Egg Donation Process
The egg donation process typically takes 4-6 months from the time you first apply to Growing Generations until you complete your first egg retrieval. Being an egg donor is a truly rewarding experience that takes time and commitment. Each stage of the egg donation process requires a different amount of your time.
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect once you apply. Keep in mind that every donation process is unique, so the actual timing will vary.
You’ll complete an online application for Growing Generations, and once your application is accepted, you’ll be contacted by a donor specialist to join our egg donor program and complete your admissions process. This includes a video consultation, paperwork, fertility and genetic testing, and profile creation. Your completed profile will be added to our database where intended parents view and select egg donors. The admissions process takes about 1-2 months to complete. The majority of that time is spent waiting for your menstrual cycle, so we can complete a fertility test and then wait for those results.
Egg Donor Selection
The most unpredictable aspect of egg donation is the time it takes to be selected by intended parents. Every intended parent is looking for a unique set of characteristics in their egg donor, and it may take time for them to find the right one. This phase could take days, weeks or even months, but your donor specialist will be with you during this time. We know your time is important to you which is why we only admit egg donors who have a strong likelihood of being selected. When you’re selected by intended parents, just know that they have spent all that time looking for the perfect donor, which happens to be you!
Screening and Legal Process
Once you are selected by intended parents, you’ll be matched with a case specialist who will guide you through the donation. The first step is to complete your screening process, which is designed to make sure that the egg donation is going to be a safe and healthy process for you. Some IVF physicians require day 3 labs, which will be dependent on the start of your next period. You will also complete a psychological and medical screening, which takes place at Growing Generations and the IVF clinic. Most of the clinics are located in Los Angeles, but we also work with IVF physicians all across the US. You will be required to travel to the clinic for your screening, but this is usually an overnight trip.
During this time, you’ll also complete a legal agreement with the intended parents to outline the terms of the donation. You’ll have an attorney assigned to you, and they’ll help walk you through the contract.
Overall, the screening and legal process takes 1-3 months to complete. After your screening, there may not be much for you to do while we wait for the results and the completed legal agreement, but your case specialist will help make sure the process is moving in a timely manner.
You’ll begin the IVF cycle for your egg retrieval once we receive your screening and legal clearances. The IVF clinic will put together a protocol for you with the dates of your appointments and list of your medications (like a calendar). This is usually dependent on your next period start, and you may begin a round of birth control pills to get started. At the beginning of the cycle, you’ll have 1-3 monitoring appointments, which will be at a local clinic near you. These appointments will confirm that your body’s ready to begin the cycle and then track your progress on the medications. Once we near the time of the retrieval, you’ll be required to attend appointments at the IVF clinic directly until your procedure takes place (this may be up to 7-10 days). From the time you start the injectable medications to the time of your egg retrieval, the IVF cycle is about 2 weeks long.
The IVF clinic and your case specialist will be there for you every step of the way. We don’t expect you to be an expert in taking injectable medications. The IVF clinic will review all of the medications and appointments with you to make sure you’re comfortable with the instructions they provide.
The egg retrieval itself takes about 15-20 minutes, and you’ll be required to stay in town for 24-48 hours after the procedure to give your body time to rest. You’ll usually have one final monitoring appointment after the retrieval to ensure your body is back to normal. This may occur at the clinic or back home at your local facility.
Once your egg retrieval is complete, your case specialist will reintroduce to you to your donor specialist to complete your case, obtain your records, and see if you’d be interested in donating again. Our goal is to make sure the donation process is safe, healthy, and enjoyable for you, and we love when egg donors return to our program.
For the intended parents, they will continue their journey and attempt a pregnancy with the embryos that were created, either through the intended mother or a gestational surrogate. The 4-6 months you’ve just spent have helped someone else continue their dream of becoming a parent, which could not be done without you.
Learn More about Egg Donation
You’ll have a dedicated team at Growing Generations to guide you every step of the way. Learn more about egg donor requirements and helping make dreams come true.