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Egg Donor Select strives to provide a well-screened and highly selective group of donor candidates, representing a variety of ethnicities and other criteria important to prospective parents. Led by professionals with more than 20 years experience in the infertility industry, we understand that excellent communication and follow through are paramount in supporting the clinical staff, resulting in a seamless and gratifying egg donation experience.

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What to Expect

Below, please find an outline of all steps taken by both prospective parent and donors during an egg donation cycle.

Once you have selected a donor candidate...

  1. The donor candidate’s availability is verified and the donor candidate accepts or declines this egg donation cycle.
  2. The recipients review and sign contracts and return with the initial payment --administrative fee and psychological evaluation fee – and estimated travel for initial medical exam if donor resides outside recipient’s metropolitan area.
  3. Donor will participate in a psychological evaluation.
  4. The donor will undergo a medical evaluation, including a blood draw and a transvaginal ultrasound usually on CD3 (cycle day 3) of the donor’s menses.
  5. The donor and recipient cycles are synchronized by use of birth control pills.
  6. The donor will administer the down-regulation medications for approximately 10 days.
  7. The donor will administer follicle-stimulating hormones for approximately 10 days.
  8. During this time, donors attend, on average, 5 monitoring appointments at which the donor will receive a blood draw (to check hormone levels) and / or an ultrasound (to monitor follicular growth).
  9. The donor will have an hCG injection (human chorionic gonadotropin), which will trigger ovulation approximately 36 hours later.
  10. For the retrieval, the donor will travel to recipient’s clinic. The eggs will be retrieved through an ultrasound-guided needle.
  11. A semen sample is collected from the recipient father or sperm donor.
  12. Embryo transfer, after fertilization, is performed three to five days later.

Glossary

Psychological Evaluation

The Minnesota Multiphase Personality Inventory, or MMPI, is the most commonly performed test of mental health professionals in the United States. It is comprised of a series of questions with yes or no answers. The evaluation aids psychologists in determining the personality and emotional traits of the individual being examined. The results of the evaluation will help the psychologist determine if egg donation is recommended for the donor candidate

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Down Regulation Medications

These medications stimulate the female hormones initially, then suppresses a woman's secretion of FSH and LH, thus creating a pseudo menopause. These medications have been found to increase the number of follicles, oocytes (eggs), and embryos obtained, with a decreased chance of cancellation of the cycle.

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Follicle Stimulating and Luteinizing Hormones (Gonadotropins)

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) are not necessary for life, but are essential for reproduction. These two hormones are secreted from cells in the anterior pituitary called gonadotrophs. In the female, they are responsible for stimulating follicular growth.

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Monitoring Appointments

These are generally early morning appointments, approximately 15 minutes in length. These are mandatory donor appointments. The donor’s blood is drawn to measure hormone levels and / or the donor will undergo an ultrasound to monitor follicular growth. These monitoring appointments allow the physician to increase or decrease the dosage of hormonal injections, depending on how the donor is responding to the gonadotopins.

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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Injection (hCG)

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) stimulates the body’s normal LH surge, causing the final maturation of the eggs. This medication is given by injection. When the majority of the follicles reach a mature size, the hCG injection(sometimes called "the trigger shot") is given to the donor, which causes ovulation approximately 36 hours later.

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Retrieval

The egg retrieval (aspiration) will take place at the prospective parents’ clinic, and the donor is usually under conscious sedation or light sedation (twilight sleep). Some centers may also use local anesthesia. The eggs are retrieved with an ultrasound-guided needle.

The retrieval process usually takes about 20-30 minutes. Due to anesthesia, the donor will need to be driven home and rest the remainder of the day. Most donors return to work/school the day following the retrieval.

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