The Donation Process
Are you considering being an egg donor? If so, we’d like to take the chance to say thank you. By even thinking about it, you’re taking the first step to helping a couple start a family, which is about the most amazing gift you could give anyone.
However, you’re probably wondering what’s involved. We believe in being open about every step of the egg donation process – so please find an explanation of how it all works below. Still feeling confused? Remember, we’re here to help, and we’re happy to answer all your questions.
- Upon your acceptance to our program, you will attend a mandatory new donor consultation to learn more about the egg donation process. Then, your profile will be added to our online password protected donor database for prospective parents to view.
- Prospective Parents are able to search the database based on their particular needs (similarity to the recipient mother, ethnic background, etc.) and select a donor.
- Upon selection, you will begin the initial appointments, starting with a psychological evaluation. This is done primarily to make sure that you are emotionally ready to perform what is required as a donor, also to get a little insight into your personality.
- Once we receive clearance from the psychologist, you will meet with an attorney to review your donor contract. Once we have received signed contracts from you and the prospective parents, you will have your medical evaluation.
- The medical evaluation will include several tests, blood work, a vaginal ultrasound, and also training so that you will know how to inject your medication when the time comes.
- Soon, it will be time to begin your medications. The first phase involves a medication called Lupron. This is generally taken for about 12 days, by self-injection, once a day.
- You will then visit the fertility center for a blood test and an ultrasound in preparation for the next phase. After this, it starts getting pretty busy for you. The good news is, it’s almost over…
- The second phase is called the stimulation phase. This stimulation medication (FSH) is also given once a day via injection for about 10 days.
- The fertility center will have you visit about every other day between 8:00 am and 10:00 am during this 10 day timeframe. These mandatory appointments are brief and consist of an ultrasound and blood draw to determine your hormone levels in preparation for the retrieval.
- Toward the end of the 10 day timeframe, when your hormones have reached the appropriate level, the doctor will instruct you to take your final injection, called the “trigger” shot or hCG. This readies your ovaries for your retrieval procedure.
- About 34 hours after you give yourself the “trigger” shot, you will be at the fertility center for your egg retrieval procedure. You will be given a sedative which will put you into a semi-conscious state. The retrieval is performed internally via ultrasound. Most donors feel and remember nothing from their procedure. You are closely monitored by both your physician and anesthesiologist throughout the procedure.
- About thirty minutes later you will be awake. Most donors return to work/school the following day. Your donor compensation is mailed to you after the egg retrieval.