Becoming an egg donor through Conceptual Options can be both a rewarding and enlightening experience for many young women.
The act of egg donation is a generous opportunity for you to help families suffering from infertility and cannot create the family that they have always wanted. No one else can help them on their journey to having a child like an egg donor can, providing a unique genetic gift that will result in new life – their family.
Below is a step-by-step guide on what to expect from each and every part of the egg donation process. If at any time you need assistance from one of our egg donor intake coordinators, we are always just a phone call away.
1. Considering Becoming a Egg Donor? What are the Requirements?
– Are you a woman between the ages of 21 and 29?
– Are you a non-smoker?
– Do you have no personal/family history of drug abuse?
– Do you have no personal/family history of alcoholism?
– Do you have no personal/family history of depression?
– Have gotten new tattoos or piercings in the last 12 months at a facility that uses disposable needles?
– Do you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 27. BMI is measured by using your height and weight (BMI calculator)?
– Is your schedule flexible enough to attend screening and medical monitoring appointments?
– Are you able to follow a doctor’s instructions?
– Do you want to help someone create his or her family by providing a generous & unique gift?
2. Egg Donor Acceptance Process & Education
Completing the Egg Donor Application may seem time consuming, but this is an important process for both you and any prospective intended parents because it provides Conceptual Options’ Donor Intake Team the ability to determine if you qualify to become one of Conceptual Options’ Egg Donors. We know that there is a lot of paperwork, and many, many questions, but your job as an Egg Donor must be both an educational process for you, and a discovery process for us as it is your genetics that you are donating.
During this time, Conceptual Options’ Egg Donor Intake Team will be available every step of the way to ensure that you completely understand every step of the process and are comfortable with all aspects of the egg donation process.
3. You have been Approved as a Conceptual Options’ Egg Donor!
Although not every donor is selected immediately after applying, it is important to remember that you are a unique and special individual who will provide a generous gift to someone who wants to create his or her family through egg donation.
4. You have been selected by Intended Parents | Time to Start Medical Screenings & Paperwork
The IVF doctor will start your medical screening, which always becomes an education process for you as an egg donor as well. The attorneys will then draft and finalize your egg donation agreement.
5. IVF Medical Cycle Starts
Now that you have been matched with your Intended Parents, all screenings have been completed, and agreements have been finalized, your IVF cycle will start. During this time, you will take daily medications to sync your cycle with that of the Intended Mother or a surrogate mother – next step is your Egg Retrieval.
6. The Day of the Egg Retrieval Arrives
The egg retrieval process is a generally painless procedure, which takes about 20-30 minutes with about an hour recovery at the clinic. You 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, you will be able to go home and return to your normal daily routine.
7. Confirmation of Pregnancy by your Intended Parents
Now that your Intended Parents are pregnant, you have now successfully helped create a family for someone who could not have done it without YOU! Conceptual Options will continue to be a part of your life to ensure that your egg donation experience was a positive and enriching experience for you.