The egg donation process is designed to harvest oocytes from the donor safely and methodologically safely.
Outlined below are The General Steps Involved in Egg Donation:
It would help if you located a fertility clinic that operates an egg donor program. Once you have selected an organization, apply. These are quite in-depth. The application will inquire about your medical history, schooling, employment history, clubs, affiliations, volunteer experience, hobbies, and personal interests. The organization will also ask about the history of infections and sexually transmitted diseases. After you have applied, the clinic will assess your application and get back to you on its status. If accepted, you will proceed to step 2: screening.
In this step, you will undergo several medical and psychological screening procedures to ensure you are a fit egg donor. The clinic’s physician will measure your weight, height, heartbeat, and blood pressure. The physician will also take a sample of your blood for testing. It will be screened for infections such as hepatitis and HIV. You will also undergo a pelvic examination.
Some agencies conduct psychological screenings to determine mental readiness. The test will seek to learn about why you wish to become an egg donor and how you feel about being related to another person’s child. The purpose of these tests is to ensure that you are entirely ready for the upcoming journey and can make an informed decision.
Once your screening procedures are finished and deemed psychological and medical fit, your egg profile is included in an egg donor database. Egg recipients will peruse the database to find a donor’s profile that they like. As the donor, you are waiting to be selected.
Once a profile is selected, a legal contract needs to be drawn between the donor and the recipients. This is to clarify parental responsibility between both parties. A lawyer will be hired to represent both parties and write up the legal contract. The egg recipients take up the cost. This is also when both sides must decide about anonymity after the birth of the child.
The Next Series of Steps Deal with The Preparation and Implantation of The Eggs.
Egg donors will receive numerous hormone drugs which trick the ovaries into manufacturing multiple eggs in a single menstrual cycle. The drugs are administered via injections into soft areas of the donor’s body, such as the thighs and arms. Triptorelin, Prostap, and Zoladex are some examples of these drugs.
Prepping the Egg Follicles
After hormonally regulating the donor’s menstrual cycle, injections of human menopausal gonadotropin hormone or follicle-stimulating hormone are given. This stimulates the follicles to release multiple eggs. Pergamon, Gonal/f, and Menagon are commonly used.
Triggering Egg Release
When the eggs have matured, ovulation is stimulated. The donor will receive an injection of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. After 36 hours, the eggs will be ready for harvesting.
Retrieving the Eggs
In this procedure, the egg donor receives “twilight” anesthesia. While unconscious, the doctor will insert a small needle into each ovary to suck out the mature eggs. This procedure takes approximately an hour.
After the procedure, the donor is prescribed an antibiotic to prevent infection. They must stay at the clinic for several hours for observation. Many women experience an upset stomach and some discomfort, but this quickly subsides.
A week after the harvesting procedure, donors must undergo an ultrasound and follow-up exam to ensure proper recovery.
With the last step, the egg donation process is complete. Your generous donation will help a couple experience the joys of parenthood!