FAQs - Reproductive Health Clinic California - Egg Donor & Surrogacy Institute (EDSI)


How long will it take before I’m matched with a recipient?

It could take a day or several months, depending on what the recipient is looking for in a donor. Our goal is to get donors matched as quickly as possible.

How long is the process once matched?

The egg donor cycle takes about 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the schedules of everyone involved.

Can I be an Egg Donor if my tubes are tied?

Yes, the procedure is done vaginally.

Should I stop taking my birth control pills?

No, continue until you speak with the Fertility Doctor. Depo Provera injections or Norplant affect the timing of your normal cycle, which will delay your egg donor cycle. If you are interested in being an Egg Donor, we suggest you use an alternative form of birth control.

Who will pay the medical cost?

All costs are the responsibility of the recipients, unless the donor violates her contract.

How are the eggs retrieved?

The egg retrieval process is an outpatient procedure. Light anesthesia is administered. A vaginal probe is placed into the vagina and fluid from the follicles is collected. This procedure will take approximately 30 minutes, with 1-2 hours recovery time.

What about sex during the process?

While taking medications, you must refrain from sexual intercourse.

Can I have a few drinks?

We ask that you do not drink alcohol while taking the medications.

I smoke. Will this be a problem?

No smoking tobacco or any other recreational drugs.

If you have questions that have not been answered, please contact EDSI.