Category Archives: TTC

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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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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.


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Egg Donor Contracts

Conceptual Options’ Update: Egg Donors and Contracts – What You Need to Know

One of the most important parts of your Egg Donation process is the legal contract. It is intended to make you feel comfortable, as well as to your Intended Parents whom you will be donating to. 


Your generous act will assist a family in need, yet there are many moving parts to this process. The legal side to this process protects you in many ways and makes this a sound, ethical, and legal donation.

Here’s a few things to consider regarding contracts for Egg Donors:

The Nature of Contracts

There are many contracts that you will need to sign as an Egg Donor as you begin your cycle. First, you will sign a contract with Conceptual Options and the IVF Clinic, and then you will also sign a contract with your Intended Parents that is very specific and customized to your journey. You’ll even have input into certain aspects in terms of when and how you’d like to donate.

The contract will state where responsibilities lie, and what you can expect during your cycle. It clears up any gray areas in the world of Egg Donation. If you’d like to be anonymous, all of that is incorporated into your very own contract.

Are Contracts Needed for Egg Donors?

Contracts help everyone understand their full and complete responsibilities. This encourages all parties to do their best to help someone build their dream. It also ensures that you receive all that you are owed during the cycle. Contracts are nothing to be afraid of, in fact they should help you feel more comfortable.

For certain, an Egg Donation contract is put in place to ensure that you are protected, as well as the Intended Parents. If there is anything specific you think you’d like to request in your contract to make you feel more comfortable, all of that can be arranged with the fantastic legal team we work with.

Who Will Be Doing My Egg Donor Legal Work?

We work with some of these best legal experts in the world that know the “ins and outs” of Egg Donation. They will cross every legal point necessary to make sure everything is covered, and they will also make sure you feel comfortable and confident about the process.

You will first review the contract with your lawyer, and then state what changes you request if any. If the contract looks great to you, you sign it and send it right back to your lovely Intended Parents who are anxiously awaiting your approval.

Contracts Are A Good Thing

Contracts are a positive thing for all Egg Donors, including the disposition of the eggs/embryos and your rights as an Egg Donor.

Conceptual Options and your legal team will be here to help you in every step of the way. Regardless of if you want an open, semi-open, or anonymous donation, all of this can be tailored to you and your Intended Parents!

Whenever you’re ready to make a donation to a couple or individual who cannot conceive on their own, contact us today!