Starting the Egg Donation Process
If you are considering egg donation, then you may be wondering about the steps involved in the process. At The Donor Solution, we are here to guide you through each aspect of choosing an egg donor, and what you can expect as you move forward. We believe the best possible experience starts with informed and educated patients.
Step 1 – Reasons for Seeking an Egg Donor
There are many reasons intended parents may seek an egg donor. Some intended parents might be struggling with infertility, while others may be single parent or LGBT families. These are just a few reasons for considering egg donation. In the case of an infertility diagnosis, patients are tested to determine the cause of infertility. If there are poor quality ovaries or eggs, multiple failed IVF cycles, non-functional reproductive organs, early menopause or a hereditary genetic disorder, egg donation can help intended parents experience the joys of pregnancy.
Step 2 – Choosing the Right Egg Donor Agency
Once you have decided egg donation is an option you would like to move forward with, the next step is finding the right egg donor agency. Choosing an egg donor agency and program requires research. The agency you choose has important implications on the success of your experience. The Donor Solution is FDA and ASRM compliant, donors are personally interviewed, and we have an extensive database of donors. View our frequently asked questions for tips on how to find the best egg donor agency.
Step 3 – The Initial Consultations
Now, that you have chosen an egg donor agency, the initial consultation with The Donor Solution is complimentary. During this consultation, we will discuss any donors that you have found through our database. We will provide you detailed information about the donors, photos, and discuss the costs of egg donation.
Step 4 – Synchronizing Cycles
When an egg donor has been selected, our team at The Donor Solution will contact your infertility clinic and physician. During this time, the egg donor will receive specific medical instructions regarding cycling and administering hormone treatments. This will allow for the egg donor and the surrogate to sync cycles for maximal viability of the eggs.
Step 5 – Egg & Sperm Retrieval
Now that the cycles of the donor and recipient are aligned, a minimally invasive egg retrieval procedure is performed to remove the donor’s eggs. That same day the male partner or sperm donor will provide a semen specimen for fertilization.
Step 6 – In Vitro Fertilization
After the eggs and sperm have been retrieved, your reproductive endocrinologist will start the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. IVF is the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. When the IVF procedure is successful, the process is combined with a procedure known as embryo transfer, which involves physically placing the embryo in the uterus.
Step 8 – Pregnancy Test
Approximately two weeks after the embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is administered. Hopefully, the IVF treatment was a success and you will be expecting a new addition to your family!
Learn More about The Donor Solution
If you would like to find out more information about The Donor Solution, then please contact us today. We will work with you to identify any concerns or questions that you may have, and then guide you through the egg donation process.
With The Donor Solution, you never have to feel alone during the egg donation process. Learn about a team that truly cares about you being matched with the right egg donor to help complete your family.