If you’re considering egg donation or have decided it is the right choice for your family, you may be wondering what the process will be like for you, the recipient. The first thing to do is register as a recipient on our website. Once you do this, we will contact you to answer any questions you may have about our donors or the process involved. Another early step for you to complete is to see your doctor to obtain advice on how to prepare, receive a medical evaluation, and ensure that there is no medical reason you can’t safely sustain a full-term pregnancy. Preparing for your egg donation cycle includes appropriate screening tests and psychological evaluation.
The next step is to choose a donor. This is a uniquely personal decision to make. We have a pool of many approved donors from which you can choose the one who best fits with the background, education, medical history, and family history you’re looking for. Our donors have been screened extensively including genetic testing, mental health screening, and other tests to ensure that they are healthy and suitable for donation.
Synchronizing your cycle and the donor’s cycle ensures that your uterine lining is ready for implantation at the right time. Birth control pills can help accomplish this. When your cycles are synchronized, the donor will take specific medications that stimulate the growth of a group of eggs. At the same time, you will take different medications that get your uterine lining ready for implantation.
When the donor’s eggs reach maturity, it’s time to retrieve them. Your partner or sperm donor will need to provide a sample on the day the eggs are retrieved. You will return to the clinic for transfer of the embryos when they reach the proper stage, usually day three after retrieval. Your doctor can help you decide how many eggs to transfer; usually, one or two is a good choice. You can always choose to have additional high-quality embryos frozen for future use.
Deciding to use egg donation as a solution for your fertility issues is a safe, effective way to become parents. However, the process can be challenging. Consider your options carefully, and make sure this is the right choice for you and your family. There are many benefits to this amazing technology, and it has made many hopeful parents very happy.