Our successful egg donation program recruits egg donors, between the ages of 21 and 28, from the Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh areas. If you would like to become an egg donor, you will need to be able to commit to the following:
- Self-injection of medication
- Frequent blood testing, requiring blood draw
- Frequent transvaginal ultrasounds
- Early morning availability
- Use of alternate form of contraception while in the cycle
- Committed time frame once your cycle is scheduled
- Psychological evaluation for the screening process
- Agree to report to our clinic any significant changes that could affect the status of your health, such as communicable diseases, tattoos, piercings, family history, and so on
- Agree to report any travel or planned travel to where the Zika virus is being actively transmitted. See the CDC website for more information.
General Steps in the Egg Donor Process
Prequalifying for Egg Donation (application and testing)
- Application and Medical History Questionnaire and Psychological Testing –provide complete and specific information about your personal and family medical history
- Blood tests — for this you must discontinue using birth control pills
- Transvaginal ultrasound
Matching for Egg Donation (once application and testing are completed and results are acceptable)
- Your profile is accepted into the donor pool and all identifying information is removed.
- The profile is submitted to potential recipients.
- A recipient must review and accept your profile as the donor for their upcoming cycle.
- The process of matching can be unpredictable. It is possible that you will be found eligible for egg donation, but that your profile may not be selected by a recipient couple.
Secondary Screening for Egg Donation
When a recipient selects your profile, you’ll be scheduled for the second phase of screening as required by the FDA for individuals who are providing tissue for transfer. This involves:
- Completing an FDA risk assessment questionnaire
- Meeting with a physician who will review the risk assessment questionnaire and conduct a physical examination
- Undergoing blood testing for communicable diseases (Results will be available in 7-10 days.)
If any of the tests results are positive, even in the case of a false positive (as required by FDA regulations), the cycle will be cancelled. If all test results are acceptable, you will proceed with the cycle, which will be monitored on a regular basis.
Egg Donor Cycle
- When you begin the egg donor cycle, your cycle will be regulated to match your corresponding recipient.
- The actual donor cycle through the post operative visit usually lasts approximately six weeks.
- There will be periods of time, as with the initial screening when you will need to use alternate forms of birth control to avoid the risk of pregnancy. Abstinence is the only way to ensure that you will not become pregnant.
- It is important that you follow all instructions and make all appointments as required.
Egg Donation Retrieval
- On the day of the retrieval you will be given a mild anesthesia and you will need to have someone to drive you home.
- You will take additional medications post retrieval.
- You will receive ½ of the honorarium payment on the day of retrieval.
Post Op Visit
- You will be required to return to the office for one post operative visit.
- At this appointment you will receive the second half of the honorarium payment.