Thank you for even considering becoming an egg donor. There are many people who are in need of help in their family building and amazing women like you are key to that. However, as much as we would like to accept every potential candidate as an IntEGGrity egg donor, not every woman can actually donate eggs. We follow the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) guidelines on egg donation in order to ensure that we are maximizing the chances of a resulting pregnancy. But, it is important to note that we also adhere to certain rules and regulations for specific legal reasons.
Typically, egg donors are between the ages of 21 and 29 and all egg donor candidates must have several medical consultations before they are accepted into our program. This includes a physical, a genetic screening, a gynecological examination, and a psychological evaluation. We also ask for detailed medical and family histories, which are thoroughly reviewed by our medical team to identify and address any concerns at the outset. All egg donors will talk to a legal representative to understand her legal rights and responsibilities as a donor, as well as the legal processes that the donor recipient will undertake.
How do we proceed with our egg donors?
All egg donors are subject to an application and approval process that they must go through. This is a requirement and no step can be missed. You will start with an interview to make that sure you understand the egg donor program in full. As soon as you are selected for our program, you will start taking birth control pills. You will then go through a full medical, genetic and psychological screening process, after which a genetic counsellor and doctor will review your results with you. Our team is here to support and guide you throughout the process. We will ensure that you feel valued, cared for, and appreciated.
The Medical process
- Pelvic exam
- Blood tests (for hormone levels)
- Uterus and Ovaries Ultrasound
- Infectious disease testing
- Blood testing (nicotine, alcohol, drugs, medications)
- Medical history of you and any blood relatives
The Legal Process
You must provide consent before the process can begin. This involves more than just signing the legal paperwork. Everyone involved must be fully informed on every step of the process and must agree on all points. This is not only the medical side of things but the process from the outset, which is why we go through everything with you. You are able to change your mind at any time, and you would never be pressured to undertake procedures against your will.
Your medical bills for the egg donation will all be covered by the donor recipient. No expenses will be billed to you or to your insurance (if you have it).
We ask you to sign up exclusively to our program.
Will donating eggs affect my daily routine?
In the short-term, you have to fill out paperwork, and take care of administrative tasks. Once the intake is done, it’s the medical side of things that has an impact on your daily life. During the medical process, you will have to inject yourself once a day and be available to go for blood-tests and ultrasounds. It is also likely that you will have to travel to the clinic of the intended parents' choice for approximately seven days (expenses paid.) You will not be allowed to drink alcohol, smoke, take drugs, or have unprotected sex during the cycle (we recommend no sex at all as you will be on medications to stimulate your fertility and therefore have a very high risk of getting pregnant if you have sex!)
Will the Donor Recipient know who I am?
Most of our egg donors are known to the recipients and the level of contact is governed by the legal contract that is signed between the parties. This being said, no single type of contact arrangement is ideal for everyone and we realize that known donation is not for every donor. Therefore, we are upfront with all parties, and match donors to recipients who are looking for the same level of contact.
What is the timeline for egg donation?
Once you are accepted to the program and have been pre-selected by a recipient the following things happen:
- You are put on birth control medication to suppress your ovarian function. We do this to be able to control the timing around your donation.
- You will come in to meet with a team member to instruct you how to do the injections at home.
- You will have to start injecting medications to stimulate your ovaries.
- You will do between 10-14 days of injections depending upon how you react to the medications. You will likely come to the IVF clinic around day 7 of these injections.