How to Become an Egg Donor
The team at Cryos is comprised of experts in the industry and are compassionate and understanding of your unique situation. Our egg donor coordinators will help you through the entire process and answer any questions you have.
1. Fill out the Donor Application
First step is filling out the Egg Donor Application form online. This will determine your initial eligibility. If you are approved, then you will move on to step 2.
2. Complete a detailed questionnaire
If you initially qualify to participate as an egg donor candidate (step 1), you will be sent a link via email to complete a more detailed questionnaire that includes medical and genetic history about you and your family members going back to your biological grandparents. (If you do not see this e-mail, you may want to check your junk or spam folders)
3. Attend an egg donor candidate meeting
If you are eligible, we will invite you to attend a donor candidate meeting here at our office. During this meeting, we will explain the entire process involved in being an egg donor and answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in moving forward, donor agreements will be signed and initial lab testing will be done. Once the initial test results are received you will be asked to come in for a quick blood draw for genetic testing.
4. Free psychological assessment
We want you to feel comfortable with your decision to become an egg donor. A confidential consultation with our mental health professional is required for all egg donors. There is no cost for this evaluation and it is done at a private practice counseling office.
5. Egg donor exams
After the psychological assessment, we will schedule an appointment to visit our physician for an examination which includes a physical exam, pelvic ultrasound and a blood draw. There is no cost for the appointment or for any screenings and no insurance information is required. Once you see the physician we will start you on birth control pills with your next period.
6. Stimulation and Monitoring
A few weeks after (Step 5), the egg retrieval date will be set and you will come in to receive medication training and your medical calendar. The medications you will be taking are self-administered injections that will stimulate the ovarian follicles to produce and mature eggs as well as temporarily suppress ovulation. These injections span between 10-14 days.
While taking the injections, you will be required to attend 4-6 morning appointments for routine blood tests and ultrasounds to ensure your body is responding properly to the stimulation medications. These appointments are usually quick and you’re on your way.
7. Egg retrieval procedure
When the eggs are mature, you will return to Cryos for the egg retrieval. The procedure takes about 20-30 minutes and requires about 1-2 hours of post-operative recovery. Your eggs are removed with needle through the vagina under ultrasound guidance. During the procedure, you will be given intravenous (IV) sedation so you will not experience any pain during, or have recollection of, the procedure. You will need to have a companion drive you to and from the procedure, and we require that you clear your schedule so you may rest for the remainder of the day. Most donors can return to work and their normal day-to-day activities within 24 hours. Keep in mind that everybody is different, so symptoms and recovery time can vary from person to person.