The Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science
of Saint Barnabas (IRMS) is recognized internationally for its ongoing
commitment to the advancement of reproductive medicine and science.
While providing valuable services related to direct patient treatment,
our laboratory and clinical staff are actively involved in medical
research designed to improve patient care.
Our scientific program has two components:
- the development of new and improved laboratory
- to test new medications and approaches to
Some of our protocols
are experimental in nature and are supervised
by the Internal Review Board of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, part
of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System.
The Institute has either introduced or substantially
improved many IVF-related procedures, including blastocyst transfer, cytoplasmic
transfer, cryopreservation, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis
To learn more about our research The Institute
maintains an active,
on-site egg donor program and links to outside egg donor agencies.
Egg donation is appropriate for women who cannot produce viable
eggs or who have chromosomal defects that make natural conception
dangerous or undesirable. The underlying problems include premature
ovarian failure or the loss of ovarian function from surgery or
chemotherapy secondary to cancer. Other women do not respond to
medication or have poor egg quality due to the delay in childbearing
or diminished ovarian reserve. Women with these or other infertility
problems are candidates for egg donation.
Our egg donors, usually between the ages of
21 and 32, are of
all ethnic backgrounds. Each undergoes comprehensive medical and
psychological screening before acceptance into the egg donor program.
To maintain privacy and confidentiality, donor couples and recipients
do not meet. However, nurses from our egg donor team carefully
match egg donors and recipients based on many factors including
hair color, eye color, skin tone, ethnicity, education and medical
As in other IVF cases, powerful hormones are
used to synchronize the natural cycles of the egg donor and recipient,
and fertilization occurs in the laboratory. Sperm, from the recipient
or a male sperm donor, are used to fertilize the female donor
egg. The resulting embryos are placed in the recipient's
uterus, which has been prepared to promote and sustain pregnancy.
For more information on becoming an egg donor,
please contact IRMS toll free,
Donation - Recipient Information
Donation - Donor Information
Donation - Egg Donor Application
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Data Collection - Clinical & Laboratory
Research - Ongoing Projects and Scientific
Articles - Published Research