Your physician has recommended that you proceed with donor Oocyte and/or surrogacy treatment to achieve your goal of having a family. In an effort to give you a rough timeline for treatment, we have included the following letter to help clarify the process. This process can take a minimum of three to four months to complete.

  1. First, your home office nurse will work with you and your partner to complete the necessary pre IVF workup requirements and make sure they are current.
  2. Once the testing is complete and normal then you will be advised to consult with the Donor Coordinator for agency selection process. Then you will work with the agency to secure a donor/ surrogate.
  3. Once a donor/surrogate has been secured, she will work with one of our IVF Donor Coordinators at our River North Clinic. They will ensure that all the necessary testing and appointments are completed.
  4. Once your donor/surrogate testing is completed and normal, the donor coordinator will contact you to review protocol, medication and a definite timeline for the IVF procedures.

This process can be very tedious and stressful. Remember that all of the above must be completed to proceed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your home office nurse prior to being matched with a donor/surrogate.

We are here to assist you in achieving your goal and will make every attempt to make this process as stress free as possible.

As you prepare for this IVF treatment cycle, we have prepared some information to assist you in the process.  We have divided it into sections and it is very important that you follow the steps as they are listed — this will help ensure a smooth transition into an Egg Donation.

PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS/ STEPS:

  1. Call financial coordinator, regarding insurance coverage/financial responsibility specific to Third Party Reproduction.
    – If you plan your cycle at River North IVF, please call Alex Santoyo
    at 312-222-8200 ext. 23016.
    – If you plan your cycle at Highland Park IVF, please call Cindy Tracy
    at 847-266-3525.
  2. Schedule an appointment for patient and partner (mandatory) to meet with an FCI psychologist,
    – Dr. Marie Davidson or Dr. Ariadna Cymet Lanski: 877-324-4483.
  3. Arrange all required prescreen testing with your FCI home office.  Your prescreen workup is to be current within 18 months and completed prior to the selection and match process for your third party donor and/ or surrogate candidate.
  4. Contact your Third Party Nurse Coordinator for a consultation to review the logistics of treatment and the third party donor and/ or surrogate process, after:
    – Your prescreen workup completion has been completed (see attached list)
    – You have received confirmation of insurance coverage.
    – You have been informed of your IVF treatment protocol by either your physician or office nurse.

The following is a list of testing for EGG DONOR RECIPIENTS.  This checklist must be completed before an Egg Donor treatment cycle can be started. All workup must be completed prior to confirmation of an egg donor match.

Female Partner/Egg Donor Recipient:

  • ABO/RH
  • Antibody Screen
  • Rubella IgG
  • Varicella IgG
  • Pap (with gyne; needed at least every three years or per gyne’s recommendation).

Following Tests need to be updated every 12 months (annually):

  • 40 years of age and older:  Mammogram.
  • 45 years of age and older:  EKG and medical clearance letter from OB/MFM.
  • 50 years of age and older:  Requires FCI Physician Peer Review to Proceed.
    Also needs: everything above plus cardiac stress test, lipoprotein panel, 3-hr glucose tolerance test—all with PCP.
  • Uterine cavity evaluation (Saline Sonohysterogram or HSG)

Following Tests need to be updated every 18 months:

  • HIV 1 and 2
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
  • Hepatitis C
  • RPR
  • TSH
  • Prolactin
  • CBC
  • Urine for GC/Chlamydia
  • CMV IGG & CMV IGM: Needed only if to use a sperm donor.

Male Partner/Egg Donor Recipient:

  • Semen analysis (annually).
  • Frozen semen backup (AFTER infectious disease screening is completed on both partners).

Following Tests need to be updated every 18 months:

  • HIV 1 and 2
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
  • Hepatitis C
  • RPR

UPON COMPLETION OF ALL TESTING AND CONFIRMATION BY HOME OFFICE NURSE THAT ALL RESULTS ARE NORMAL, PLEASE CALL YOUR THIRD PARTY COORDINATOR (APPROPRIATE CARD TO BE GIVEN BY HOME OFFICE NURSE)

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS/APPOINTMENTS ARE TO BE ARRANGED BY THIRD PARTY COORDINATOR ONLY