Egg donation is the most common form of third-party reproduction. Whether from age or medical conditions, some women’s eggs are unable to produce a successful pregnancy. In these cases, eggs from a thoroughly vetted egg donor allow the client to carry and deliver a baby.
Once you have found your perfect egg donor, the actual donation process begins. As with all infertility treatments, there are a lot of details that can feel overwhelming. We’ve outlined the steps below, but rest assured doctor will go over the whole process with you, making sure you are confident, comfortable, and informed.
Explore your fertility options and determine if egg donation is right for you.
Our donor database is filled with qualified donors from diverse backgrounds. We have comprehensive information on their health history, family history, education, and life story, so you can make the most informed decision. Our doctor and staff are here to answer your questions and to help you understand the process, choose the right donor for you, and feel at ease.
During the evaluation cycle, you’ll take estrogen and we’ll use blood tests and ultrasounds to observe how your uterine lining is developing. This is a process to see what levels of hormones you need to successfully prepare for the embryo transfer. This cycle usually takes four to six weeks.
Once the evaluation cycle is complete, you and your egg donor will start the donation cycle. You’ll take estrogen, and your donor will essentially go through the first half of the IVF process to develop and retrieve her eggs.
On the day of egg retrieval, your partner (or the sperm donor) will provide a sperm sample in our office.
The donor egg and sperm are combined to fertilize the eggs.
This outpatient procedure doesn’t require sedation––it’s quick and often compared to the sensation of a pap smear. Any high-quality embryos left over can be frozen for use in future IVF cycles.
After the transfer, our team will administer pregnancy tests and other monitoring as needed to care for your developing pregnancy.