Egg donor screening includes gathering facts about medical, family history
When you decide to become an egg donor, our fertility center will conduct several assessments to determine your overall health, which protects both our donors and the intended parents. One of these steps is completing a medical and family history. This information allows our physicians to see a more complete profile of potential egg donors.
Medical history offers essential information during egg donor screening
To minimize the risk of passing on illness or other medical conditions to a child, our fertility center assembles an extensive health profile on our prospective donors. These details offer a more complete picture of your general wellbeing. For this assessment, we will discuss the following:
- Reproductive health Your physician will need to evaluate your potential fertility, so we will want to know about the age of your first period, regularity of cycles, any problems related to menstruation and any past pregnancies or children. Additionally, you will also undergo a physical examination and ultrasound as part of the egg donor screening process.
- Overall health Our staff will also ask questions to get a sense of your lifestyle. We will want to know if potential donors eat a balanced diet, exercise frequently and don’t smoke or drink excessively so that we can identify any potential risk factors.
- Family history Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma and certain cancers can have a hereditary component. Consequently, we will ask for relevant information about your parents, grandparents, siblings and other close relatives.
Genetic screening provides useful details in egg donor screening
As part of egg donor screening, we will complete a genetic analysis of potential donor candidates. The genetic testing gives our physician important data about any hereditary illnesses. Depending on the ethnicity of the donor, individuals may carry the genes for a certain disease without actually having the disorder.
Once we receive the results of the genetic evaluation, we will review the report with you and answer any questions that arise.
With genetic testing, the screening includes:
- A full chromosome analysis
- DNA testing for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Fragile X, sickle cell, Tay Sachs, spinal muscular atrophy, familial dysautonomia and other disorders
A critical component of egg donor screening involves providing a detailed medical and family history. These health biographies allow us to gather valuable information about our egg donors. If you have any questions about the egg donor screening process, contact our office to schedule a consultation.