The Egg Donation Process
Egg Donation for Beginners
Thank you for your interest in our egg donor agency. At The Donor Source, we believe that egg donation can be a life-enriching and incredibly fulfilling experience for young women. The journey of donation involves time, dedication, honesty, integrity, reliability and most of all, willingness to help a couple to realize their dream of a child. We invite you to explore our site to learn more about The Donor Source. If you have any questions about egg donation after reviewing our website, please don’t hesitate to call us at (877) 375-8888.
“The process was easy! My case manager was always informative and great to talk to!”– S.C., Egg Donor
The Steps in the Process
- Upon your acceptance to our program, you will attend a mandatory new donor consultation to learn more about the egg donation process. Then, your profile will be added to our online password protected donor database for intended parents to view.
- Recipient couples are able to search the database based on their particular needs (similarity to the recipient mother, ethnic background, etc.) and select a donor.
- Upon selection, you will begin the initial appointments, starting with a psychological evaluation. This is done primarily to make sure that you are emotionally ready to perform what is required as a donor, also to get a little insight into your personality.
- Once we receive clearance from the psychologist, you will meet with an attorney to review your donor contract. Once we have received signed contracts from you and the recipients, you will call the fertility center to arrange for your medical evaluation.
- The medical evaluation will include several tests, blood work, a vaginal ultrasound, and also training so that you will know how to inject your medication when the time comes.
- Soon, it will be time to begin your medications. The first phase involves a medication called Lupron. This is generally taken for about 12 days, by self-injection, once a day.
- You will then visit the fertility center for a blood test and an ultrasound in preparation for the next phase. After this, it starts getting pretty busy for you. The good news is, it’s almost over…
- The second phase is called the stimulation phase. This stimulation medication (FSH) is also given once a day via injection for about 10 days.
- The fertility center will have you visit about every other day between 8:00 am and 10:00 am during this 10 day timeframe. These mandatory appointments are brief and consist of an ultrasound and blood draw to determine your hormone levels in preparation for the retrieval.
- Toward the end of the 10 day timeframe, when your hormones have reached the appropriate level, the doctor will instruct you to take your final injection, called the “trigger” shot or hCG.This readies your ovaries for your retrieval procedure.
- About 34 hours after you give yourself the “trigger” shot, you will be at the fertility center for your egg retrieval procedure. You will be given a sedative which will put you into a semi-conscious state. The retrieval is performed internally via ultrasound. Most donors feel and remember nothing from their procedure. You are closely monitored by both your physician and anesthesiologist throughout the procedure.
- About thirty minutes later you will be awake. Most donors return to work/school the following day. Your donor compensation is mailed to you after the egg retrieval.
Is gestational surrogacy for you?
If you do not qualify for our egg donor program, perhaps becoming a gestational surrogate is an option for you? Surrogates earn up to $75,000 plus expenses and help make dreams come true through their incredible generosity.