Egg Donor Screening
Women who are between the age of 21 and 31 who are healthy, and have a healthy lifestyle are screened very carefully for their family history. They are also screened and tested for risk factors such as sexually transmitted diseases, according to FDA Guidelines. We meet and evaluate each donor before final approval. The donor’s mental and physical health is evaluated. We test to determine whether the donor is a carrier for 108 genetic disorders. We will also test the recipient’s partner to ensure he is not a match for the same disorder.
The Donor Egg Cycle covers drug stimulation and screening of the donor and the donor fee. Embryo transfers are covered. The fee also covers recipient baseline ultrasound at the beginning of the cycle, and an ultrasound to determine the effect of the estrogen on the endometrial lining around day 9 or 10. Cryopreservation of embryos is also covered.
Egg Donation Medical Procedures
The egg donor has the burden of most of the medical procedures. She uses injectable ovarian stimulating hormones medications to produce multiple eggs. She has blood tests and ultrasound frequently for about 10 days. The eggs are then retrieved when the follicles are mature. Semen is provided and insemination is performed with or without intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
- The embryo replacement is typically done three to five days after retrieval.
- The recipient is treated very simply with estrogen at increasing doses and synchronized with the donor. The progesterone is started on the day before the egg retrieval.