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An Opportunity to Give Starts Here

Being an egg donor may be one of the most rewarding experiences of your lifetime. Can you imagine wanting to start a family only to be faced with disappointment? Egg donation is a wonderful opportunity for one woman to help another and turn that disappointment into joy – the joy of experiencing what most couples dream of… the dream of becoming parents.

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What to Expect

It is important that you understand what is required of you as an egg donor prior to fully committing to the egg donation process. An outline is provided below reflecting the steps taken during an egg donation cycle. We will review the entire process with you once you have completed an application to become an egg donor.

Once you have been selected for a cycle….

  1. Your availability to participate in the cycle is confirmed.
  2. Egg Donor Select will send you contracts to review, sign and return prior to the initiation of the cycle.
  3. You will attend a psychological evaluation in order to determine your readiness to participate in an egg donation cycle.
  4. We will assist you in scheduling your initial medical evaluation with the physician performing the procedure. This will include a medical evaluation, including a blood draw and an ultrasound.
  5. Your monthly cycle is synchronized with the recipient’s via use of birth control pills.
  6. You will administer follicle-stimulating hormones for approximately 10 to 12 days.
  7. You will attend approximately 5 monitoring appointments.
  8. A final injection, designed to induce ovulation, will be administered approximately 36 hours prior to retrieval. Your treating physician will provide you with your specific instructions.
  9. The retrieval procedure will be scheduled at the recipient’s infertility clinic.
  10. Your compensation will be prompt via mail or direct deposit.
  11. Any cycle-related expenses will be reimbursed within one week following retrieval.

What We Expect from Our Donors

  1. 1. We expect you to be fully committed upon acceptance of a cycle.
  2. We expect you to be on time for all of your appointments.
  3. We expect you to contact your clinic same day or next day upon contact from them.
  4. We expect you to contact your clinic and Egg Donor Select with any changes to your phone number or address.
  5. We expect you to arrange transportation home after retrieval.
  6. We expect you to treat this commitment like a job.
  7. We expect for you to have a very positive and enjoyable experience!

 

Glossary

Psychological Evaluation

There are typically two parts to the psychological evaluation – the clinical assessment, or donor interview, and the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), which is a written assessment. Combined, the results of these evaluations are extremely helpful in determining a donor candidate’s maturity and readiness to participate in a cycle.

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Contracts

Our contracts are designed to protect all parties involved in the egg donation cycle. We have taken great strides to provide simple and easy-to-understand agreements. Donors have the option to speak with an attorney well-versed in infertility law should any questions arise.

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Follicle Stimulating and Luteinizing Hormones (Gonadotropins)

IInjections of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH), collectively called gonadotropins, play an instrumental role in the development and maturation of follicles. Egg development and maturation varies among donors.

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Monitoring Appointments

These mandatory appointments are generally scheduled during morning hours and are approximately 15 minutes in length. The donor’s blood is drawn to measure hormone levels and / or the donor will undergo an ultrasound to monitor follicular growth.

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Final Injection

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and / or Lupron will be administered to stimulate the body’s normal LH surge, causing the final maturation of the eggs. This medication, sometimes referred to as the “trigger shot,” will cause ovulation approximately 36 hours later.

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Retrieval

The egg retrieval (aspiration) will take place at the recipient’s clinic or designated lab. The donor is administered anesthesia. The follicles are retrieved via an ultrasound-guided needle.

The retrieval process usually takes less than 30 minutes. Due to the effects of anesthesia, the donor will need to be driven home, and it is recommended that she rest the remainder of the day. Most donors return to work or school the day following the retrieval.

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