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The Egg Donor Process

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We help ensure a smooth process and a positive egg donor experience.

Years of experience navigating the potential pitfalls facing egg donors, coupled with our understanding of the delicate synchronization of donor cycles, enable us to provide superb egg donor education. We give you the best chance to maximize the rewards and mitigate the complexities of being an egg donor. An advocate throughout the process, ConceiveAbilities provides egg donors with the best access to egg donor information, legal guidance, and care management available to help ensure a smooth and positive experience.

Step1
Application & Intake
Step2
Matching & Screening
Step3
The Medication Cycle
Step4
Egg Retrieval
  • Information about the Egg Donor Application and Intake Process

    • Thoroughly complete our secure online egg donor application. 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.
    • Complete enrollment paperwork.
    • Undergo psychosocial evaluation and any necessary personality testing.
    • Go to Step 2

  • 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 determined by the intended parents and their treating physician.
    • Meet with a physician who will discuss the medical aspects of egg donation, prescribe hormonal birth control, perform a physical exam and draw 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.
    • ConceiveAbilities will arrange independent legal representation for you. An attorney familiar with egg donation will cover all points in the legal agreements you will sign 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 your Match Manager and nurse coordinator all relevant information regarding the egg donor process, including changes to your initial application and personal obligations which may impact the egg donation schedule.

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  • 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 Match 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.
    • Go to Step 4

  • Information about Egg Donor Retrieval

    • 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.
    • On the day of retrieval you will need a companion to accompany you to the fertility center and to drive you home.
    • The following day you should be able to resume light to normal activities but refrain from any strenuous physical activity until the physician gives clearance.

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