The Egg Donation Process:
The following is a step by step summary of what the egg donation process entails. Keep in mind that the first donation cycle takes around 2-3 months on average. Subsequent cycles could take around 1-2 months to complete.
The active egg donor is selected by an intended parent from The World Egg Bank’s roster. Once selected, the donor coordinator will contact the donor to see if she is available to cycle.
Initial lab testing includes blood typing, GC/chlamydia testing as well as determining the donor’s AMH. AMH is the donor’s ovarian reserve which is an indicator as to how well they will retrieve.
The donor will go through a thorough psychological evaluation to ensure she is mentally fit and prepared for the egg donation process. She will also engage in genetic counselling and DNA testing.
The donor will go to the clinic to have a physical, and a vaginal ultrasound to check the state of her ovaries. During this appointment she will also be prescribed birth control to sync her menstrual cycle to where it needs to be for retrieval.
A few weeks after the initial appointment the donor’s retrieval date will be set and she will go back to clinic to receive medication training and her medical calendar. The medications the donor will be taking are self-administered injections that will stimulate the ovarian follicles to produce and mature eggs as well as temporarily suppress ovulation. These injections span between 10-14 days.
While taking the injections the donor is required to attend 6-10 monitoring appointments for routine blood test and ultrasounds to ensure her body is responding accordingly to the stimulants. During one of these appointments the donor will be instructed how and when to take the trigger shot, which is taken 36 hours before retrieval.
The retrieval procedure takes about 15-30 minutes. It’s a minimally invasive, outpatient surgery where an ultrasound guided needle is inserted through the vaginal wall into the ovarian follicles to extract the matured eggs. The donor will be put under twilight sedation so she will not experience any pain during, or have recollection of, the procedure.
After retrieval the donor will not be able to drive or exert herself. Most donors associate the symptoms related to retrieval of that of a bad period ie: discomfort, cramping, bloating, fatigue. We suggest all our donors to spend the day of retrieval relaxing in bed and giving their body time to recover. Most donors can return to work and their normal day to day activities within 24 hours. Keep in mind that every body is different, so symptoms and recovery time can vary from person to person.
Financial reimbursement for the donor’s time and effort put forth in the donation cycle will be paid via check and given to you on the day of retrieval. The amount varies between $3,000-$6,000 as per the Guidelines for Gamete Donation established by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
After the donor has completed her cycle she will be contacted by the donor coordinator to see if she would like to be re-activated on The World Egg Bank’s roster for future selection. A donor can donate up to 6 times.
At The World Egg Bank we realize that our egg donors are the heart and soul of our business. Not only are they compassionate women who donate to help our recipients, but they also are one of our greatest recruiting tools. We offer $50 for every woman that becomes active due to a referral.
If you have additional questions regarding the donation process email firstname.lastname@example.org