Donor Egg IVF

Donor Egg IVF (DIVF) Program: The IVF Program at UNC Chapel Hill has an anonymous donor oocyte (donor egg) program. This technology offers the possibility of pregnancy to women who have been diagnosed with premature menopause, women whose ovaries have been removed and women whose own eggs are of poor quality and who failed to conceive even after several IVF procedures.

The donors are young women who have been selected after careful screening which includes a thorough medical history, family history, genetic screening, psychological assessment, as well as physical examination and testing for sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.

The eggs (oocytes) are retrieved from the ovaries of the donor after egg development has been stimulated by administration of fertility drugs (gonadotropins). The eggs are then fertilized with the partner's sperm and placed within the uterus of the recipient 2 to 6 days after fertilization occurred.  The recipient's uterus must be prepared to receive a pregnancy. This is accomplished by suppression of ovarian function (in those recipients who are not menopausal) with a medication called Lupron and by administration of estrogen and progesterone. The response of the recipient's endometrium (lining of the uterus) is assessed by hormone measurements in blood and by ultrasound measurements

The donor egg program at UNC is highly successful and offers a pregnancy rate of approximately 50-60% per treatment cycle.  For more information about donating eggs, please click here.