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Building Families through Egg Donation

Oftentimes infertile couples and individuals worry about finding the right solution for expanding their family. Contemporary medicine offers a variety of different ways to remedy infertility, with complicated names like Ovulation Induction, In Vitro Fertilization, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection and others. But which one to choose? All the available options can make one’s head spin. No doubt, it is a serious decision to make. Such decision is affected by multiple factors and should only be taken after consulting a qualified and experienced specialist. Many happy parents will attest that here at Park Avenue Fertility we have all the right answers for you and Dr. Andrew Levi will be happy to see you at one of our Connecticut locations. After a careful analysis of your specific case, he will be able to apply his extensive expertise and determine which treatment is just right for you.

One of the options, not to mention one of the most successful options, is conception through egg donation. Did you know that egg donation procedure has a long standing history of success and was discovered over a century ago? Studies on rabbits proved that when menstrual cycles of the donor and the recipient coincide, the chances of success are great. Well, you might say, this is nice but how will I know if the donated egg is trustworthy?

Let’s look closer at the screening process. A typical egg donor is 19-32 years old. With a young donor, the chances of a successful pregnancy are the greatest. And if you’re worried about choosing the perfect egg donor, you needn’t. The pre-screened egg donors are young and absolutely healthy, which makes the chances of pregnancy that much higher. The three chief methods of screening will weed out any unacceptable donors. These tests dig deep into the physiological and genetic pasts of the donors, as well as their health history:

The medical examination among others includes blood tests, ultrasound and a detailed physical exam to find if the donor has any diseases or abnormalities. Blood tests will help detect any health deviations as well as the hormone levels.

Through the genetic testing and counseling, the donor’s and her family’s genetic past is analyzed to determine whether there are any risk factors that may prove to be an issue.

The psychological examination is performed to indicate that the egg donor is fully suitable; to make sure she does not suffer from any psychological disorders, and is motivated to go through with the entire process without backing out.

The donor will be chosen by the recipient to ensure that the match is as close to perfect as possible. The matching is usually based on physical characteristics and genetic as well as ethnic backgrounds. After the matching is completed, the recipient’s uterus is prepared for the embryo and the implantation is timed according to her menstrual cycle. To further improve the odds, estrogen and progesterone are administered to the recipient, which stimulates and support uterine lining. After the process has been completed, and the pregnancy successfully established, the estrogen and progesterone intake continues for about 10 weeks. And voila! You’re well on your way to becoming a happy parent!

Through egg donation, many beautiful families have been created. The process is as anonymous as the recipient desires it to be. So, why not start today? Your future family is waiting for you!

Schedule your appointment at one of our Connecticut offices to find out which fertility solution is right for you. Dr. Andrew Levi is ready to address all your fertility concerns, and most importantly, he cares deeply about the welfare of his patients. You can learn more about egg donation and many other important topics on either of our websites,, or

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