How does the egg donor process work? It starts with a desire to help
Sometimes, it takes a little extra ingredient to help make parenthood possible. An egg donor is absolutely essential for some patients to succeed, and we applaud your interest in learning more about the egg donor process. As you explore the possibility of becoming an egg donor, our team will answer all your questions.
Getting started: Filling out an egg donor application
The first step is an introduction. We want to get to know you. That’s where the egg donor application comes in. We have high standards for our egg donors to make sure egg donation is safe for you and intended parents.
As a potential egg donor, you will complete physical, genetic and psychological health screenings, a pregnancy test and pap smear. In fact, it’s similar to what you would complete in an annual wellness exam.
You’re approved! Now find out how the egg donor process works
You are born with all the eggs you will ever have – millions of them! However, most of a woman’s eggs never actually fully mature and release. A fertility specialist can access these extra eggs that your body will naturally dispose of anyway.
To do this, you’ll take fertility medications called gonadotropins that increase the number of eggs that your ovaries release in a menstrual cycle. A doctor will carefully monitor you during this process, using ultrasounds and bloodwork to monitor your ovaries and your overall wellbeing.
After your eggs grow, you are nearly good to go!
You will have an egg retrieval procedure. You will not feel anything during the short outpatient procedure because you will be sedated. During this time, the fertility specialist will use an ultrasound with a thin needle to extract the eggs. There are no incisions and you can return to your regular activities the next day.
The length of the process may vary, but usually takes approximately four to eight weeks. We also often welcome egg donors back for additional cycles. The experience can be very rewarding, both emotionally and financially.
If you feel ready to learn more about becoming an egg donor in Austin, contact us here. Not everyone can commit to such a rigorous process, but those who do will find the experience rewarding and fulfilling.
Learn more about the egg donation process from former Texas Egg Donor, Mallory
Egg Donor Process
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