An Overview of the Egg Donation Procedure
Egg donation offers a wonderful opportunity for women and couples who have struggled with infertility to have children. Procedures involving egg donation are generally associated with high success rates because this process allows our physicians to circumvent many types of infertility with varying causes. Pacific Surrogacy & Egg Donation has helped many women and couples complete their families with an egg donation procedure. Our Los Angeles, CA, fertility clinic can help patients find suitable egg donors and gestational carriers to make their dreams of having a family a reality. If you have considered participating in egg donation or using donated eggs and would like more information about the procedure, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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Preparing for the Egg Donation Procedure
The first step in the egg donation process consists of an initial screening visit at the doctor's office. If the egg donor lives outside of Los Angeles, we can help them find a local clinic to have any necessary pre-cycle testing performed. The initial stages of testing will typically consist of blood work during the egg donor's menstrual cycle and a psychological screening. A transvaginal ultrasound is required to gain a visual representation of the uterus and ovaries.
If certain criteria are met during the first stage, the second round of testing can begin. This stage will typically consist of medical and genetic testing to see if the egg donor is at risk for passing on any inherited conditions. Additional testing for sexually transmitted diseases will be performed at the onset of the cycle, due to FDA regulations.
After the donor has been medically cleared, the legal process can begin. Our attorneys will draw up contracts that will be signed by both the egg donor and the recipients. Once all the paperwork has been completed, we will receive legal clearance to begin the next stage of the process.
Synchronization and Ovarian Stimulation
Next, we will begin synchronizing the cycles of the egg donor and the recipient. This can typically be accomplished by using birth control pills. The donor will then begin ovarian stimulation to encourage her body to produce multiple eggs, using the same medications that are implemented in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. At this stage, the donor will need to be available for several appointments in order to monitor her condition. One of our physicians will draw blood and perform ultrasounds to determine the optimal time to harvest the eggs.
Once the eggs are mature, the donor will come in for the egg retrieval procedure. This minimally invasive procedure is performed using a needle which is inserted through the vagina and guided by ultrasound. The surgery takes approximately 30 minutes and requires an additional two hours of post-operative recovery time. The procedure is performed under anesthesia, and is associated with only minor discomfort. Once the eggs have been retrieved from the donor, they will be ready for the egg recipient to use in an IVF cycle.
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If you have considered egg donation and would like more information about the process, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled doctors.