For women and couples who have had difficulty conceiving on their own, egg donation represents an opportunity to start or grow a family. The egg donation procedure works by retrieving healthy eggs from a donor who has been rigorously tested and screened. Once the eggs have been fertilized using in vitro fertilization (IVF), the embryos can be transferred to the mother's uterus. Our physicians have helped many women and couples become egg recipients in the Los Angeles, CA, area. Egg donation is an effective way to work around many causes of infertility, and the process typically has very high success rates. If you have been unable to conceive and would like to learn more about how egg donation can help you, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.
Partnering with Pacific Surrogacy & Egg Donation, Inc. can help you save money, time, and energy. We will work with you every step of the way, alleviating any concerns and answering your questions.
Choosing an Egg Donor
When you come in to our office, you will be provided with a donor list to look through. The list will contain a picture of each donor and basic information, such as height, weight, hair, and eye color. The donors on our list have already undergone some basic medical screenings and have met certain requirements. When you choose to proceed with a donor, they will start a second, more intensive round of tests. We perform these screenings to ensure that the donor is in excellent health and fully prepared for the emotional and psychological aspects associated with the egg donation process.
Before moving forward with the egg donation process, one of our caring doctors will perform a thorough evaluation to ensure that your health would not be jeopardized by pregnancy. He may also perform various tests to identify any abnormalities that could interfere with the success of an IVF cycle using donated eggs, or factors that may affect implantation or pregnancy.
When all preparatory medical exams have been completed, you and the donor will need to synchronize your menstrual cycles through the use of birth control or other medications. This step ensures that when the eggs are retrieved from the donor and fertilized in the laboratory, your uterus will be prepared to accept the embryos once they have been transferred.
Uterine Preparation and Fertilization
While the donor is undergoing ovarian stimulation, you will be using injectable and oral medications to prepare your endometrium for the implantation of embryos. At the appropriate time, the eggs will be surgically retrieved from the donor and prepared for fertilization in our laboratory using either a donated sample or your partner's sperm. When healthy embryos have developed, our specialists will select the most viable specimens for transfer to your uterus.
The embryo transfer procedure can usually be performed in as little as 30 minutes. Using ultrasound imaging as a guide, one of our physicians will place the embryos into the uterus using a catheter that passes through the vagina and cervix. This procedure typically does not require anesthesia. Although most patients report only mild discomfort, you will be instructed to rest for the remainder of the day. Our physicians will provide you with additional medications to increase the chances of a successful implantation.