HOW TO DONATE EGGS
While providing someone the chance to become a parent is incredibly rewarding, for some women, the process can feel overwhelming and complicated. Midwest Fertility Specialists will guide you through the process, answering questions and providing support along the way. Below is each step of the egg donation process. Our donor coordinators welcome your call if you have any questions.
1. Egg Donor Eligibility Questionnaire
Fill out the egg donor eligibility questionnaire. You will be contacted within two business days about your eligibility status. If you are eligible to proceed, you will be given access on our website where you can complete the entire donor application.
2. Initial Consult
When your application is completed, reviewed and accepted, we will schedule a visit to our office during which you will complete a personality and psychological assessment. At this appointment, we will discuss the cycle details. Our donor coordinators will answer your questions and walk through the process with you. A blood draw will also be done to test ovarian function. If you have previously donated eggs at another fertility center, please let us know so that we can obtain your records and potentially modify your screening process.
3. Psychological Counseling
Each donor will have a 1-2 hour clinical interview with a licensed psychologist at The Cabin Counseling and Resource Center prior to starting an egg donor cycle. Please see the counseling and support tab (?) for more information about this process.
After you have completed the clinical interview, you will be asked to schedule an exam and sonogram to evaluate your ovaries. You will have blood collected for genetic screening and infectious disease testing. In approximately three weeks, we will contact you with your results. If all results are within normal limits, you will be approved as an active donor. 5. Matching Once your profile is active, recipients may view it using a password protected website. You will be contacted upon your selection.
6. Medical Process (In cycle)
To begin the donation process, you will need to begin taking birth control pills. Your donor coordinator will then provide a plan and a calendar with your anticipated appointment dates. Your coordinator will instruct you on how to self-administer subcutaneous injections. You will self-administer them one to two times a day over the next three to four weeks. During this time you will have frequent blood testing and sonograms to monitor your ovaries. When your physician determines that your follicles are mature, you will be instructed to self-administer a trigger injection. Your retrieval will be scheduled to occur 36 hours after the trigger injection.
7. Donor Egg Retrieval
Your eggs will be retrieved during an outpatient procedure at our IVF Suite at Midwest Fertility Specialists. Sedation will be administered from an anesthesiologist to minimize discomfort. The retrieval takes about 30 minutes, and it is followed by a one hour recovery time. You can expect to be groggy and have some uterine cramping for several hours following the procedure. You will be given post-procedure pain medications to take at home as needed to minimize discomfort. Be sure you have someone to drive you home after the retrieval.
8. Egg Donation Compensation
As an egg donor, your gift of life will be fairly compensated. Outside of paying for any associated costs, the compensation for being an egg donor at Midwest Fertility Specialists is up to $5,000 per donation cycle. Your compensation can be picked up at Midwest Fertility a few days after your retrieval.