What To Expect
Your first step to egg donation is to make sure you qualify within the following criteria:
- Age 19-34
- Healthy BMI
- No genetic issues
- Flexible with 6-8 early morning appointments
- IF you are adopted you MUST know you biological background to participate.
These questions will be asked again in your donor profile but these criteria are essential as you will not be submitted to the clinic unless these are met.
If you have met the above criteria and are ready to take the next step, please fill out the donor profile. If you do not have one to fill out, please contact ANU Fertility Consultants. After filling out the form please send it back to AFC and we will send it into the clinic.
When your profile is approved by the doctor, you will be contacted by the clinic to make an appointment for further screening. You will be asked to undergo psychological and medical evaluations. Your appointment may take 2-3 weeks to schedule and will last for most of the day. It only takes a few days for us to get your results back and the clinic will contact you to give the news of eligibility.
The medical exam will be done by the IVF (In Vitro fertilization) specialist. These tests will include, but are not limited to;
- Vaginal ultrasound
- Social disease testing (ie; HIV 1&2 Antibody, HTLV 1/11 Antibody, Hep B Surface Antigen, etc)
- Vaginal cultures
- Urine drug & alcohol screening (also checks nicotine)
Depending on your ethnic background you may be required to undergo certain genetic blood tests such as;
- Sickle cell anemia
- Cystic fibrosis
If the intended parents (IP), the recipients of the egg donation, request a donor to undergo more testing, it is customary to do so. This is not a bad thing as it guarantee’s a donor match.
After you and your IPs are matched and successfully screened, a cycle start date is recommended depending on both you and your IPs menstruation cycles. It may be necessary for you to be on oral contraceptives to help regulate your cycle. If you use DepoProvera, you may have to wait several months to begin the cycling process. If you use an IUD, it will be removed prior to cycling and you will be responsible for having it inserted again after your donation.
Once you begin cycling, you will be scheduled to return to the clinic routinely for a specified period of time (approx 8 appts over 2 months). This is when you will be prescribed medications that are used for egg donation. This will be explained in more detail at the Clinic. Following we have provided you with a list of some medications that are usually used in an egg donor’s cycle.