What next?

Your Egg Donor has a medical examination and a psychological assessment at your Fertility Clinic to make sure that your Egg Donor is (mentally and physically) ready to donate. Your Clinic will close a contract with you to protect your equal rights.

You’ll then liaise directly with your chosen Doctor and IVF co-ordinator to discuss your and the Egg Donors’ treatment plans and to co-ordinate and plan a timeline for the donation and embryo transfer. Then, once timing is agreed, your Egg Donor is started on a low dose birth control pill, so that her menstrual cycle can be synchronized with yours. This usually takes four to six weeks, marked by the first day of your next menstrual cycle.

She’ll take a two-week course of fertility medication, to stimulate her ovaries to produce eggs on time. Your Egg Donor will do regular Clinic visits, so the Doctor can keep a close eye on her progress, and set medication to optimum levels to help produce eggs.

Eggs grow at their own pace, and Clinics use slightly different methods, but the last two weeks of the Egg Donation Cycle, for your Egg Donor, typically mean a daily injection, three ultrasounds to see how the egg follicles are developing and careful checks to make sure that Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) stays away.

When all is satisfactory, at the end of this two-week Egg Donation Cycle, you’ll set a date for the actual Retrieval and your Egg Donor will take final medication, exactly thirty-six hours before the procedure. (This injection starts the last stage of maturation, to time the Egg Retrieval perfectly, and goes hand in hand with your shared commitment to the Retrieval Date.

The Retrieval happens using a suction needle, the eggs are released and collected and taken straight to the lab to be fertilised. Here, an Embryologist examines them and puts them in a special fluid that protects and prepares them for sperm, which is added after two or three hours (outside the body: in-vitro). By the next day, the eggs are fertilised and are now called embryos. After three to five days, embryos are transferred to you!

Nature will then decide if the embryo transplants successfully and you fall pregnant. You’ll have to wait for about two weeks to find out, with a blood test, if you are pregnant.

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