For couples, or single women, who need help building a family, the Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology offers the following third party reproductive services:
We are proud to be in our 16th year of offering in vitro fertilization (IVF) with donated eggs.
Our staff is constantly recruiting young, healthy women to serve as egg donors for women who cannot provide their own eggs for their infertility treatment, due to:
The chance of achieving a pregnancy with donated eggs exceeds 60 percent.
Egg donation offers couples the ability to have:
A shared financial risk program helps reduce costs, or lessen the number of embryos created for couples who do not desire a larger family.
Recipients of donor eggs for IVF must:
Women 45 years or older will be required to obtain medical clearance.
While most couples request to be matched with a donor of similar ethnic background and physical characteristics, our coordinator will work with you to help you select a donor who meets your needs.
Careful medical screening, prior to matching recipients and donors, assists in establishing that the couple will likely achieve their goals.
Our staff counselor works with couples to make sure they are at ease with their decision to achieve a family through donated eggs.
Our wonderful egg donors are the foundation of our program. Egg donors are recruited from all walks of life in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
We rigorously screen and counsel all egg donors, to be sure they are totally comfortable with their decision to donate. We also screen donors to assure their eligibility, according to the current FDA regulations.
Our program is anonymous, though some recipient couples may choose to recruit or bring their own known or directed donor (such as a friend or family member).
We do permit couples who have unique criteria, to enlist the services of a donor recruiting agency.
Gestational surrogacy (sometimes referred to as “host uterus” or “gestational carrier”) may be appropriate for some couples who can provide their own eggs and sperm (or are willing to use a donor), but do not have a normal uterus to transfer the embryos to.
Gestational surrogacy is an appropriate option for women who have:
The Center does not recruit gestational surrogates.
Couples requiring the assistance of a gestational surrogate can find a carrier from:
Surrogates need to meet stringent criteria regarding their reproductive and medical histories, as well as being emotionally healthy and having good support systems.
The Center provides medical services and pre-conception psychological screening for the intended parents and the surrogate and her partner, if she has one.
Embryo donation is a small, but growing, program at the Center.
Couples who have completed their families, but have remaining embryos, may choose to donate them anonymously to couples who are willing to receive them, and for whom this option is medically appropriate.
Ideal candidates for embryo donation are those in need of both donated eggs and donated sperm, or single women who are beyond the normal reproductive age range.
All couples considering family building via donated embryos are counseled regarding this unique choice.
Eligibility for donation of embryos includes factors such as:
Donor couples give this very precious gift after:
Recipients of donated embryos gain the opportunity to:
Single women, or couples who have severe male factor problems or inability to produce sperm, may choose to use donor sperm to achieve a family.
Semen samples are obtained through one of several sperm banks, accredited by the American Tissue Bank, and registered with the FDA.
Pregnancy may be achieved using donor sperm samples through intrauterine insemination, or by in vitro fertilization (IVF) when indicated.
As with all third party reproductive arrangements, we recommend and offer counseling.