Becoming an Egg Donor

Becoming an Egg Donor

2008-2014 Donor Egg IVF Success Rates (Pregnancy) at EmBIO

Year

Embryo Transfers

Clinical Pregnancies

Clinical Pregnancy Rate
per Embryo Transfer

2014 608 395 65%
2013 510 360 70.588%
2012 490 338 69%
2011 503 350 70%
2010 449 291 65%
2009 358 243 68%
2008 309 191 62%
 

 

Steps for becoming an egg donor

 

If you are considering becoming a donor, and are a healthy, accomplished, and attractive young woman between the ages of 20 and 30, we hope you will consider our program.

Step 1

The very first but equally important step is that you spend time reading about the egg donation process provided on this website. This is because after receiving information and counselling, donors are requested to give their consent to Egg Donation. It is important to note that they are free to modify or even withdraw their consent at any time until the embryos are transferred to the recipient.

Step 2

The next step is to fill out our brief form. This determines your eligibility to proceed. If approved, you may complete the extensive, secure online application. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

When you are accepted into our donor egg program, we will be meeting with you to explain the procedure in greater detail, but here are a few key points that you will want to be aware of:

  • The duration of the cycle is about three weeks.
  • You will be required to have several blood tests during the cycle. You will have a genetic screening and be tested for AIDS and other transmittable diseases. Your partner (if any) will need to be tested for AIDS and Hepatitis.
  • You will be required to have several visits to the reproductive specialist during your cycle. Some of these visits will be on weekends or early in the morning. The reproductive physician will perform several vaginal ultrasounds, which are painless.
  • You will be taking fertility hormones in the form of injections for about three weeks. The procedure does not impact your own fertility. The doctors will be removing eggs which you would be losing that month anyway.
  • The retrieval itself takes 30 minutes. There are no incisions, and you are in a light sleep the entire time.
  • The side effects are mild, temporary, and may include bloating, cramping, mood swings and possibly spotting.

Step 3

Once you have been accepted the next step is to complete a very detailed application, which initiates our screening process and serves as your introduction to the prospective parents. Once a couple has selected you as their anonymous donor, Embio will contact you to schedule some appointments for the following tests and evaluations:

a.psychological consultation

b.medicalevaluation including a pelvic ultrasound

c. consult with the clinical coordinator (she will explain your role as an ovum donor in the program and give you medical instructions to be followed)

d. blood draw to test for hepatitis, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STD's), and hormone levels.

Step 4 Stimulation

Then we deal with your ovaries. These will then be stimulated to grow the eggs. You will learn to give yourself daily injections of hormones for 2-3 weeks. Your schedule will need to be flexible to accommodate the many appointments you will be required to have to monitor your response to the hormones. The monitoring will include blood draws and ultrasound examinations. The fertility drugs you will be taking will cause you to produce several eggs and when they are mature enough, a retrieval procedure that extracts the eggs from the ovaries is scheduled at the clinic.

Step 5 EGG RETRIEVAL

The egg retrieval will occur about 36 hours after the injection of HCG. Egg retrievals are usually scheduled early in the morning (between 7:30 a.m. and noon). The method by which the eggs are retrieved at Embio is an ultrasound directed needle aspiration. This is a procedure, performed under anesthesia, such that you will be totally comfortable and pain-free. The ultrasound probe with a needle guide is placed in the vagina, which allows an aspiration needle to be inserted through the upper portion of the vagina directly into the ovary. The ultrasound image allows the physician to accurately guide the needle into each follicle for aspiration or "suction". As the fluid is aspirated, the egg is released and collected in the laboratory.

The retrieval process takes approximately 15-30 minutes. Following the retrieval you are asked to remain at the clinic for one to two hours to recover from the anesthesia. You must plan on having someone available to drive you home as you have been under the effects of anesthesia and cannot (by law) drive yourself home or take public transportation

Once the eggs are retrieved, the embryologists will begin the process of fertilization (the union of the sperm and egg). The prospective mother will undergo an embryo transfer three to five days later, after the embryos have developed in the laboratory. We will find out the outcome about two weeks after the transfer and you may call in to find out the results of your efforts.

We realize the enormity of your gift and are dedicated to making the experience as personal and safe as possible, with a wonderful reproductive specialist. That is why, here in Embio we only operate in accordance with national regulations which apply in IVF and Egg Donation programmes.

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