The Egg Donation Process
What’s involved in the egg donation process for Intended Parents
The Egg Donation Process for Intended Parents
With egg donation, a donor is prescribed hormones to stimulate egg production. The donor and recipient (intended mother) also take medications to synchronize their menstrual cycles. The eggs are then retrieved from the donor and fertilized with the sperm of the intended father or a sperm donor. The fertilized egg, or embryo, is then transferred to the intended mother to achieve pregnancy.
1. INITIAL CONSULTATION
You will have a free consultation with Eggceptional Fertility to go over how our program works and answer all of your questions. During this meeting, we want to hear your story and what your ideal egg donor would be like. We will also provide access to our egg donor database.
2. CHOOSING YOUR DONOR
Our donor database features profiles from a diverse pool of egg donors. You can search based on physical traits like hair color or height, or categories like education level or personal interests. You can also view each donor’s detailed profile and personality video. We are here to help you along this journey, and can answer your questions and provide any additional information to help you match with your chosen donor.
3. SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS
Both you and the egg donor will sign all of the necessary legal agreements and intended parents will send funds to begin the egg donation process. At this time, you and the egg donor will decide how much, if any, contact with each other you’d like to have during and after the donation. We can assist you in finding a fertility lawyer and navigating this part of the process.
4. EGG DONOR SCREENING
Your donor will be medically screened by your fertility clinic. She will also undergo a psychological evaluation. At this time, the intended parents will also need to have all of their screenings completed, including their psychological evaluation. Eggceptional Fertility has already completed an initial intake screening for every donor in our database.
5. CYCLE SYNCHRONIZATION AND PRE-TRANSFER CARE
Once your donor has been cleared, they will start a series of medications to help produce more eggs. The intended mother and the donor will also take medication to synchronize their menstrual cycles.
6. TRANSFER OF THE EMBRYO(S)
Once the eggs have matured, your doctor will retrieve them from the donor, fertilize the eggs through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and transfer the embryo(s) to the intended mother with the hopes of a pregnancy.
7. PREGNANCY & BIRTH
When the good news of pregnancy is achieved, we will celebrate with you! We are happy to keep in touch and continue to be a resource during your pregnancy and the birth of your child. We ask our donors to stay in touch as well, in case you would like to reach out about additional cycles for siblings in the future.
Egg donation is a wonderful way for parents to experience pregnancy and build their family. To take your next step toward becoming a parent, call us today for your free consultation. Miracles are waiting!