Egg Donation Questions

Q: How is an egg donor matched to a couple?

A: The couple makes the selection from individual donor profiles that are provided to the couple. Many of the donors have provided childhood photographs to share with the recipient couple. We do not share any adult photographs if the match is anonymous.


Q: How many cycles may a donor take part in?

A: Our agency will allow a donor to participate in up to six donor egg cycles.


Q: How does the egg retrieval process work?

A: The egg donor will be given intravenous anesthesia and the doctor will use a vaginal ultrasound to guide a thin needle into the ovarian follicles. Fluid containing eggs is removed with gentle suction and examined at the Center’s IVF laboratory. Mature eggs are removed from the fluid. Following exposure to the sperm, the egg(s) is/are fertilized. The resulting embryo(s) is/are monitored in the laboratory for five days before one or two of the resulting embryos are placed into the recipient’s uterus.After retrieval of the donor’s eggs is complete, the donor will likely experience some cramps and minor discomfort. Occasionally egg donors will report ovarian enlargement and discomfort, symptoms of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome. This may require additional monitoring.


Q: How long does the egg retrieval process take?

A: The procedure itself lasts only 15 to 20 minutes. To ensure the egg donors safety and well being, they will have to recover at the clinic for 45 minutes to two hours following the procedure. Because the egg donor will have been sedated, they will need a friend or family member to drive them home and possibly stay with them for the day.


Q: Are egg donation cycles ever cancelled?

A: Cancellation of an egg donation cycle is unlikely but may occur if the donor:

-Fails to respond to the medication

-Responds too strongly to the medication

-Changes her mind regarding the donation cycle


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