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Egg Donation Process:
- Appointment for medical evaluation and detailed explanation of how program works. A consent form is also signed indicating that the donor has no responsibility or claim there of to the child that may be born from this egg donation.
- Blood tests on day 2 or 3 of egg donor’s cycle (period). Thyroid function, ovary function, blood group (if unknown), HIV and Hepatitis B.
- If blood tests come back good, then a physical is scheduled with the doctor. This is usually during office hours.
- If all is good, then the donor starts the egg donor programme with the start of her next cycle. The fertility sister will also align the egg donor’s cycle to the recipient’s cycle. With the start of the egg donor programme, the egg donor takes medication to stimulate follicle and egg development for a period of about 2 weeks. The donor will need to have injections over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. The injections are very easy to administer and are administered much the same as a diabetic would give himself an insulin injection.
- During this time of about 2 weeks – the egg donor comes in for about 2 or 3 scans to monitor the donors’ response to the medications and to evaluate egg size and growth. These scans have to be done on specific days but egg donors can come in to the clinic from as early as 7am and donors are not required to wait. Egg donors are seen first because every one knows what a special deed they are doing. These scans are really quick, so you can be in and out in no time.
- Once the egg donor ovulates, the eggs are ready to be extracted. This is a very simple procedure that requires a morning at the clinic. Egg donors are given an injection that makes them sleep. Whilst asleep, the eggs are retrieved via the vagina. This is not an operation – there are no incisions that are going to hurt afterwards or leave any scars. Worst side effect is slight bloatedness. Egg donors can go home within an hour or two of having the procedure done
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