What are my responsibilities if I agree to become a donor?
You must be truthful in all portions of the donor screening process and follow the doctors’ orders during the treatment cycle. The egg donation process requires you to adhere strictly to your medication and appointment schedule. You must take the medication as instructed and on time. You must be on time for all monitoring appointments and arrange for transportation to and from the egg retrieval. This requires that you make your egg donor cycle a top priority during the few weeks that it occurs. You will need to abstain from sex from the time you start the hormone medication until 2 weeks after your egg retrieval to prevent an unwanted pregnancy and ensure the cycle proceeds as planned.
How much time is involved?
The screening process generally takes a few weeks to complete. You will speak to our Egg Donor Program coordinator by phone and come into the office for a short initial screening visit. Once you are chosen as an egg donor, a cycle takes approximately 4 weeks. During a two week period, you will come to the clinic approximately 5-7 times for ultrasound monitoring and blood tests. These appointments generally require a 15-20 minute visit in the morning. The day that you are scheduled for the egg retrieval, you will be at our clinic for a large portion of the day. Most donors are able to continue to work or go to school during the overall process.
Will I need to give myself shots?
Yes. The shots are done at home. Our nurse coordinator will teach you how to prepare and administer your injectable medications. You must be able to administer the medications to yourself in order to be an egg donor.
Are there any restrictions during the process?
There is a chance you could get pregnant during the egg donation process, so we ask that you abstain from intercourse during the entire time.
Your ovaries will become enlarged during the egg donation process. We request that you refrain from activities that involve high impact, such as running, mountain biking, jumping, etc. until several weeks after the egg retrieval. After approximately one month, your ovaries will return to their normal size.
Can I become pregnant during treatment?
Yes! It is very important that you avoid intercourse from the time you start the hormone medication until 2 weeks after your egg retrieval. This will prevent an unwanted pregnancy and ensure that the cycle proceeds as planned.
Will this impact my ability to have children and will this deplete my source of eggs?
No. The procedure itself does not have any impact on your future ability to have children. Females are born with approximately two million eggs. Each month in a woman’s life a group of eggs begin the maturation process, but the body selects only one egg each cycle to ovulate while the rest are absorbed by her own body. Fertility medications “rescue” a portion of these excess eggs that the body would have ordinarily discarded. However 15% of all couples in the United States are infertile. Many of these are cases of secondary infertility, meaning that they had fertility before and now are unable to conceive again. You may find that in the future you will have a fertility problem. This may happen regardless of whether you become an egg donor or not. You must understand that we do not know with complete certainty that your donating eggs will not in some way compromise your future fertility. Because of this uncertainty, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends a maximum of six cycles of oocytes donation per life time.
Can I still work and/or go to school?
Although the egg donation process requires you to adhere strictly to your medication and appointment schedule, most women are able to continue with work and school without difficulty. You must take the medication as instructed, and on time. You must be on time for all monitoring appointments and arrange for transportation to and from the egg retrieval. This requires that you make your egg donor cycle a top priority during the few weeks that it occurs, and you may have to reschedule other events, classes or work times as necessary to adhere to this schedule.
What are my legal responsibilities to any child born from my donated eggs?
When you agree to donate your eggs, you are giving up all rights and responsibilities associated with eggs and any child born as a result of them.
Will the recipients know me or meet me?
Most egg donor arrangements are anonymous, meaning you won’t know the recipients and they won’t know you. Information about you is shared with the recipients in a non-identifying manner. For example, you will be identified to patient couples by the following information: blood type, ethnic background of your mother and father, height, weight, body build, eye color, hair color and texture, years of education, occupation, and special interests and family medical history. Pictures you share with us also will be shared with potential recipients. We will not share the following information with the recipients: your last name, your address, your telephone number, or your email address.
We are committed to creating egg donation arrangements that fit the personal needs of both donor and recipients. Some donors and recipients are interested in meeting each other and we support that process, if all parties are willing. On your application, you can indicate whether you are willing to meet the recipients, and whether you would be willing to meet their child when the child is an adult.
Can I donate more than once?
Yes. If all goes well with your first egg donation cycle, we would be happy to have you come back and donate again. Repeat donation may take less of your time, because you already will have completed the initial screening process. For your safety, egg donors can donate no more than 6 times per lifetime. This guideline has been established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
How do I begin?
Call (610) 868-8600 to speak with our Egg Donor Coordinator. Directions to our office.