVF attempts despite producing good embryos. It is not usually recommended as a first-line treatment as the process can occasionally damage the embryo.
Sperm may be stored at the Unit for a variety of reasons, including as a back up for fertility treatments or prior to patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery that might lead to them becoming infertile. Very low sperm counts or sperm retrieved directly from the testes (MESE and TESE samples) can also be stored for future treatment at the Unit.
We can also provide sperm freezing as a temporary backup in cases where the man finds it difficult to produce a sperm sample or has to be away at the time of treatment
- Failure to conceive and fertility treatment is well recognised to cause enormous emotional, and in many cases also physical and financial stress in couples.
It can also generate feelings of conflict and put a great strain on relationships. The Finney Hospital has a dedicated, experienced fertility counsellor available to help you at all stages of your investigations or treatment who will offer you the chance to talk openly about your feelings and provide guidance and advice as needed...