If you’re thinking about using frozen donor eggs to conceive, you need to feel secure in your choice. What is the screening process for our egg donors? How can you know you’re receiving the best quality donor eggs as you begin your journey of becoming a parent? The answer lies in Fairfax EggBank’s rigorous screening process. We know how much is at stake for you and your family. Let’s break down the steps involved in our screening process for a prospective egg donor, from beginning to end.
The Journey Begins: Multiple Locations, One Process
The donor’s journey begins at one of our clinic locations around the country, ensuring a varied range of donors. We recruit at multiple locations, but it’s important to understand that our processes are entirely centralized. Fairfax EggBank manages all recruiting and screening to ensure that every egg donor goes through the same standard of screening and testing procedures, no matter where she starts. This ensures the highest standard of accuracy, control, and quality when it comes to your precious donor eggs.
Complete Evaluation of Medical History and Genetics
Our team of reproductive endocrinologists, geneticists, nurses, genetic counselors and donor coordinators studies the donor’s individual and family health histories. We look very closely all aspects of her own medical history: medications, surgeries, or hospitalizations, including any previous pregnancies.
We also study her detailed three-generation family medical history. All of our screening is in accordance with stringent FDA requirements.
Medical Testing and Screening
After this evaluation, our donor goes through pre-testing and review by a medical director. Here we perform infectious disease screening, along with detailed genetic carrier screening for a long list of disorders. What does this involve for the donor?
- Physical exam
- Blood test
- Urine drug screen
- AMH level (evaluates a hormone affecting egg supply)
- Cycle day 3 FSH and AFC ultrasound (evaluates hormones that stimulate egg follicles in the ovaries and their maturation and release)
- Recent pap smear report
Psychological Screening and Counseling
At this stage, we conduct a psychological exam in order to assess our prospective donor’s mental health fitness, her commitment to the program, and whether or not she’s an appropriate candidate. We care about our egg donors—they’re very special people! We counsel each applicant at length on the egg donation process and how it affects her. Our donor learns about:
- The time commitment and logistical concerns.
- Medication and how to perform injections.
- Physical symptoms and side effects.
- Medical risks involved in the procedure.
Acceptance! The Donation Process Begins
After that intense screening process, you won’t be surprised to learn that less than .5% of our applicants are accepted into the donor program. This ensures our patients receive the highest quality donor eggs from the most committed, motivated egg donors. The egg donation process happens at one of our regional clinics. Then, thanks to our efficient, centralized process, the frozen donor eggs are shipped to our headquarters in Fairfax, VA…ready to be shipped to a recipient when she selects them.
Donors can choose to donate eggs more than once after a successful cycle. We carefully evaluate our donors to make sure they’re ready to go through the process again—their well-being is a top concern.
It’s a long journey for a potential egg donor…but that journey is worth it to help those struggling to have families. Our egg donors and their donated eggs have gone through tough screening requirements to ensure our recipient’s success. Want more details about our screening process? Please read our comprehensive list of screening requirements. Or please contact us to learn more about donor screening and testing.