IVF with an Egg Donor and Surrogate

If you are using a surrogate and an egg donor, you may be interested in learning more about the medical process.

After being selected by intended parents, each of our egg donors has an initial consultation with an independent geneticist who will generate a report based on the donor’s ethnicity and medical history. This report helps to eliminate many of the genetic abnormalities that can affect your child. Donors also undergo a psychological screening in order to make sure she understands the donation process and the commitment. Moving forward, each donor has a physical examination to rule out infectious diseases and drug use and an ultrasound to examine the health of the ovaries. Once the results are returned, the physician will give clearance to the team at Growing Generations and the legal team drafts contracts, which help to protect the rights of all parties.

Once treatment can begin, the donor and the surrogate will begin taking birth control pills. This allows the doctor to sync up their menstrual cycles. Coming off the birth control pills, the doctor will see the donor for an evaluation. If everything looks good on the ultrasound, the doctor will start the medication to stimulate her eggs to grow. At this point the doctor will perform several more ultrasound examinations to determine the precise moment to retrieve the eggs.

The egg retrieval is a safe and relatively simple procedure, which takes about 15 minutes and is performed under anesthetic. The donor will remain at the clinic for a couple of hours after the retrieval to make sure she’s comfortable and safe before returning home.

Once the eggs are retrieved, the doctor’s team fertilizes them with your sperm, hopefully creating enough embryos for several attempts at conception, if that is needed. Following the fertilization of the donor’s eggs, the doctor’s office will contact you within 24 hours to let you know how many embryos were created. The next step is the embryo transfer.