Diane (not her real name) has embarked on the journey of becoming an egg donor at CNY Fertility Center and will share her thoughts during the process in her blog here. If Diane’s journey and stories that she shares compels you to look in to becoming an egg donor we would love to get you started. The first step is to fill out our Donor Eligibility Questionnaire – click here to begin.
The Recipient is Ready:
Today I took another step forward in the process of becoming an egg donor. Upon arrival today, the visit began much like my last visit. I first had to once again provide a urine sample and they also had to draw blood again. We also had to do another ultra sound. This time the ultra sound was done to determine if my follicles were ready to start the medications that I would be on for the next couple of weeks. Happily, my follicles looked ready to go and my ovaries were symmetrical in size which meant there were no cysts present. The presence of a cyst would, evidently, complicate the process a bit. Luckily everything looked great and the nurses stepped out to determine the exact treatment plan.
A couple of minutes later the nurse returned with a typed up plan and a bag with the medication enclosed. The nurses decided that I would be starting the follicle stimulating hormones on Saturday and that my next appointment would be Monday. Monday’s appointment would consist of another blood draw and ultra sound.
The process of starting the medication was simple. Once a day I would give myself a small injection in my abdomen about one inch away from my belly button. The nurse had the “pen” (which is basically an apparatus that already contains the medication, a system for dosing it appropriately for each day, and a place for a fresh needle to attach each day). We went over how to put a clean needle on each day (which was very easy, each needle is in its own small package and just twists into place onto the pen), then how to set the dosage (again, this was very easy; all you have to do is click the appropriate number so it lines up with the big arrow), then she explained where the injection goes, and how to put it in (at a 90 degree angle). I will be giving myself this particular medicine at this particular dosage for one week. This medicine will stimulate my body to produce eggs, then I will switch to taking a medicine that will tell my body not to ovulate (as this needs to be timed perfectly with the recipient), and finally I will take a medicine that will tell my body to ovulate at the ideal time.
I came away from today’s appointment armed with new information and a bag of follicle stimulating hormones. The process, although made easy and as straight forward as possible by the fertility team, is a complex one. I have to say, I give a lot of credit to couples who endure this process. I am only getting a tiny glimpse into this as an egg donor. I can now begin to appreciate the tenacity it takes for couples to go through fertility treatments. And I also have to give the entire staff at the fertility center a lot of credit as well. Their jobs are not only to deal with the technical side of hormone levels and lab tests but also the emotional side of this very personal journey. Bravo to both the families that have gone through fertility treatments and to the fertility teams for making this difficult process as effortless as possible for the couples.