HOW TO GET STARTED WITH EGG DONATION:
Where do you begin? The process for egg donation can be challenging and at times complicated. It is our job to provide you with the information you require to make a well informed, educated decision. This is a guideline to follow which details the process from beginning to end.
Step 1: Infertility is Understood
What is infertility? it is defined as trying to conceive for one year with no success or 6 months if the woman is over 35. When a couple is having a hard time conceiving, typically the female will visit her doctor who should then refer her to a fertility specialist.
Step 2: Egg Donation Suggested
Once a patient had been referred to a fertility specialist and the couple has been tested to discover the cause of infertility, if it is discovered that the the quality or quantity or the eggs is poor, or early menopause has arrived or there have been multiple IVF failed cycles, Egg Donation can help these intended parents to experience pregnancy. Couples will go through a natural mourning experience before they move onto the Egg Donation Process. It is very normal and natural to give time to mourn and adjust to the news.
Step 3: Choosing and Egg Donor
The Egg Donor Search Begins. At times couples will prefer to have a family member or friend donate their eggs. This is considered a “known donor”. Others will decide to use an “Anonymous Egg Donor”. Anonymous egg donors are young, healthy women who have applied to become an egg donor. Our Anonymous Donors are only entered into our in house Egg Donor Database after completing the process and necessary screening and testing. It’s a challenging decision when choosing an egg donor. Each couple is unique and different as are their needs.
Step 4: Cycle Synchronization
When the Egg Donor has been chosen and the match as been made and the donor is confirmed, we will begin to schedule the cycle synchronization. This Synchronization will involve the use of hormones to regulate the donor and recipient’s fertility cycles. The reason for this type of regulation is the make sure that the donor’s eggs are retrieved and the exact same time that the recipient’s uterine lining is a perfect nurturing environment for the implantation of embryos and finally conception.
Step 5: Sperm and Egg Retrieval
When the egg donor and recipient cycles are in sync and aligned, a minimally invasive procedure will be performed which is called “the retrieval” to gently remove the Egg Donor’s eggs. A tiny needle is gently guided through the wall of the vagina and into the follicles to pick the most mature eggs. This is the exact same day when the male partner will provide us with a semen sample.
Step 6: Process of IVF or InVitro Fertilization
When the Donor Eggs and Sperm have been collected and retrieved, the process of IVF / In Vitro Fertilization begins. The Donor Eggs and Sperm are fertilized outside of the womb in our laboratory. A laboratory dish is used for IVF and the Donor Eggs and Sperm are placed together and after a few days, embryos form. The best embryos are placed into the recipient’s uterus with the desire of getting pregnant.
Step 7: Testing for Pregnancy
A pregnancy test will be taken two weeks after the IVF procedure is performed.