Donor Egg Process: Steps
Step 1: Consultation
You will meet with one of our infertility specialists who will review your medical history and determine if you are a good candidate for the donor egg program. You will also meet with a member of the billing department to discuss financial options. RCC offers several ways to help patients afford treatment, including a 100% Money Back IVF Guarantee.
Step 2: Screening
Several medical tests will be completed prior to beginning the cycle. Women over 45 years of age undergo more extensive testing. The patient (both partners) will meet with a licensed psychologist. This is an opportunity to explore feelings about using an egg donor and to discuss the issue of disclosure.
Step 3: Selecting a Donor
Selecting a donor is the most important and exciting step. Egg donors provide medical and genetic history, personal information and photos (childhood and adult) enabling the patient to select a donor that meets their preferences.
Step 4: Cycle Coordination
After donor selection and payment of the matching fee, coordination of the donor’s and recipient’s cycles begins. The menstrual cycles are synchronized using oral contraceptives and Lupron injections. The donor receives FSH injections to stimulate egg production, while the recipient takes estrogen to prepare the lining of the uterus to accept an embryo. On the day of egg retrieval, the eggs are fertilized using the partner’s (or donor’s) sperm (IVF).
Step 5: Embryo Transfer
Three to five days later the embryos are transferred to the recipient's uterus. A pregnancy test is done two weeks later.