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Third Party Program

Third Party Program
Third Party Reproduction involves the use of another person either known or anonymous to assist a person or couple in achieving pregnancy. The most common ways this occurs is as follows:

At Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center we offer Egg Donation and InVitro Fertilization (IVF) with a Gestational Carrier as ways to achieve pregnancy. We have one of the largest programs in the Bay Area. We work with donor agencies to help you identify the donor (anonymous donor) who will best suit your needs and/or with someone who is known to you (known donor) prior to starting your treatment (e.g. sister, cousin or friend). The same is true of our Gestational Carrier program.

We do not offer Traditional Surrogacy (the person providing the eggs also carries the baby) or adoption services. While we do not provide adoption services, our Emotional Support program provides help and support to couples interested in this option.

What is the Donor Oocyte Program?

The Donor Oocyte Program (DOP) was established to help women who are unable to produce their own eggs (Oocytes) or have poor quality eggs. The donated eggs are fertilized with the sperm of the recipient’s partner (or donor), and after incubation in the laboratory for 3-5 days, they are transferred to the uterus of the recipient. This process is known as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). To date, there have not been any legal problems with the parentage of these children since the birth mother is recognized as the legal mother.

How is a Donor Egg Cycle Done?

Donor egg cycles use the same technology we use for standard IVF. The egg donor undergoes ovulation induction with fertility enhancing medication. The eggs are retrieved by ultrasound guided aspiration. The embryos are replaced with a small catheter into the recipient’s uterus 3-5 days after the egg retrieval. The recipient’s cycle is synchronized to that of the donor by using a combination of hormonal supplements. Once pregnant, the recipient is maintained on hormones throughout the first 3 months.

What Are The Requirements For Recipients?

The recipient must be age 50 or less and in good health to be accepted in the program. Women between ages of 44 and 50 must undergo additional medical evaluation to screen for health problems that could affect pregnancy.

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