The ideal egg donor is a young woman who decides to donate her eggs of her own free will and who exhibits the emotional stability necessary to complete the procedure. A donor should be a healthy U.S. citizen between the ages of 21 and 31, must have a valid social security number and must have reliable transportation. Please fill out our egg donor application if you meet these criteria and would like to proceed. Once your application has been completed and reviewed by our Donor Egg Team, you may be asked to participate in our screening process.
To be accepted as an egg donor, an applicant must successfully complete a psychological screening which may involve several visits with our social worker. An in-depth test is administered to evaluate the donor's propensity for psychiatric or personality disorders which may interfere with the donation process. During this screening, the donor's motivations for donating are also explored. Good follow through is essential to becoming an egg donor.
A background check will also be conducted, which may include:
- Arrest history
- Motor vehicle search for alcohol-related offenses
- Civil financial check
- In the event that a questionable incident does arise in our investigator's research, additional interviewing is conducted to confirm that the donor is of good character
The medical exam and evaluation will include:
- Assessment of ovaries on day 2 or 3 of period
- Blood tests to determine general health and confirm the absence of certain communicable diseases
- Gynecological exam including cultures for communicable diseases
- Genetic screening
- Drug screening by hair sampling
If all the screening test results are satisfactory, your anonymous information will be made available to those who need donated eggs. If you are selected as a donor, you will move onto the next step in the process.
If you have any questions about the application process, please call 631-768-8799.
Process and Procedure
If you have been selected by a recipient, you will be notified by one of our coordinators. You will then meet with one of our nurses who will explain the procedures involved. You will also receive a calendar listing the specific dates and appointments for which you must be available as well as proper instructions for daily medications. You may be required to start a birth control pill one month prior to the stimulation phase.
The entire stimulation phase of the donation process takes about two weeks. Once selected by an intended parent, planning your cycle begins. The stimulation phase includes injectable medication (gonadotropins), which stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs. During this time, you will begin daily office visits that will consist of blood work and vaginal ultrasounds to monitor the developing eggs. The blood tests and ultrasounds are used to determine when the eggs are thought to be mature and ready for retrieval. You will be required to take HCG and /or a Lupron Trigger to do the final maturation of your eggs. These hormones help with the final follicular maturation. The timing of the HCG injection is approximately 36 hours before the egg retrieval time.
Egg retrieval is performed at our Melville office. Though the procedure takes no more than one hour, you will be in our ambulatory surgery area for 3 to 4 hours and will need a responsible driver to stay during your procedure and drive you home.
Using an ultrasound guide (while you are sedated), a needle is passed through the vaginal wall and enters the fluid-filled sacs in the ovaries. Once the eggs are retrieved, you are transferred to the recovery room where you will be monitored to assure your stability. Once you are in a stable condition, you will be discharged. Normal activities can usually be resumed the following day. (Pain is managed with extra strength Tylenol.) After you have been discharged, the donated eggs will be fertilized in our embryology lab, completing the process. About 2 weeks from your retrieval day, you should have a post-retrieval period. Once this happens, you can call our office to schedule a post-retrieval sonogram to confirm that your ovaries and uterus have returned to normal.