How to Become an Egg Donor

The team at Cryos International is comprised of experts in the industry and are compassionate and understanding of your unique situation. Our egg donor coordinator will help you through the entire process and answer any questions you have.

Before sending in your application, it is important that you decide which type of egg donor you want to be: Anonymous or Non-Anonymous. You can also read about the Extended Profile.

 

1. Fill out the Donor Application

First step is filling out the Donor Application form online. Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by one og our employees on how to proceed.

2. Complete a detailed questionnaire

If you initially qualify to participate as a donor, we will ask you to complete a more detailed questionnaire that will ask for information about your physical characteristics, you and your families' medical and educational backgrounds, and your interests and personality. Many of our recipient parents (the people who use donor eggs) choose donors who have characteristics similar to their own, so this information is very helpful to them.

3. Attend a donor candidate meeting

During this meeting we will review the detailed questionnaire as well as go through all of the steps and details involved in being an egg donor and answer any questions you may have. Donor agreements will be signed and you will be registered in our database. A saliva sample must be supplied for genetic testing.

4. Egg donor exams

After the donor candidate meeting, we will schedule an appointment to visit our physician for an examination which includes a physical exam, pelvic ultrasound and a blood draw used for an ovarian assessment test. There is no cost for the appointment or any screenings and no insurance information is required. A clinical examination will also be scheduled with our egg donor coordinator who will ensure all information has been received. A blood test will screen for infectious diseases.

5. 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.

6. Stimulation and egg production

After we have confirmed that your cycle has been suppressed, you will begin taking medication with hormones similar to what your body produces during ovulation to stimulate egg production. This medication needs to be injected by you or someone close to you twice a day for 1-2 weeks. During this time, you will come in for 4-6 brief morning appointments for ultrasounds and blood draws to monitor your response to the medications and make adjustments if necessary. It is important that you abstain from intercourse during this time as you can become pregnant.

7. Egg retrieval procedure

The egg retrieval is an ultrasound-guided procedure to retrieve the eggs from your ovaries. Lasting approximately 30 minutes, the procedure is performed using general anesthesia and requires you have someone to drive you home. On the day of retrieval, you are welcome to have someone accompany you and you will need to schedule the day off from work or school. After the procedure, you will need to refrain from strenuous activities and heavy lifting for two weeks, otherwise you are able to return to your normal activities the next day.

1. Fill out the Donor Application

First step is filling out the Donor Application form online. Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by one og our employees on how to proceed.

2. Complete a detailed questionnaire

If you initially qualify to participate as a donor, we will ask you to complete a more detailed questionnaire that will ask for information about your physical characteristics, you and your families' medical and educational backgrounds, and your interests and personality. Many of our recipient parents (the people who use donor eggs) choose donors who have characteristics similar to their own, so this information is very helpful to them.

3. Attend a donor candidate meeting

During this meeting we will review the detailed questionnaire as well as go through all of the steps and details involved in being an egg donor and answer any questions you may have. Donor agreements will be signed and you will be registered in our database. A saliva sample must be supplied for genetic testing.

4. Egg donor exams

After the donor candidate meeting, we will schedule an appointment to visit our physician for an examination which includes a physical exam, pelvic ultrasound and a blood draw used for an ovarian assessment test. There is no cost for the appointment or any screenings and no insurance information is required. A clinical examination will also be scheduled with our egg donor coordinator who will ensure all information has been received. A blood test will screen for infectious diseases.

5. 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.

6. Stimulation and egg production

After we have confirmed that your cycle has been suppressed, you will begin taking medication with hormones similar to what your body produces during ovulation to stimulate egg production. This medication needs to be injected by you or someone close to you twice a day for 1-2 weeks. During this time, you will come in for 4-6 brief morning appointments for ultrasounds and blood draws to monitor your response to the medications and make adjustments if necessary. It is important that you abstain from intercourse during this time as you can become pregnant.

7. Egg retrieval procedure

The egg retrieval is an ultrasound-guided procedure to retrieve the eggs from your ovaries. Lasting approximately 30 minutes, the procedure is performed using general anesthesia and requires you have someone to drive you home. On the day of retrieval, you are welcome to have someone accompany you and you will need to schedule the day off from work or school. After the procedure, you will need to refrain from strenuous activities and heavy lifting for two weeks, otherwise you are able to return to your normal activities the next day.