Become a Donor
Become an Egg Donor at the Center for Reproductive Medicine
Women with low ovarian reserve or eggs that do not develop properly can still become pregnant with the help of in vitro fertilization with an egg donor. Generous young women who are willing and able to participate in this process bring new hope to couples who have struggled to conceive. Although compensation for time and inconvenience is provided for egg donation at our Orlando, Florida practice, the majority of women who become egg donors find the rewards of helping another woman have a child are much greater than the monetary benefit.
Who Can Donate Eggs?
In order to apply for our egg donation program as a donor, a woman must be between 21 and 28 years old, in good overall health, and aware of her family medical history. She must also be a non-smoker and live in the Central Florida area.
The Egg Donation Process
The first step to becoming an egg donor is to fill out and submit our initial application form. Qualified applicants will be contacted by one of our nurses to discuss the egg donation process and schedule a physical examination. The exam takes about two hours and will include an ultrasound, blood and urine tests, and an assessment of the donor's medical history. The donor and her spouse, if applicable, will then be required to undergo a psychological screening process before being matched with a recipient couple.
Once matching has been completed, the actual egg donation procedures can begin. The donor may be given oral contraceptives (birth control pills) for one to two months while her cycle is synchronized with that of the recipient. She will then be given ovulation induction medications and taught how to inject them properly. The medications are taken for a period of 10 to 14 days, during which time we will conduct frequent ultrasound examinations to monitor the progress of the ovarian follicles. The egg retrieval procedure will be scheduled as soon as the eggs are ready.
To collect the mature eggs, we will perform an ultrasound-guided transvaginal aspiration. Intravenous sedation is used to help the patient relax and alleviate any discomfort. The final step in the egg donation process is a follow-up ultrasound two weeks after the retrieval process to ensure that everything has returned to normal.
Egg donors are compensated for their time and participation with a $4,500 payment at the end of each egg donation cycle.
Overall, the egg donation process is safe and the majority of women who donate eggs experience no complications. However, egg retrieval is a technically a surgical procedure and all surgery carries a small amount of inherent risk. Additionally, the ovulation induction medications that are administered can potentially overstimulate the ovaries, leading to a condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Should this complication occur, it will be quickly recognized through ultrasound monitoring. Treatment involves cessation of the medications, bed rest, and increased intake of fluids while ovarian function returns to normal.
Apply to be an Egg Donor
Contact Our Egg Donation Coordinators in Orlando, Florida
To learn more about egg donation, contact our Orlando, Florida practice.
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