Congratulations – you’ve recently matched with your egg donor and are ready to begin your parenthood journey. The first step in the egg donation process is your egg donor’s medical screening, where your fertility center will determine her eligibility to participate in egg donation.
How does egg donor medical screening work?
The process of egg donor medical screening varies from clinic to clinic. While most fertility centers require an egg donor to attend a screening appointment where all required testing will be completed over a 3-4 hour visit, some centers allow an egg donor to screen locally with screening to be done over several appointments.
What tests will my egg donor undergo during the screening process?
During egg donor medical screening, your selected candidate will most likely undergo the following screening tests:
1. comprehensive physical exam
2. baseline testing to determine her ovarian reserve
3. communicable disease testing as required by the FDA
4. drug and nicotine testing
5. genetic testing to determine genetic compatibility
6. genetic counseling appointment to discuss medical history for her and her extended family
7. mental health evaluation and personality test with a social worker or a psychologist
How long will it take to know if my egg donor is medically cleared?
Your selected egg donor’s test results will be available in 2-3 weeks following her appointment, and you will receive news of medical clearance from your medical team. Once results are available, you are one step closer to your egg donation cycle, where you will begin the legal agreement process with your selected egg donor candidate.
Disclaimer: The content provided above is not intended for, nor should it be used as, a substitute for professional medical advice. It should not replace a conversation you have directly with your medical provider’s office regarding your egg donor’s screening and what tests your fertility center performs. Prior to the commencement of your egg donation cycle, we strongly encourage you discuss egg donor screening with your medical team.