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Egg Donation

Conceptual Options’ Egg Donation Process: What To Expect When Choosing an Egg Donor

Choosing the perfect egg donor for your family can be a challenge; but, once you find the right candidate, you will need an Egg Donor Team that will help you get things moving.

To start the process of locating your egg donor, there are many steps an egg donor needs to complete before we can ensure she is a good fit for you. Many evaluations are necessary, as well as some blood work, before you can start your cycle. To ensure you are in the loop, we’ve created a guide on exactly what you can expect once you have selected your egg donor.

1. Psych Evaluation

Your donor will undergo a psychological evaluation to ensure she is psychologically fit to donate. This will give you peace of mind that the donor is mentally healthy and prepared to donate.

A psych evaluation with a professional psychologist is one of the major ticket items your egg donor needs to start your cycle.

2. Genetic Assessment

Although not required, a genetic assessment can be a huge asset to you when choosing an egg donor. This will spell out the donors health history in great detail as self-reported by her to the counselor.

A licensed genetic counselor will put you at ease about creating potential off spring with this specific egg donor. The counselor will also alert you to any risks should there be any.

3. Blood Work & AMH

The egg donor will have her AMH, Anti Mullerian Hormone, levels tested before you can start the cycle. This will ensure she has high estrogen levels and is a fertile donor with quality eggs. AMH levels are a good indicator of the kind of retrieval you can expect.

In addition, your IVF doctor will perform further blood work on your egg donor to ensure that she doesn’t carry the same genetic mutations as yourself, your partner, or your sperm donor. We all carry various genetic mutations that need to be taken into account when using IVF.

Once this testing is done, you are almost clear to proceed with your cycle.

4. Pap smear

An updated pap smear is also important for the IVF process and for the health of the donor. An egg donor needs a clean pap smear to proceed with her donation.

This test is to ensure the health of the donor as she begins to take hormones for your cycle.

Although this seems like alot of testing, it is important to be patient as the cycle progresses – this testing will help ensure a healthy baby joins your family. When you’re ready to choose a donor to help you start your family, contact us today.


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Miracle Babies

Conceptual Options Honors NICU Families at Miracle Babies 9th Annual Gala In Rancho Santa Fe, California

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Conceptual Options was a proud benefactor sponsor of the Miracle Babies 9th Annual Gala, entitled Minuit à Versailles. The staff of Conceptual Options enjoyed a delicious dinner, silent auction, and dancing and live music while honoring those babies and their families that enter the NICU each year. In fact, did you know that 500,000 babies are admitted to NICU each and every year in the US?

As a Surrogacy and Egg Donation agency, we understand the importance of not only prenatal care, but also the care that some babies have to undergo after birth in the NICU.

Here is alittle more about Miracle Babies from their site:

Miracle Babies is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was founded to support NICU families. When a baby is born premature or with medical complications, that family’s life changes drastically. Stress becomes a near constant emotion, difficult decisions must be made, and life in the NICU becomes a reality.

This unexpected journey is one that no parent hopes to experience, and often times, something that many families are unprepared for financially. Miracle Babies’s founding purpose is to support these NICU families by providing needs-based financial assistance to low-income families through our Family Assistance Program. By helping to address some of the financial barriers that keep parents away from their new baby (transportation, groceries, and child care costs), we help moms and dads get to and from the NICU more often, increasing rates of breastfeeding and Kangaroo Care, a skin-to-skin practice.

In addition to our direct financial assistance program, we also support NICU families through the distribution of MB Cares Bags. These bags are distributed on a monthly basis to hospitals throughout the county of San Diego and contain items designed to support families during their NICU stays.

Miracle Babies also recognizes the importance of research, in decreasing future preterm births, and works closely with multiple community partners to advance the collective understanding of preterm birth, and design interventions that result in better health outcomes for NICU babies.

We are together for a better beginning.

Find out more about Miracle Babies, and how you can also help NICU families and their babies here.


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Egg donation

Conceptual Options’ Donor Education: How To Prepare to Become an Egg Donor

The act of donating one’s eggs is perhaps one of the most generous and selfless things a woman can do. Those who can not conceive on their own need the help of egg donors to build their dreams of having a family.

Perhaps, you want to become an Egg Donor yourself. If so, there are a number of things to think about as you prepare yourself. How will performing a cycle affect me and my lifestyle? What does an egg retrieval entail? Well, we have the information you need to help you decide if Egg Donation is right for you as follows:

Finding the One

The truth is, Intended Parents search many, many databases and profiles to find their chosen Egg Donor. Finding the perfect Egg Donor can be one of the hardest parts of a person’s IVF journey.

Intended Parents all over the globe are looking for someone special to help them build their family. They are so grateful to the women who are willing to perform a donation. Certain characteristics and traits help them choose their lovely donor.

By helping them do something they can’t do on their own, you will receive an incredible amount of thanks and gratitude. In fact, some Egg Donors aren’t prepared for the overwhelming amount of love and appreciation they receive from their Intended Parents (whether anonymous or not).

Cycling

To be sure, donating eggs is an FDA approved, safe process that women have been doing for many, many years. Though each donor’s body may respond a little different, you should know that this is an approved and safe process, which will include the administration of several hormones that you’ll use to prepare yourself and your body for the egg retrieval.

These medications are administered in regulated amounts by licensed IVF doctors and clinics, and we only work with the best fertility clinics to ensure it’s done in a healthy manner. You will be consistently checked upon to ensure your ovaries are healthy and safe.

There may be occasional cramping or a little bloat, but this will pass. The cycle is usually only 11-13 days long.

The Final Day of Hormones

The actual retrieval is the easy part of the process. It’s a same day in same day out
procedure that many donors state as being seamless and peaceful.

Light anesthesia is used, and the procedure shouldn’t last more than an hour or so.

A Gift In Return

Compensation is your Intended Parents way of giving back to you for what you’ve given to them. While most Intended Parents state that no monetary amount will ever cover their gratitude, they are happy to compensate you for your commitment to them and to the egg donation process.

Donors use compensation for a variety of things like paying down loans, starting a business, or helping them get back on the right track financially.

The Gift of Donation

There are so many benefits to Egg Donation. It is a rewarding experience that you will always be glad you did.

Helping others who are in need is something that will change you as a person as you go throughout your life. When you’re ready to offer the ultimate gift to another person, contact Conceptual Options — we can help get you started right away.