Egg Donor Process Step by Step
Information about the Egg Donor Application and Intake Process
- Thoroughly complete our secure online questionnaire. Selected candidates will be interviewed during which time the process will be covered in detail and all egg donor program information and issues will be addressed.
- Your donation is anonymous and confidential.
- You can donate within your area or out of state.
Information about Egg Donor Matching, Medical Screening, and Legal Consultation
- Upon being selected by an intended parent, we will confirm your ability to commit to the time frame and location to be determined by the intended parents and their treating physician.
- We will schedule a psychological evaluation to determine if you are a fit for egg donation.
- Meet with a physician who will discuss the medical aspects of egg donation with you, perform a physical exam, prescribe hormonal birth control and draw your blood for testing. You may be tested for hormone levels, infectious diseases, genetic diseases as well as drugs and nicotine. You must take precautions to remain free from sexually transmitted diseases at all times during your enrollment.
- Fertility Heaven will arrange independent legal representation for you. An attorney familiar with egg donation will cover all points in the legal agreements you will be signing and ensure you feel knowledgeable about the information. It is important to understand that (much like blood or other tissue donation), once the eggs have been retrieved, you are relinquishing all rights and decision making authority for the eggs and any embryos created as a result.
Once matched with an intended parent, the egg donor work-up and screening process typically last 6-10 weeks. You should continue to be flexible during this time and communicate with the agency all relevant information regarding the egg donor process, including changes to your initial application and personal obligations which may impact the egg donation schedule.
Information for Egg Donors about The Medication Cycle
- Your next menstrual period will usually become the starting date of the donor cycle. Approximately twenty-one days after the onset of your period, a series of injectable egg donor medications will begin and continue until approximately 36 hours before the egg retrieval. The injections are small, subcutaneous (just below the skin’s surface) shots used to stimulate egg maturation within the ovaries. You will be given exact instructions and all of the necessary information by the medical center on how to take the medication.
- During this time, you’ll be assigned approximately six to seven morning appointments at the fertility center’s IVF (in-vitro fertilization) unit for the purpose of monitoring your progress on the medication and determining if your ovaries are stimulating properly. The appointments are usually between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. You must reliably communicate with the nursing staff and your case manager the entire time you are on the medication.
- You will be given instructions to take the final injection, or “trigger” shot at a precise time. This injection will cause the eggs to go through their final phase of maturation and will ready them for scheduled retrieval by the physician.
Information about Egg Donor Retrieval
- On the day of retrieval you will need a companion to accompany you to the fertility center and to drive you home.
- The actual egg retrieval usually requires twilight sedation, which is administered through an IV. The physician then uses a vaginal ultrasound probe to guide a small needle through the vaginal wall to reach the ovaries and retrieve the mature eggs. You should expect to be at the IVF center for about three hours on the day of egg retrieval (the actual procedure takes only 20 to 30 minutes) and possibly experience some fatigue or cramping afterwards. Plan on spending the remainder of the day relaxing at home.
- The following day you should be able to resume light to normal activities but refrain from any strenuous physical activity until the physician instructs you otherwise.