Information about the Egg Donor Application and Intake Process
- Complete enrollment paperwork (donor application) and email to agency
- Email 15-20 pictures (newborn, toddler, teenager, etc)
- We cannot estimate when you will be matched, It can be anywhere from a few weeks to a year. It depends on if you have physical or mental attributes that the Intended Parents are looking for.
Once matched with Intended Parents
- Upon being selected by an Intended Parent, we will confirm that you are able to commit to the time frame and location, this is determined by the Intended Parents and their treating IVF physician.
- Undergo criminal and psychosocial evaluation and any necessary personality testing
- Meet with an IVF 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.
- ISC 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.
Once matched with an intended Parent, the egg donor work-up and screening process typically lasts about 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 IVF doctor on how to take the medications.
During this time, you will 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. 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 (very light 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.
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