GenPanel+ And Genetic Testing for Egg Donors

All new donors accepted into the Fairfax EggBank program are tested for an expanded list of genetic conditions. Donors are tested with the the most advanced genetic screening available when they join the program. Donors available on the website with the expanded panel are signified with a double helix by their donor number and those that are healthy carriers for a genetic condition will have a “C” in their donor ID. 

It is important to note that being a carrier is not the same as actually having the genetic condition in question; in fact, carriers do not have the condition and are expected to remain healthy. We are all carriers for several genetic conditions, only some of which can be detected with today’s technology. Being a carrier is part of being human – it’s normal.  

We understand how critical robust medical testing is in your quest to find the ideal egg donor. The chances of a child inheriting a genetic condition will vary based on whether the egg and sperm source are carriers for the same condition(s).

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Testing the Male Partner

How Do you Compare the Egg & Sperm Source Side-by-Side

Many male partners undergo genetic testing as part of the workup prior to donor egg IVF. Upwards of 70% will find they are a carrier for one or more genetic conditions.

If you know that you, your male partner or your sperm donor is a carrier, the availability of the details from our GenPanel+ screening of our egg donors will expedite the time it takes to find your suitable match. If you don’t know if your of your sperm source’s carrier status, we will recommend testing, and give you time to get the results. 

You’ll be able to see the condition(s) for which your Fairfax EggBank donor has tested positive in her Medical Profile, found on our donor database. Your reproductive endocrinologist and/or genetic counselor are recommended resources to help identify any required testing needed and to answer your questions. 

What to look for

Here is a quick guide to help you make a decision regarding your donor egg genetic carrier results when you receive the genetic test for your sperm source. The chart below demonstrates the risks to the child when the sperm source and donor eggs are tested for the same genes. *If either your donor or your sperm source tests positive, we recommend that you speak with a healthcare professional or genetic counselor before deciding to move forward with the donor.

Want To Learn More About A Donor’s Genetic Test Results? 

Contact Fairfax EggBank to get started. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Client Relations Specialist who will provide more information about the egg donor, her test results, and the next steps for moving forward. Our goal is to make your experience with us as informative, easy, and personalized as possible – so that we can fulfill our ultimate mission to help you have a healthy baby.

Carrier Donor Matching Process

If you are interested in a donor who has tested positive as a carrier for a certain genetic condition we will work with you to determine if the donor is a suitable match. You, and your clinic, will receive a Genetic Testing Summary report and acknowledgement form for the donor of interest. The report includes: 

  • The results of all genetic conditions for which the donor was tested 
  • Further details on any condition for which the donor tested positive 
  • Any recommendations on partner testing that should be completed 

Your Cohort Can Remain In Storage While You Test

Additional sperm source testing can take several weeks to complete. To give you time to take this important step, you can match with a donor, pay the cohort fees, and store the cohort at Fairfax EggBank. If within 60 days after payment your sperm source test results show that he is a carrier for the same condition(s) as the egg donor, then we will give you a full refund or help you select a different donor. 

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