From the moment that you have chosen your Egg Donor, our experienced Program Coordinator will assist you, as well as your Donor, diligently to ensure all parties have a full understanding of the process, step-by step.
Reserving your Egg Donor. Congratulations! Once you have decided on the perfect Donor for you, please share her ID with us. Upon receiving confirmation of her availability, the Egg Donor acceptance agreement will be sent and required to be returned within five business days, along with the agency fee ($6,000). Please note that many Egg Donors are chosen very quickly and if the acceptance agreement and retainer is not received within five business days, the Egg Donor will be presented as “available” for other interested Recipients.
Establish Escrow Account. We will refer you to an outside escrow management company. You will be required to open the account with an initial $500 should your Egg Donor be local. If your Donor lives out of state and requires air transportation/hotel, the escrow account will be initially funded with $1500. Upon Egg Donor medical clearance, the Donors’ total compensation and additional travel costs will be due within five business days.
Psychological and Medical Screening. Your Egg Donor will be scheduled with your fertility center to complete the initial medial screening. Depending on your fertility center, we will receive the status of medical clearance typically within two – three weeks.
Legal Phase Begins. Upon medical clearance, our Donor Coordinator will instruct all parties, including Egg Donor, Recipient, Donor Attorney and Recipient Attorney to begin the drafting of the Direct Agreement; this is required to be completed prior to your Donor beginning injectable medications.
Ovarian Stimulation. To prepare the Donor for the Advanced Reproductive Technologies, various hormonal medications are used alone or in combination, to stimulate the development of ovarian follicles. Hormonal medications are administered for nine to twelve days; doses may be adjusted during the cycle depending upon follicle growth. The Donor will be carefully monitored to check the estrogen levels, as well as an ultrasound.
Egg Retrieval. When the follicular development has reached the stage where an optimum number of eggs will be produced without untoward effects, hCG will be administered to trigger ovulation and the egg retrieval will be scheduled within 34 to 36 hours after hCG administration. On the day Donors’ eggs are retrieved, a sperm specimen will be required to fertilize the eggs; a frozen specimen is used quite often. Depending on the cycle if it will be a fresh or frozen embryo transfer, if fresh, approximately five days after egg retrieval, the embryos are transferred into the Recipient or Gestational Carriers uterus.
And New Life Begins
The Recipient Mother (or Gestational Surrogate) will take a pregnancy test approximately 8-14 days after the embryo transfer. Although your Egg Donor is officially done with her egg donation role, this is the beginning of a much desired dream for you as the Intended Parent/s—and the beginning of a miracle that has been created thanks to the gift of an incredibly giving woman.