How Does The Egg Donation Process Work?

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR INTENDED PARENTS

Getting Started

Deciding to use donor eggs to start your family can feel like a very overwhelming process and you probably have a lot of questions. At Plum, we guide you through every step of the egg donation process.

Step 1: Finding an Egg Donor

The first step in the egg donation process is to find the right egg donor. To help you do that, our fertility professionals carefully screen qualified egg donors.

  • Register to browse our Egg Donor Database. You can register online or contact our office to get started. Once you’ve registered you’ll be able to view donor profiles, which include information about the donor’s background such as medical history, education level, family history, and more.
  • Select your egg donor. After you’ve selected one of our elite egg donors, our donor coordinator will reach out to her to confirm her availability. Then we will send you a formal agreement and the first half of our agency fee will be due at this time.

Step 2: Egg Donor Screenings

Our donor coordinator will contact your chosen fertility clinic and provide them with the donor information on your behalf. Your fertility clinic will determine if the following tests are needed:

  • A psychological evaluation. The donor will speak with a licensed psychologist to make sure she fully understands the benefits and risks of egg donation.
  • A fertility screening. The donor will be evaluated by a reproductive endocrinologist who will perform ultrasounds and blood tests to ensure proper ovarian function and reserve.
  • A Medical Screening. The donor will be tested for blood type, infectious diseases, drug use, and general health.
  • Genetic Testing. The donor will be tested to see if she is a carrier of any genetic diseases.

Step 3: The Legal Process of Egg Donation

Once all of the medical screenings have been completed, a legal contract will be drawn up between you and the donor. We try to keep the anonymity of the donors and the intended parents. You and the donor will have separate legal guidance and your identity will not be disclosed unless otherwise planned.

Step 4: Egg Retrieval

During this phase in the egg donation process, your clinic will get a schedule for the donor and order the medications needed for her cycle.

  • Your donor will go through an IVF cycle where the clinic will have her take injectable medication for about 8-12 days to stimulate the eggs in the ovaries. They will monitor the development of the eggs using ultrasounds and blood work.
  • Retrieving the eggs. When the eggs are mature, the doctor will retrieve the eggs through the vaginal wall while the donor is under light sedation.

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Step 5: Fertilization and Embryo Transfer

The clinic will fertilize the eggs with the sperm and let the embryos grow for a certain amount of days. Some clinics may freeze the embryos at this point or transfer them into the intended mother’s uterus or the uterus of a gestational carrier.

Could Using Donor Eggs Be the Next Step in Your Journey?