INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility

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3433 NW 56th
Bldg. B, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Egg Donation in Oklahoma

Bennett Fertility Institute (BFI) was established in 1985. The egg donation program was initiated in 1995 in order to assist women who are unable to produce viable eggs. The process of egg donation involves an egg donor and a recipient couple. The donor's eggs are inseminated in the laboratory with the recipient's husband's sperm. One or two embryos (fertilized eggs) are then transferred three to five days later into the recipient's uterus. Excess embryos, if viable, are frozen for future conceptions by the recipient couple.

Currently, BFI does NOT recruit new egg donors.. Egg donors previously evaluated and screened at BFI may still be available.

Donor Screening Requirements

  • Initial screening form

  • Full Medical and Family History Questionnaire

  • Interview (face-to-face)with program coordinator and director

  • Blood tests (HIV, hepatitis, blood type, and syphilis)

  • Urine tests (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea)

  • Psychological evaluation with a counselor

  • Genetic testing (selective)

  • Donors of eggs from an egg bank (see below) may be subjected to additional screening test

Egg Donor Compensation

(This applies only to egg donors screened at Bennett Fertility Institute. Donors evaluated and screened by an egg bank (see below) will be compensated by the egg bank.) The egg donor will receive $5,000 once the process is completed (when eggs are retrieved).This compensation is in line with the average compensation of donors in our region.

Currently, given the availability of eggs from national egg banks, BF/ does NOT accept new applications from prospective egg donors.

Donation of Cryopreserved (frozen) Eggs from Donor Egg Bank USA

Bennett Fertility Institute offers eggs from donor s previously screened by its staff ("fresh egg donation") as well as eggs that are stored frozen (cryopreserved) at Donor Egg Bank USA (DEBUSA.com)Egg freezing and storage (oocyte cryopreservation) is a relatively new technique compared to fresh egg donation or embryo storage. Current studies show similar fertilization and pregnancy rates from frozen compared with "fresh" eggs. Given that frozen eggs have been commercially used in egg donation only in the past 6 years, uncertainties about success rates with frozen eggs still exist.

The donor egg bank screens and financially compensates the egg donor. It charges the recipients separately for the donated eggs. Costs of recipient evaluation and fertilization in the laboratory and embryo transfer are charged by Bennett Fertility Institute.

Egg Donation Information

Learn more about the process of egg donation at INTEGRIS Bennett Fertility.

Donor
Seven weeks of treatment: 
Week 1-3: oral contraceptive pills (one visit) 
Week 4-5: daily Lupron injections (one visit) 
Week 6: 2-3 injections daily of fertility drugs (4-5 visits) 
Week 7: Egg retrieval (under IV sedation) (one visit) 

Recipient
Mock cycle
 (approximately 6 weeks): 
Week 1-2: daily Lupron injections (one visit) 
Week 3-4: estrogen skin patches (one visit) 
Week 5-6: progesterone (vaginal supplements or injections) 
Endometrial biopsy (one visit)

Actual cycle (approximately 5-6 weeks) 
Week 1-2: daily Lupron injections 
Week 3-4: estrogen skin patches (one visit) 
Week 5: appointment for husband (sperm specimen) 
Week 5-6: Embryo transfer (one visit)


How many times can a donor donate eggs?

While nationally, the maximum number of egg donation cycles is six, at BFI it is limited to four.

While the process of egg donation is relatively safe, potential complications to the donor include surgical risks (bleeding, infection, injury, anesthesia risks); fertility medication administration risks and side effects (hyperstimulation syndrome, unintended pregnancy with multiple births, mood swings, abdominal pain, injection site discomfort); and unknown risks. While the process of egg donation, which has been practiced in the world for more than 20 years, has not been shown to affect the donor’s fertility status, age of menopause or cancer risks, adverse effects may be revealed with further experience in the future.
In the State of Oklahoma, an egg donation law has been in existence since 1990 (10 OS: 554-555). It specifically calls the recipient couple the sole parents of the child so born, with the egg donor having no rights or responsibilities to the child.

An Egg Donor's Story

A Recipient's Story

A Couple's Journey