If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, you might have some questions about the egg donation process. It can be a complicated process at times, but it needs to be in order to create the absolute best experience for those looking to be matched with an egg donor and for those who are egg donors.
Most egg donation processes will follow the same basic steps:
- Screening and Qualification
- Matching Processes
- Donation and Compensation
Each step contains smaller vital steps that help to ensure the success of the process.
Egg Donation Step 1: Screening and Qualification
Most egg donation programs are constantly looking for healthy women. It is imperative to go through a well respected, trusted agency that will help you with every step of the process. The first step will be an initial screening questionnaire that contains some of the most basic qualification factors, including:
- Physical characteristics
- Medical background
- Educational background
These questionnaires might seem lengthy, but they are necessary to qualify you to be an egg donor.
If you do pass the initial step, you will be asked to a meeting to talk about your answers. A medical professional will review your application and you may need to meet with both a medical doctor and a counselor to help determine whether you can be an egg donor. It is important to know that this process is free and we want you to feel comfortable throughout every step. At EDSI, you can bring a friend or partner with you if you wish.
Egg Donation: Matching Process
Once accepted into the program, your description and a photo will go into a database that is only viewable to those looking for an egg donor. There is never any identifiable information revealed other than your photo.
Parents will choose an egg donor for many different reasons. Many will use the information provided to them during the application review process.
Egg Donation Process: Donation
Sometimes, it can take a while to be selected by intended parents. It really just depends on what you filled out on your form. Sometimes, we will ask for supplemental material if we think you are a great candidate but did not give enough information. We try to make the process as transparent as possible while still respecting your privacy. We will be as open throughout the process as you want us to be and will give away as much information as you are comfortable with – but know that the more information you give, the more likely you are to be selected.
Once you have been selected by an intended parent, you will have to go through the following steps:
- Final screening
- Blood testing to ensure you do not have any genetic or infectious diseases – these are required by the FDA.
- Cycle preparation to temporarily stop you from ovulating. You may also have to take a few other medications depending on your situation. You will be taught by a professional how to handle any medication that you must take.
- After confirmation that your cycle has been stopped, you will take another medication through an injection that you or someone else can do. You will have a few appointments throughout this process just to monitor that your body is doing what it is supposed to do.
- After you finish this process, there is an ultrasound-guided procedure to retrieve the eggs from your ovaries. This is a procedure that lasts about 30 minutes but will use a mild sedative. You should have someone with you to drive and you should take it easy after you get home.
- You will have a follow-up appointment a few weeks later to ensure you are healing.
Egg donation is an extremely rewarding experience that will help you to make a lasting impact on the world. Aside from the monetary compensation, you will feel personally fulfilled and moved by what you experience. In some instances, egg donors create a lifelong bond with the family. If you are ready to get started with the egg donation process, make sure to contact us today.