Bennett Fertility Institute (BFI) was established in 1984. 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.
Who Can Donate?
Women who are age 21-35, healthy, nonsmokers, who know their medical and family history and live within driving distance of less than several hours from Oklahoma City, are eligible to proceed with the application process. Once the screening process is completed, the program director and coordinator will determine whether the donor candidate may proceed.
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 (eggs are retrieved). This compensation is in line with the average compensation of donors in our region.
Donation of Cryopreserved (frozen) Eggs from Donor Egg Bank USA
Bennett Fertility Institute offers eggs from donors screened by its staff (“fresh egg donation”) as well as eggs that are stored frozen (cryopreserved) at Donor Egg Bank USA (www.DEBUSA.com). Egg freezing and storage (oocyte cryopreservation) is a relatively new technique compared with 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 5 years, uncertainties about success rates with frozen eggs still exist.
The donor egg bank screens and financially compensates the egg donor. It charges the recipient separately for the donated eggs. Costs of recipient evaluation and fertilization in the laboratory and embryo transfer are charged by Bennett Fertility Institute.