First, congratulations on being selected for your very first egg donation cycle! You’re about to embark on an amazing journey to provide a chance for hopeful parents to create a family. What are the various steps involved in egg donation after being matched?
First, Creating New Generations will send you and your intended parents official match agreement forms to complete and return. These forms outline your compensation request and covered expenses, as well as provide details about the treating fertility center and medical protocol used where you will undergo your egg donation cycle.
After official match forms are returned, you will undergo medical screening. The screening process is one of the necessary steps involved in egg donation, involving a thorough medical evaluation to determine your suitability for egg donation, as well as ensuring medical compatibility with your intended parents. You will undergo communicable disease screening, drug testing, and genetic testing. In addition, you will undergo a physical exam and Pap smear, and will participate in baseline testing to evaluate your ovarian reserve. You will discuss with the treating medical team the risks associated with egg donation, the types of medication you will take during your treatment cycle, and you will be provided instructions for administering your medication while in cycle. Finally, you will meet with a social worker or psychologist to participate in a psychological evaluation, where you’ll talk about your thoughts and feelings surrounding egg donation and discuss how you might feel about egg donation in the future.
Some fertility centers schedule a complete and thorough screening visit in one day, over 3-4 hours, whereas other fertility centers may permit screening to be performed locally and coordinated in multiple visits at a nearby laboratory or fertility clinic. In all, egg donor screening requires responsibility and reliability, in addition to a strong commitment to the donation process.
Upon receiving medical clearance following your screening appointment, you will begin the egg donor-intended parent legal agreement process of your egg donation cycle, yet another one of the steps involved in egg donation. You and your hopeful recipients will create a legal agreement outlining all the key elements of your egg donation cycle. On average, the legal agreement process takes approximately two weeks and it involves you working on-on-one with a legal representative to review your egg donor-intended parent legal agreement and ask questions about anything you may not understand.
Your Egg Donation Cycle
The final step involved with egg donation – the egg donation cycle itself – and begins with your first injection. Over a period of 10-12 days, you will administer daily injections at the instruction of your treating medical team. Most egg donors are instructed to take injections in the morning and in the evening. In addition, morning monitoring appointments are necessary to assess follicular development by performing ultrasound and having blood work drawn. These test results help your treatment team determine the best possible time for your egg retrieval procedure, and will give you very detailed instructions for egg retrieval. Ultimately, your success is dependent upon attending all appointments as requested by your treating team, as well as asking questions when you are unsure of instructions (medical staff will be available day or night to help). It requires careful attention to detail and following instructions diligently.
Following your egg retrieval and the conclusion of your egg donation cycle, you will be left with a feeling of accomplishment, and a sense of pride in giving the chance of parenthood to someone. You will also be compensated for your time, inconvenience, and discomfort through the duration of the cycle.
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