While many women may not think about donating their eggs, there are others who wish to help struggling individuals and couples who are longing to have children, but are unable to conceive. For those who do decide to proceed with the donation of their eggs, this can turn out to be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of their life.
Before becoming an egg donor, however, there are certain criteria that must be met by the donor, along with a number of steps and procedures that must be taken. In most cases, there are set requirements that one must meet in order to be considered as an egg donor. These criteria typically include:
If an individual meets all of the minimum egg donation criteria, she will then be asked to submit an application and agree to a series of medical and legal-related questions with regard to the procedures that will be undertaken for the donation.
After a woman has successfully gone through the application process and is accepted as an egg donor, she will then be matched with prospective parents. Prior to this match, she will need to go through a screening process. This may include several steps, such as:
Once the egg donor has passed all of the above screenings, she will be put on birth control pills in order to match up her menstrual cycle with that of the egg recipient. Following some additional hormonal procedures to help in growing the egg follicles, an injection of HCG is administered for the purpose of preparing the egg donor's ovaries to release the eggs.
Soon afterwards she then undergoes the egg retrieval process which is a short duration of typically less than an hour. After a one day retrieval, the egg donor can usually go back to her regular daily routine.