Taking the first step as a donor begins with an egg donor screening
If you have decided to become an egg donor and help a deserving couple or individual create a family, you may wonder about what happens next. At our Austin fertility center, we begin the process with an egg donor screening.
The steps we detail below allow us to assess your readiness to become a donor as well as gather important medical information about your overall health. Usually, the egg donor screening process takes four to six weeks.
How the egg donor screening process works
The FDA has certain guidelines that our fertility center must follow with egg donation, so we carefully lead you through the egg donor screening process. If your interview and initial tests come back without any issues, your name will be placed into our active database. We will complete the final steps once intended parents select your profile. The egg donor program covers all associated costs.
Breaking down the egg donor screening process
Because we understand the importance of protecting egg donors and intended parents, our center adheres to the FDA standards as well as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines.
The full egg donor screening includes:
Donor Consultation. During this step, you will spend 30 to 40 minutes with one of our experienced coordinators who will create a donor profile, collect your medical history and answer any of your questions.
Blood tests and drug screening. Following the interview appointment, we send donor candidates to have initial blood work and the standard drug test panel.
Sonogram and physical exam. After an intended parent couple chooses your profile, you will return for an Antral Follicle Count (AFC) sonogram so that we can determine your potential to produce viable eggs.
Psychological evaluation. A key component of egg donor screening is a meeting with one of our recommended psychologists. This conversation enables potential donors to discuss the implications of egg donation with a supportive, licensed professional.
Infectious disease screening. Once we receive the results of the psychological assessment, we will send you back to the lab for the infectious disease testing.
Genetic analysis. Lastly, you will undergo genetic testing to rule out any hereditary diseases or genetic abnormalities.
Donating your eggs can change the lives of a couple or individual who wants to have a baby. We applaud your selfless act that makes this possible and the efforts you will make to complete egg donor screening.
If you have questions about becoming an egg donor or the egg donor screening process, our caring team can provide the resources and support you need. Contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation.