The act of egg donation is a generous opportunity to help families suffering from infertility, who have been prevented from obtaining their dream of having a family. No one else can help them on their journey to familial completion like an egg donor can, providing a unique genetic gift that may result in new life.
Conceptual Options Egg Donation
Discovering an egg donor is an emotionally salient process that can be filled with many types of emotions. When you as the Intended Parent(s) select a possible candidate or a list of possible candidates, you will need to pass that along to your client relations team member. They will call the prospective donor and discuss their availability and desire to help you build your family. If your donor is available and agrees to help, she will then sign a match agreement. The match agreement is simply her officially agreeing to help you build your family. Next the legal process will start and you will be guided through each step by one of our support staff.
The Egg Donation Process
The egg donation process consists of three major stages – synchronization, medication administration for egg maturation and care, and the egg retrieval process itself. The process and medications may vary slightly based on the clinic.
Synchronization is composed of taking birth control pills so that the egg donor and the recipient’s menstrual cycle synchronize. This insures that the eggs are mature during the optimum time to foster pregnancy within the recipient’s uterus.
Medication Administration for Egg Maturation and Care
To prevent spontaneous ovulation, some doctors administer Lupron, or similar medication. At this point your donor will be instructed to stop taking birth control pills and begin taking Lupron. This medication is often given daily by a small injection just under the skin on the stomach. Ice or a local anesthetic may be used to numb the area for the injection. She may be required to take Lupron for approximately 14-21 days.
A woman normally develops and releases one egg per month during ovulation. About the same time your donor begins Lupron, she will begin taking injectable stimulation medications, called gonadotropins, once or twice daily for approximately 8 to 21 days prior to egg retrieval. They replace her natural follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to trigger a uniform stimulation which induces her ovaries to produce several mature eggs.
Medical personnel from the fertility clinic will instruct her in detail regarding injections. Her dose may change based on her body’s response to the medication. Vaginal ultrasounds will track the number and size of her follicles and blood work will determine hormone levels. These appointments are often completed before work or school.
When your egg donors follicles are mature, she will be instructed to take the hCG injection. This medication may be combined with other medications depending on your doctor. This injection helps eggs mature, preparing them for retrieval. Egg retrieval occurs approximately 36 hours after her hCG injection. It is very important for her to strictly follow your physician’s instructions regarding the time of the medication.
The egg retrieval process is a generally painless procedure which takes about 20-30 minutes with about an hour recovery at the clinic. She will have intravenous sedation for comfort. The procedure to retrieve the eggs is called an oocyte (egg) aspiration, which is performed with an ultrasound guided needle passing from the upper vagina into each ovary. After a brief recovery from the anesthesia, she will be able to go home.
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