For some women, becoming a donor can feel like a very complex and overwhelming process. Our job is to guide you through the process, as well as to address and alleviate all of your concerns. Outlined below is each step of the donation process. Our donor coordinators welcome your call if you have any questions.
Once you are ready to start the process of becoming an egg donor, click on the “Donor Application” button to fill out an initial eligibility form. You will be contacted within two business days with your eligibility status. If you are eligible to proceed, you will be given access to complete the entire donor application on line. The application asks questions relating to your personal and family’s medical and genetic history. You will also be asked to provide photographs of yourself as a baby, child, and young adolescent. You can expect to be contacted within two business days after submitting your completed application.
When your completed application is received, you will be asked to come to the office for a 30 minute face to face consultation where the cycle will be discussed in detail and all questions can be addressed by one of our coordinators. You will be sent to a local laboratory following the interview for a drug screen and some blood testing. If this testing is normal, your profile will be placed on our active donor list for potential recipients to view. If you desire, a brief tour of our facility in Austin will also be arranged. If you have donated at another fertility center previously, please let us know so that we can obtain your records and potentially modify your previous stimulation regimen.
Once your profile has been made active, recipients may view it using a password protected website. When they have selected your profile you will be contacted to begin the screening and testing process.
Each donor will have a psychological consult with a licensed psychologist prior to starting an egg donor cycle.
You will be asked to schedule an exam and sonogram to evaluate your ovaries once your period has started. You will have saliva collected for genetic screening, and will also be asked to return to the lab for infectious disease screening. In approximately three weeks your results will be complete and may begin the cycle process if all results are within normal limits.
You will begin birth control pills and a prenatal vitamin with your period. Your donor coordinator will provide a plan and a calendar with your anticipated appointment dates. You will be taught how to administer subcutaneous injections to yourself and will take them one to two times a day over the next three to four weeks. During this time you will have frequent blood testing and sonograms to monitor your ovaries. When your physician determines that your follicles are mature you will be instructed to take your trigger injection. Your retrieval will be scheduled to occur 36 hours after your trigger injection.
The removal of eggs is accomplished during an outpatient procedure at St. David’s Fertility Surgery Center. IV sedation will be administered from an anesthesiologist to minimize discomfort. The retrieval takes about 20 minutes, and it is followed by a one hour recovery time. You can expect to be groggy and have some uterine cramping for several hours following the procedure. Post procedure pain medications will be given to take at home as needed to minimize discomfort. Be sure you have someone to drive you home after the retrieval.
Your compensation may be picked up at Texas Fertility Center or mailed to you on the day of your retrieval.