Steps to Egg Donation

About the Egg Donation Process

What Is the Process of Donating Your Eggs?

International Surrogacy Center (ISC) thanks you for taking the first step in the process of selling your eggs. We are continually amazed by the number of caring, selfless women like you who are willing to help give others the precious gift of a new life. Our intended parents are forever grateful for your incredible act of generosity.

This page describes the female egg donation process for donors. Please read it carefully so you understand what is involved before you make a final commitment.

The Egg Donor Application and Intake Process

You begin the egg donation process by completing the enrollment paperwork (donor application) and emailing it to ISC. We ask that you include 15 — 20 photos of yourself at various stages of life (newborn, toddler, teenager, etc.).

We cannot tell you exactly when you will be matched with your intended parent(s). You may wait anywhere from a few weeks to a year, depending on whether your physical and mental attributes match those sought by our intended parents.

After You Are Matched with Intended Parent(s)

At this time, ISC confirms your willingness to commit to the required time frame and location, which are determined by the intended parents and their in vitro fertilization (IVF) physician. All applicants must undergo criminal and psychological evaluations as well as personality testing.

You meet with an IVF physician who will discuss the medical aspects of the egg donation process 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 and genetic diseases as well as for drug and nicotine use. You must take precautions to avoid sexually transmitted diseases during your participation.

ISC is responsible for arranging independent legal representation for you. An attorney familiar with the process of selling eggs will review all points in the legal agreements you will be signing and make sure you understand the relevant information.

Once matched with an intended parent, the egg donor work-up and screening process typically take 6 – 10 weeks. You should continue to be flexible during this time and provide the agency with all relevant information regarding the egg donor process, including changes to your initial application and personal obligations that may impact the egg donation schedule.

Information About the Medication Cycle

After being accepted as an egg donor, your next menstrual period usually becomes the starting date of the donor cycle. Approximately 21 days after the onset of your period, a series of injectable egg donor medications begins and continues 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. The IVF doctor will provide all the necessary information regarding the medications and detailed instructions for their correct use.

During this time, you will be scheduled for approximately 6 – 7 morning appointments at the fertility center’s IVF unit for the purpose of monitoring your progress on the medication and determining if your ovaries are properly stimulating egg production. You must reliably communicate with the nursing staff and your case manager while you are on the medication.

You will be given instructions to take the final injection, or “trigger” shot, at a precise time. This injection causes the eggs to go through their final phase of maturation and readies them for scheduled retrieval by the physician.

Information About Egg Donor Retrieval

On the day of your egg 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. Using a vaginal ultrasound probe, the physician guides a small needle through the vaginal wall to reach the ovaries and retrieve the mature eggs.

While the actual procedure takes only 20 to 30 minutes, you should expect to be at the IVF center for about 3 hours on the day of egg retrieval. You may experience some fatigue or cramping afterward, and you should plan to spend the remainder of the day relaxing at home. By the following day, you should be able to resume light to normal activities. You must refrain from any strenuous physical activity until the physician instructs you otherwise.