In this article, we will provide you with a more detailed explanation of what to expect during your egg donor screening day.
Congratulations. You recently completed your egg donor application and have been officially matched with a hopeful couple to begin your very first egg donation cycle. We imagine that you’re excited to begin this new journey, but are wondering what happens next.
Well, once we’ve talked with you about your availability and any restrictions you may have for your egg donation cycle, the next step in the donation process is to schedule your egg donor screening day, where you will undergo medical screening to determine your eligibility to participate in egg donation with your recipient parents.
How does the medical screening work?
Medical screening varies from clinic to clinic. However, most fertility centers require an egg donor to attend to a screening trip to the clinic, where all required testing is completed over a 3-4 hour visit. If you’re quite some distance from the fertility center, we will fly you to your clinic location the day before your appointment, then fly you home the afternoon or evening of your appointment. Click HERE to learn about travel arrangements.
What tests will I undergo on egg donor screening day?
During your egg donor screening day, you will undergo the following:
1. comprehensive physical exam
2. baseline testing to determine your ovarian reserve
3. communicable disease testing as required by the FDA
4. drug and nicotine testing
5. genetic testing to determine genetic compatibility with your recipient parents
6. genetic counseling appointment to discuss medical history for you and your extended family
7. mental health evaluation and personality test with a social worker or a psychologist
As you can imagine, the screening process is thorough and in-depth, and receiving medical clearance is an exciting step forward in your journey, as well is as a major milestone for your hopeful parents.
How can you prepare for your screening visit?
Below you’ll find some helpful hints and tips for successfully navigating your egg donor screening day.
1. Be sure you’re well-rested and well-hydrated ahead of your travels.
2. Re-confirm your appointment time and location with your nursing team before you travel.
3. Avoid drinking alcohol ahead of your appointment.
4. If you take over-the-counter medication or prescription medication, bring them to your appointment.
5. Upon arrival to the clinic, introduce yourself to the medical team. They are your medical advocates through egg donation cycle and little niceties go a long way with a positive, amicable working relationship.
6. Prepare a list of questions you want to ask your medical team.
7. Be prepared to answer questions about your family’s health history.
8. Bring along juice and a snack, as well as a book to read, as screening appointments often run long and have some down time.
9. Reminder for afterward: reach out to your clinical team after the appointment with any questions you may have, and be sure to thank them for taking the time to meet with you.
When will I receive my test results?
Your test results will be available in 2-3 weeks following your appointment, and you will receive news of medical clearance from your nursing team. Once results are available, you are one step closer to the egg donation cycle itself, and you will begin the legal agreement process with your intended parents.
Contact us today if you have any questions.