Egg Donor FAQs

 

egg donorHelping to Create New Beginnings, and aiding those in embarking on their dreams of parenthood is an amazing opportunity! This is a list of frequently asked questions. Should you have more concerns or curiosities, our Donor team is here for you! Please send us a message.

 

 

 

 

 

1. How does it work?

Step 1. Meet the requirements below.
Step 2. Fill out our online application (takes ~5 minutes). Our Egg Donor team will be in contact with you to walk you through the screening process.
Step 3. Screening process takes approximately 4-6 weeks. This includes a fertility check, bloodwork, and full evaluation.
Step 4. Egg Donation Cycle takes approximately 2-4 weeks to complete the egg donor cycle and retrieval.
Step 5. Follow Up.

2. What are the requirements for becoming an Egg Donor?

  • Egg donor candidates should meet the following qualifications:Between the ages of 21 and 28
  • Reside in Oahu, Hawaii
  • Be in good general health
  • Drug and disease free
  • Non-smoker
  • College-educated donors are in high demand, minimally a high school diploma is necessary
  • Committed to all cycle screening appointments

3. What can I expect during the screening process?

During the screening process we want to ensure you are a good candidate for egg donation. You will be required to come into the clinic for a fertility check which includes a transvaginal ultrasound and lab work to check hormone levels. After the initial screening, you can expect to return for 2-3 more visits to complete a physical evaluation, genetic testing and counseling, STD and drug testing, and a psychological evaluation. Once all of these steps are completed, you will be notified of your status into the egg donor program.

4. Is there any cost to me?

No, as an egg donor we appreciate your time and willingness to help others so there is absolutely no cost to you. During each screening visits , you will also receive a gift card.

5. What are the benefits of being an egg donor?

In addition to helping someone create the family of their dreams; all of the egg donor screening information can be shared with you. This includes the Fertility Assessment: your reproductive hormones, ovarian reserve status, ovaries, and uterus evaluation. Also, access to the following information: medical and physical evaluation, general hormone and health status labs, infectious disease screening, genetic testing, and genetic counselling.

6. Do I have to wait until someone chooses me to cycle? How fast can we get started?

No, you can cycle immediately and up to 6 times. We work with an egg bank and can start your donation at a time that works best for you.

7. Does donating my eggs affect my fertility?

No, it does not affect your future fertility in any way. Each woman is born with a set number of eggs and the number of eggs remaining will naturally decrease with age.Each month there is a cohort of eggs that are available for recruitment. However, the brain typically only makes enough hormone to allow one egg to ovulate and potentially result in a pregnancy and the rest of the eggs, in that cohort, will be discarded naturally.

Therefore, each month you are losing not only the one egg that ovulates, but also the remainder of the cohort that did not receive enough hormone for development. The process of egg donation uses hormone medications to encourage the entire cohort of eggs to grow each month so multiple eggs can be used before the body has a chance to discard them. Since only those eggs that would normally and naturally be discarded are being utilized in an egg donor cycle, your future ovarian reserve and fertility are not affected in any way.

8. What are the side effects and risks?

Most donors have minimal side effects from the stimulation and are able to go about their normal daily routines. Side effects from medications can include: temporary bruising to the injection site (abdomen), headaches, fatigue, bloating and constipation.Egg retrieval is a minimally invasive procedure by which we remove the eggs from the ovaries using a needle. aspirate eggs from the ovaries using a needle guided by a transvaginal ultrasound. The procedure is approximately 20 minutes, is done under anesthesia, and vaginally without any incisions. There is a risk of bleeding, infection, and damage to other surrounding internal organs, but the risk is extremely low.

Rare complications from ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval can include OHSS (ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome) which results in fluid buildup in the abdomen from hormone production. This complication is very rare, occurring less than 1% of the time, and can usually be prevented with close monitoring and medication.

9. What is the recovery time after the retrieval?

Recovery time is minimal, most donors resume all normal activity the day after or as they feel is manageable.

10. How long are the appointments?

We try our best to be accommodating to fit with your schedule. Most screening appointments are approximately 30 minutes, with the exception of the psychological evaluation (2-3 hours). The egg retrieval itself requires you to be in office for approximately 2-3 hours.

11. How long does it take to complete a donation?

The complete donation process involves a donor screening and the egg donation phase. This may take 2-3 months to complete.

Here’s the breakdown:
Screening prior to egg retrieval takes 4-6 weeks. Once you are medically cleared to donate, it takes 2-4 weeks to complete the egg donor cycle and retrieval.

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