STEPS TO DONATING YOUR EGGS
Thank you for your interest in CNY Fertility’s Egg Donor Program. Your participation can be a very gratifying and interesting experience. Egg donation offers hope to infertile couples and single women who would otherwise have little or no chance of achieving a pregnancy. Your contribution is genuinely a “gift of life”. Pregnancy initiation with donated eggs (PRIDE) is a complex procedure made up of many different steps. Educating yourself about what to expect at each step will make the process more manageable and less stressful for you.
Our program is anonymous. Once you complete our application process you will be assigned a number and our recipients will only know you by that number. Donor profiles are not viewable by the general public. All information is confidential.
STEP 1: SCREENING FOR EGG DONOR CANIDATES
The first step toward becoming an egg donor includes filling out the egg donor application. To qualify to be an egg donor, you must be 20-32 years old, in good physical health, and have a height and weight within normal limits.
STEP 2: BEING CHOSEN
Some donors are chosen within weeks to months of their joining our program. We cannot guarantee if or when this will take place. Once you are chosen you will be contacted by one of our team members who will schedule you to come in for an initial exam. At this appointment you will provide us with blood and urine samples, you will have a transvaginal ultrasound, and a mini physical exam. It takes approximately 2 weeks to get results back from your testing. You will be instructed to call with day 1 or your period.
STEP 3: PREPARING TO DONATE
In order to prepare your ovaries for stimulation and synchronize your cycle with the recipient’s cycle you may be started on birth control pills. You will be advised about the infertility medicine injections you will be giving yourself at home for 10-12 days. You will be required to visit our office for blood work and ultrasound every 2-3 days during ovarian stimulation to monitor your egg production. The entire process takes about 4-6 weeks of planning.
STEP 4: COLLECTING THE DONATED EGGS
The egg retrieval is performed in the morning and under IV sedation. The actual procedure takes about 15 minutes. The eggs are recovered vaginally using ultrasound as a guide. You will have a short recovery period in the office afterwards, and it is recommended that you spend the remainder of the day quietly at home. Most women feel fine afterwards and the next day. Your normal period usually returns in about two weeks.
STEP 5: COMPENSATION
Upon completion of the egg donation cycle you will receive compensation of $4000 for your time. No costs associated with the donation process will be charged to you. You can donate up to 6 times, and receive up to $24,000 in compensation.