Unsure about how the process works when working with a donor egg bank? You’ve come to the right place to find the answer. Below, we summarize the steps in a donor banking cycle.
Every donor must be screened through our thorough application process. Explore our website to learn about Fairfax EggBank’s egg donation program, FAQs, and eligibility requirements. We ask donors to commit to a minimum of 5 months to the program to allow us to schedule the first and second cycles. Once you feel confident you’re ready to become an egg donor, fill out our online application. In this application, you’ll answer questions about your health and background, family medical history, and personal interests/achievements. Our head geneticist and donor egg team will carefully review your application and determine if you meet our preliminary requirements.
Once you pass the first application stages, we’ll invite you to participate in our online information session. The purpose of the session is to give you a deeper dive into how egg donation works, what the risks and benefits are, and how the reimbursement process works. In addition, we’ll invite you to an interview with your Fairfax EggBank donor egg coordinator. In this interview, your donor egg coordinator will answer any questions you have about our program and ask you a series of questions to better understand your readiness to become a donor.
Next comes the medical testing. This testing includes:
Just by completing all the testing requirements, you’ll receive a $150 bonus. If all the testing shows you’re healthy and ready, we’ll accept you into our egg donation program. When you join our program, we’ll reward you another $300 prior to even starting an egg donation cycle.
Your donor profile will include select childhood photos you submit. We’ll also schedule a photo shoot with a professional photographer so that we can include recent photos that highlight your best and natural features.
As an FYI, your donor profile will include the following information:
What’s so amazing about donating at a donor egg bank is that you don’t need to wait until a recipient selects you in order to begin an egg donation cycle. You can start your cycle immediately after you pass our testing requirements.
On day 3 of your cycle, you’ll take birth control pills. The pills will regulate your menstrual cycle and also may help your ovaries respond better to the stimulation medication.
At this appointment, you’ll get an ultrasound so we can check your ovaries. In addition, you’ll get a blood test measuring your estradiol levels.
If we see you’re good to go at the baseline appointment, you’ll start the injections to begin stimulation. You’ll administer medication injections to stimulate multiple eggs to grow and mature. You’ll also take an antagonist injection, which will prevent ovulation from occurring prematurely. We’ll monitor you closely during this period to make sure everything is going smoothly and the stimulation is going well.
You’ll get a human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) or a Lupron shot to stimulate ovulation. It’ll be critical for you to take this shot at the precise time we advise. If you take it too early, you run the risk of few to no eggs maturing. If you take it too late, the eggs might become too mature and become inviable for fertilization.
You’ve worked hard to get to this point. You’re finally ready for your egg retrieval procedure. A reproductive endocrinologist will retrieve your eggs through an outpatient procedure that takes place with the use of anesthesia (as in, you won’t feel or see a thing since you’ll be under twilight sedation). He/she will extract eggs from your follicles via vaginal needle aspiration.
This is the only day where you’ll have to take the full day off; though the outpatient procedure itself is short (about 20 minutes). After the procedure, you might feel some cramping, spotting, and bloating. If you’re like most donors, you’ll recover quickly and return to your normal schedule the very next day.
Immediately after you complete a cycle, we’ll send you a check for the donor reimbursement.
Most of our donors return for several cycles if deemed eligible. As a returning donor, you wouldn’t need to repeat the testing – you can immediately start another egg donation cycle. Subsequent cycles, therefore, require less hassle, are easier to complete, and comes with it the extra reward of financial reimbursement.
We hope we were able to outline the donor banking cycle step-by-step. We encourage you to read our FAQ page for additional information regarding our process. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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Register to gain full access into our comprehensive donor profiles, including adulthood photos (upon submitting a photo consent form), family medical history, and personal essays. You‘ll also be able to “favorite” donors you like, print donor profiles, and more!
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