Step 1: Application Process
To apply to become an egg donor with us, begin by looking over the qualifications. Our required qualifications include being between the ages of 19 to 29, having a BMI between the ranges of 18 to 28, and living a healthy lifestyle (example: currently a nonsmoker and not prescribed antidepressants/anti-anxiety medications). If you see that you meet the basic criteria, complete the application at your earliest convenience and you will be notified within 72 hours of the status of your application. If you meet our qualifications, your will be sent an asking you to complete the second portion of the application, which goes more into depth of your family medical history and personality as well as prompt you to upload pictures of yourself. Once our egg donation coordinators have determined you are a great fit for the program, you will be contacted regarding next steps.
Step 2: Screening Process
During the screening process, your egg donation intake coordinator will walk you through the medical screening, psychological evaluation, and background check procedures. The medical screening will determine your general and reproductive health, to ensure a safe and prevent any complications. Additionally, our psychologist will establish that you are mentally sound and committed to the process. A simple background check will also make sure the information you provided as well as your criminal history is clear.
Step 3: Stimulation and Egg Retrieval
In order to stimulate your eggs, you will undergo 10 to 12 days of hormone injections. Donors generally have three injectable medications: Menopur, Gonal F, and Cetrotide. Menopur is a gonadotropin (follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone), which stimulates ovulation (the release of an egg). Gonal F is used to stimulate an egg to develop and mature. Cetrotide helps prevent premature ovulation to make sure ovulation is controlled. At the end of your medication treatment, your physician will determine whether your eggs are ready for retrieval. At the time of retrieval, you will be sedated. Your physician will insert an ultrasound probe and a thin need to retrieve the eggs.
Step 4: Post Retrieval Care
After your retrieval, a checkup appointment is scheduled at your local monitoring center. The checkup will ensure that you are feeling normal with little to no discomfort. Typical side effects may occur such as mild bloating, mild cramping, and breast tenderness. Your checkup will determine that any side effect you feel are typical and temporary. Additionally, you will be well compensated for your time and effort.