Arkansas Fertility & Gynecology Solutions Egg Donor Program
What is Egg donation?
Egg donation is a process in which a healthy female agrees to donate her eggs to a woman who is unable to use her own eggs to create a pregnancy.
After a completed cycle, the donor will receive financial compensation for her participation in the donor egg program. The amount of the compensation will be discussed with the donor in advance of starting the cycle. There will be no expense to the potential donors.
Egg donor selection process
Initially, to qualify as a donor the following criteria should be met:
- The donor must be between the ages of 21 and 34
- The donor should be in good health
- The donor must have private health insurance coverage
(Medicaid is not recognized)
- Although evidence of a prior successful pregnancy in the donor is preferable, it is not essential.
After completing an egg donor screening form, one of our IVF physicians will review the donor applicant records. If our physician feels the applicant meets the criteria for our donor egg program, the screening process will continue. This includes the following:
- Proof of private health insurance
- Initial visit with the Nurse Coordinator
- Instructions for administering the fertility drugs
- Physical exam- This will include a pelvic exam, pelvic ultrasound, cervical cultures and lab work that includes screening for sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS (If the donor is sexually active, her partner will also need to be screened for hepatitis and AIDS).
- Psychological evaluation
Upon completion of this screening process, the physician will review all of the medical and psychological test results and make a final recommendation regarding the suitability of the donor applicant. You will then review and sign consent forms.
Egg Donor Cycle Process
Once all the preliminary screenings are complete, you will begin the egg donor cycle process. Fertility drugs are injected subcutaneously into the abdomen to stimulate the ovaries to develop multiple follicles. This medication is given for approximately 8-10 days. You will make frequent early morning office visits for vaginal ultrasounds and blood tests to monitor the response of your ovaries to the fertility drugs.
When the ultrasound and blood tests indicate the eggs are mature, we will preform a minor surgical procedure to retrieve the eggs. This procedure is performed under intravenous (IV) conscious sedation in our office. Hospitalization and general anesthesia are not required. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is usually done in the morning. You will be sent home 1-2 hours after the procedure.
The eggs will then be fertilized with the sperm from the husband of the recipient woman. You can expect that you will start a period approximately 2 weeks after the eggs are retrieved.