Can Anyone Donate?
Typically, egg donors are between the ages of 21 and 30 and should be healthy physically, mentally and socially. If a woman chooses to donate her eggs, she must pass an in-depth health assessment to ensure that both she and her eggs are as healthy as possible.
What is Involved in the Health Assessment
The assessment will include an extensive review of her medical history. Family health problems will be noted, even more so if they are genetic and a possibility exists of their being passed down from generation to generation. A panel of infectious diseases testing is done which includes screening for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis as well as a urine drug screen. Genetic testing can be performed on the egg donor based on her ethnicity and family history. We also require psychological evaluation as part of the screening to ensure that the egg donor is in sound and stable mental state.
What Is Involved in the Egg Donation Process?
Along with passing all the physical, psychological, infectious diseases, genetic and drug testing as described above, a prospective egg donor must be able to give themselves injections daily injections for approximately two weeks. The donor must also be able to follow through with several scheduled appointments as the doctor evaluates the egg stimulation process. When the time is right, the donor must be able to go through the egg retrieval process so the eggs can be removed.
What is the Egg Removal Process Like?
Once the eggs have matured, a needle is guided into the ovaries, and the eggs are gently removed. The procedure to remove the eggs is done in an outpatient setting under monitored anesthesia care for maximal patient comfort and safety. Egg retrievals often take approximately 20 minutes and the patient will be sedated throughout. After a short recovery and once deemed fully awake and stable, she will be able to go home and rest and will be able to resume normal daily activities in the following few days.
Egg Donation is an incredible gift. If you're interested in helping couples achieve their dreams of building a family, please contact our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Sepilian.