Q: How do I get started with TED?
A: You can immediately visit our donor database. We do not charge for access to our database.
Q: How many donors do you have? Are they the same donors that the other agencies have?
A: We have over 150 donors currently approved and available. In addition to our approved and available donors, we have over 8,000 other donors who are have submitted thier application online which can also be viewed by you. New online donors are added to the site every day.
Q: How do your costs work?
A: Please see the “costs” section of our site, under “Services” for detailed information on the costs of egg donation with TED. As your advocate, we pledge to continually find ways to make this process as affordable as possible. The TED cost only describes the donor's compenstaion, which goes directly to the donor. For other associated cost, such as medications and IVF procedures, you must have a consultation with our physician at RGI/IHR.
Q: Is this confidential?
A: Yes. Any correspondence we send you by mail will include our address and, possibly, the letters TED, but not the words Egg Donation. In addition, any phone messages to your home or office will be left with our names and TED, unless you have approved us to do otherwise. The only exception to this will be communication to you via your personal cell phone number or email address.
Q. Who can be a recipient?
A. In general, any woman with a medical or genetic indication for using an egg donor can be a recipient, if there are no medical contraindications to pregnancy.
Q. Who are the egg donors?
A. We have made a huge effort to provide a large selection of screened and pre-screened donors. They are primarily recruited from colleges and suburban communities, including many young women with Doctoral level educations. Information available to you on all donors includes physical characteristics, ethnic background, educational record, occupation, special interests.
Q. Is gender selection an option?
A. We can refer you for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) which is the most accurate technique for gender selection.
Q. Who should consider becoming a recipient of Donor eggs?
A. Women who have diminished ovarian function and are unable to produce good quality eggs, women who lack ovaries, or those who have non-functioning ovaries due to chemotherapy, radiation or premature menopause. In addition, women who have not responded well to ovarian drug therapy or have persistently produced poor-quality eggs during previous IVF attempts. Women carrying genetically transmitted diseases may also seek donated eggs.
Q. What are your program requirements for a Recipient?
A. Recipients must be healthy and have a normal uterus or have a Surrogate that has been psychologically screened and has signed legal contracts.
Q. What is egg donation?
A. The synchronizing of the menstrual cycles of the Egg Donor and the Recipient mother, followed by the stimulation of Donors ovaries to produce multiple follicles. The next step is the retrieval of the eggs by ultrasound-guided catheter. These eggs are then fertilized in a glass dish. Some of the resulting embryos are placed into the uterus of the recipient mother. A pregnancy test is administered approximately 10-14 days after the implantation. Typically the resulting pregnancy is supported with hormones for the first eight weeks.
Q. Do you advertise for Donors or recruit them from colleges?
A. Notably, unlike many other programs, we do not solicit Egg Donors nor do we advertise for them. All of the Donors in our program have located us on their own as a result of their due diligence and research. You can therefore be assured that these woman are mature, thoughtful, and have considered all the ramifications involved in committing to such a process without any outside influences effecting their decision.
Q. What fees are paid to the Donor?
A. An Egg Donor's fee is $6,500. Your donor will be compensated upon successful egg retrieval and transfer.
Q. Are all your Donors available now?
A. Not necessarily. The answer depends on when you are ready to proceed. Donors that are students may have restrictions due to their examination schedules. Some Donors may be currently helping a Recipient Couple, but may become available later for a future donation. Upon request we will give you a status report on each of your chosen Donors.
Q. What are the ages of your Egg Donors?
A. Most of our Donors are between the ages of 21 years to 30 years.
Q. What information can I get regarding my chosen Donor?
A. You are entitled to a comprehensive, 20-page profile of the donor, as well as copies of pictures if available.
Q. What are the advantages of egg donation?
A. The ability to experience a pregnancy. A viable alternative to adoption. Provides more control of the prenatal environment and health of the child. Allows the husband to be the genetic father while permitting the wife to be the biological mother. Allows a Couple to choose a Donor with similar characteristics to the recipient
Q. What kind of a person becomes an Egg Donor?
A. A bright and attractive woman between the ages of 21 years and 30 years, of any ethnic background, preferably with a college degree or presently pursuing a college degree and is in excellent health.
Q. What is the chance of us achieving a pregnancy if we proceed with egg donation?
A. Generally a couple has between 65-75% chance of achieving a pregnancy with the help of a young, healthy Egg Donor.
Q. How can we get more information about an egg donor?
A. If you are interested in a specific egg donor, you may request us to send you a detailed egg donor profile.
Q. Can I use my doctor?
A. No. TED is affiliated with the Advanced Institute for Infertility, located in Chicago, Illinois. Your egg donor cycle must be performed at the Advanced Institute for Infertility. We will be happy to help you make travel arrantements.
Q. How do I establish the criteria of what I want in a donor?
A. This is, clearly, completely subjective. Whatever the egg donor’s physical and psychological makeup, this is still only half of the equation. Which attributes are dominant (i.e. which appear in the resulting child) are often just as likely to come from the sperm side of the equation as from the ovum (egg) side. In addition, these attributes might come from previous generations of the egg or sperm provider. A donor is only part of the equation and there are no guarantees that the baby will look just like her. In our experience most satisfied egg donor recipients seem to be those that first select the ethnicity of the biological mother as closely as possible, then one or two physical characteristics or interests. Mostly, new mothers are just looking for a healthy, happy child!
Q. Do you provide our information to the donor?
A. No. The donor will not receive any identifying information regarding the donor recipient, nor will the donor recipient receive any identifying information regarding the egg donor.