How to become an egg donor
Step 1. Fill out our Egg Donor Questionnaire.
Step 2. Allow approximately 1 week for a response. At this stage of the process, all calls and questions should be directed to the Donor Egg Coordinator.
Step 3. Receive a physical exam and a review of your medical history by one of our physicians. We may also perform a pap smear or other appropriate tests as indicated.
Step 4. Meet with our psychologist for an evaluation. The psychologist will review your social history, mental status,
Step 5. Once you have completed Steps 1-4, you will be notified if you are eligible for the “Egg Donor Work Up” visit. This visit consists of a number of blood tests, cultures, and a pelvic ultrasound.
The most common tests are listed below. More tests may be required.
- AMH (antimullerian hormone) levels
- Genetic chromosomal screening
- Drug screening
- Cystic fibrosis screening
- FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) levels
- LH (luteinizing hormone) levels
- TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels
- Prolactin levels
- Hepatitis panel
- RPR (screening test for syphilis)
- ABO group (blood type screen)
- STDs (e.g., chlamydia, gonorrhea, mycoplasma, ureaplasma)
- Tay-Sachs, Canavan disease for donors with Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
- Sickle Cell disease, Thalassemia (CBC with hemoglobin electrophoresis) for donors with African American, Asian, Mediterranean, and Hispanic origins
- A pelvic ultrasound
Please allow 2-3 weeks to complete the evaluation process. If you are selected, you’ll move onto step 6.
Step 6: Synchronizing with the Egg Recipient
After all the tests are completed, your egg donor coordinator will set up a calendar for both you and the egg recipient. In preparation to receive donor eggs, we typically use oral contraceptives as well as a medication called Lupron, so that the donor and recipient can synchronize their menstrual cycles, with the recipient being 3-5 days ahead of the donor. This is the time needed to extract the eggs and grow the embryos.
Also, if the synchronization is not possible for some reasons, the eggs can be retrieved, vitrified and fertilized with the recipient’s partner’s sperm and frozen until the recipient is ready.
Step 7: Donor stimulation and recipient hormone replacement
Once you and the egg recipient are synchronized, the donor will initiate injectable medication regimens to grow her eggs and the recipient will start with an estrogen regimen to prepare the uterine lining. During that process, we will ask you to have about three or more estrogen blood tests and two to three ultrasounds to ensure that you are ready to receive the embryos.
Step 8: Retrieving Donor Eggs
You will undergo egg retrieval using ultrasound-guided needle while under intravenous sedation.