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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 technologies
  • to test new medications and approaches to infertility treatment

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 (pgd).

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 history.

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 partner 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, at 1-866-50-DONOR.

Background Information:

Egg Donation Cycle

For Recipients:

Egg Donation - Recipient Information
Egg Donor Agencies
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For Donors:

Egg Donation - Donor Information
Egg Donation - Egg Donor Application

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Additional Information Can Be Found Below:

Research Data Collection - Clinical & Laboratory Databases
IVF Research - Ongoing Projects and Scientific Breakthroughs
Scientific Articles - Published Research