Our Egg Donors are between the ages of 19-32 years old.
They are anonymous and non-anonymous
The Egg Donor Process is divided into two parts: screening and treatment.
The egg donors undergo psychological, genetic and medical screening.
The psychological screening that all egg donors undergo is to evaluate their motivation and suitability as well as to look for possible inherited psychological disorders.
The egg donors are required to speak with a genetic counselor and be genetically tested per the recommendation of your physician. Your physician will help you decide what genetic tests are necessary.
Once the psychological and genetic screening has been completed for your egg donor, your physician will screen the egg donor to make sure she is healthy. The doctor will perform an ultrasound and order various hormone measurements to estimate the egg donor’s ovarian response to the stimulation protocol.
In addition, the doctor will run blood tests for infectious diseases, genetic tests and drug screen. After the egg donor is medically, legally and financially cleared, she may begin the egg donation process which includes undergoing ovulatory stimulation. The menstrual cycles of the egg donor and the Intended Mom or of the Surrogate will be synchronized, often using birth control pills.
The egg donors can take a variety of different fertility medication depending on the donor and the treating physician. The Intended Mother or Surrogate receives estrogen to build up the uterine lining and when close to the egg retrieval, progesterone is given to the recipient.
Most donors start on stimulation medication on their second day of their menstrual period. The stimulation medication prescribed to the egg donor will vary from physician to physician.
Generally the egg donor will take the stimulation hormones anywhere from 9 to 12 days. The egg retrieval is done at the doctor’s office while the egg donor is in a twilight sleep induced by anesthesia. An embryo will be transferred into the Intended Mother or of Surrogate’s uterus.
Your doctor may suggest to freeze unused embryos of high quality for future use.
For donors or surrogates who will need to travel out of town to have the egg retrieval or for the embryo transfer, the Intended Parent(s) are responsible to pay all expenses, including travel expenses for the egg or for the surrogate and a companion.