A simple way of explaining the egg donation process would be to break it down into seven different phases:
In this post we aim to provide a more detailed perspective on what to expect during the medical screening portion of the egg donor process. We also hope to equip readers with tips for a smooth medical screening process.
So, you have applied to work with a reputable egg donor agency, been accepted and featured among their egg donor listings. Now you have just received the call that an intended parent has selected you and is eager to move forward with the process.
So what happens next? Your medical screening.
Once you have confirmed your availability with your agency, the next step is to obtain medical clearance. To do this you must complete a medical screening at your IP’s (intended parents’) IVF clinic. This step of the egg donor process ensure that you are healthy and medically eligible to participate in an egg donation.
Each IVF clinic has their own protocol for screening egg donors. Some centers will require egg donors to come in for an all-day appointment, while other centers will divide the screening process into two separate appointments. That said, many IVF centers are able to conduct the entire screening process during a 2 or 3 hour appointment.
Your Match Manager or agency liaison will likely have prior experience working with your IP’s IVF clinic and they should be able to provide you with a specific understanding of what to expect, as well as guide you in arranging your medical screening appointment(s).
We can not say for certain exactly what to expect at your medical screening. Again, all IVF clinics have their own protocol but it’s reasonable to anticipate that your screening will include the majority of the below:
Let’s not pretend that we didn’t just casually include on our list an “an ultrasound,
What is that about?
The internal ultrasound at your screening will require an ultrasound technician to insert a small, ultrasound probe vaginally. This will allow the tech to check your ovaries. Do not stress, these ultrasounds are not painful. They are better described as uncomfortable, similar in sensation to having a pap performed.
In addition to all the above listed medical procedures, some IVF clinics also include a mental health evaluation at their screenings. These evaluations usually consist of an interview with a mental health professional and a standardized test.
As you can see, a lot goes into egg donor screenings. It is a very thorough process, during which nearly every aspect of your well-being will be evaluated.
Obtaining medical clearance is a big step in your egg donor journey and achieving it will be a very exciting milestone for your IPs. Taking simple steps to properly prepare for your screening and also taking advantage of your time with clinic staff can save you and your IPs the heartache and grief of unnecessary delays, and fast track you towards retrieval day.
Here are some pro tips for making certain that your screening goes as smoothly as possible.
Most clinics take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to provide the results of an egg donor screening. Although that time may seem to fly by for you, rest assured, it will be a long and agonizing 2-4 week wait for the IP(s), who have their hearts set on working with you.
Once you receive the good news of your medical clearance it is on to the legal portion of the egg donor process. After which you will begin taking injections for your IVF cycle, moving ever closer to your retrieval.
We hope this post has provided you with some helpful insights into the medical screening portion of the egg donor process.
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Egg donation is one of the noblest and most gracious gifts a person could ever bestow upon another. It really is hard to overstate the impact an egg donor has on the lives of others. We applaud your intentions and wish you the very best of luck in this and all future endeavors.
All Things Conceivable is a blog dedicated to sharing the knowledge and expert opinions of the dedicated team at ConceiveAbilities, a Chicago-based egg donation and surrogacy agency.