It’s an incredibly personal decision when a woman chooses to become an egg donor. The ability to help an individual or couple achieve parenthood through egg donation is a powerful concept.
With that said, once a woman is an egg donor candidate at a reputable agency a bit of a waiting game can take place. Undeniably, this stretch of time is punctuated by anticipation and excitement.
When a donor’s profile ultimately appears on an agency’s site, intending parents will have the opportunity to review it. Future parents will be able to peruse a variety of photos of their prospective donor such as baby, child, and adult images. Some top-tier agencies also may upload three to five minute videos of their donors so intending parents can view more than just pictures, which add another dimension to everyone’s experience.
Once an intending parent(s) choose a donor, the agency reaches out to check on her availability.
That’s the first step.
Following a donor’s acceptance, her profile is sent to a fertility clinic. However, if she is a repeat donor, the agency will send both her profile and medical records from previous cycles to the clinic. At this point, agencies will also ask for their most recent pap smear (within a year). Depending on the clinic, they may also choose to repeat the test.
The agency will then forward the donor’s records to the clinic. When received, the clinic then approves the donor either based upon their profile alone or their profile plus the medical records.
If this particular donor is approved, she is now considered a good donor for these parents-to-be. It’s important to note that she is not medically cleared, but she’s been a proven, accepted donor at this clinic and for the process.
That’s step two.
Once the clinic has approved the egg donor, they update the agency on their decision. The agency then confirms the match between the donor and intending parent(s).
Moving forward, the agency sends the clinic a “match sheet” with both the donor and intending parent(s) information. The donor’s match sheet will include her last menstrual cycle, any blackout dates, and confirms her agreement in becoming a donor.
Working alongside the clinic, the agency will follow the medical protocol they receive in scheduling a donor’s appointments.
Different clinics have their own medical testing protocol for egg donation. Generally, this runs the gamut of a full panel of genetics, AMH to test a donor’s follicle size, FSH levels, and vaginal ultrasound.
On average, it may take two to three weeks for these lab results to filter back to the clinic. Once they are in, the clinic will let the agency and intending parent(s) know if their donor has been medically cleared.
And that’s step three to a very fulfilling journey in making parenthood dreams come true.