What to Expect
It is important to research egg donation so that you are knowledgeable about the process before you apply. To help give you an idea of what a potential cycle may look like, we have provided a breakdown of the process. While particulars may vary slightly depending on the protocol designed by the recipient’s clinic, the overall process is very similar. On average a donor cycle ranges from 2-4 months.
- Your online application will be sent to a member of our staff who will review your qualifications. Selected candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview and we will address any questions you may about the donation process.
- Complete necessary paperwork needed to activate your donor profile on the network.
- Once an intended parent has identified you as a potential donor, we will contact you directly with specific details of the pending match to make sure that the location and time frame of the cycle is feasible with your schedule.
- Before you are approved as the intended parents donor, you will be required to undergo psychological and medical testing. This testing is important as it demonstrates that you will be a good candidate to donate eggs.
- You will be provided with legal representation to guide you through the donation process prior to entering into an agreement with the intended parents.
- Once you have cleared the necessary screening process, you will be put on oral contraceptives to help regulate your menstrual cycle and to synchronize it with the recipient. During the third week of your cycle, you will start injectable medications for approximately 2-3 weeks until the retrieval process.
- Monitoring appointments will likely be at a clinic local to the donor. The appointments should take place first thing in the morning, so that results can be recorded with the ordering physician. These appointments are 15- 30 minutes in length and typically involve a blood draw and ultrasound.
- Travel to the recipient’s clinic occurs during the final days of monitoring leading up to the retrieval. Plan on anywhere from 5-10 days for this trip. The physician will give you instructions for taking your final shot approximately 36 hours prior to the retrieval.
- You will need a companion with you the day of the retrieval. The procedure takes place while the donor is under light sedation and many donors experience little or no discomfort during the retrieval process.