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The 4 Steps in Becoming an Egg Donor

Posted Monday, January 16, 2012 2:13 PM

4 Steps To Becoming An Egg DonorBecoming an egg donor is a safe process that can be rewarding both financially and emotionally. Egg donors are typically compensated for their time and service but they also get the reward of knowing that they have helped a family who could not otherwise conceive. The process itself is very complicated and requires a serious commitment from the donor. There are often many evaluations and if they pass they still have to sign many legal agreements before the donation process begins. Once everything is in place the actual process of donating the egg can begin.

Step One

The first step in becoming an egg donor is quite simple. An oral contraceptive is administered to the donor. This helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and other processes in the body associates with pregnancy and the reproductive organs. It is important to have a stable menstrual cycle before the next step because the medications involved have to be given at the right time. If they are not, then the procedure may not occur as planned and become more costly for the couple seeking the donated egg.

Step Two

The next step is to put the ovaries in a temporary state that inhibits their function. The medications ar administered for up to seven weeks before the next step. The medications usually used are gonadatropin releasing hormone antagonists or Lupron and they are given to the egg donor on a daily basis. These medications work to keep ovulation from occurring, thus increasing the effectiveness of fertility drugs that are given to the donor. The donor must undergo regular blood testing and ultrasounds to ensure that the process is going as it should. Once everything is ready the next step will take place.

Step Three

The third step involves egg production. Normally, when ovulation occurs, only one egg is produced, however for the purpose of egg donation, there needs to be more than one egg. Having more eggs increases the chance of having an egg that will be viable. The extra eggs can also be frozen and stored in the case that the implantation procedure dies not work properly the first time. The medications used to stimulate the production of eggs in the ovaries are recombinant follicle stimulating hormones or human menopausal gonadatrophin. The egg donor will administer these to herself every day for a period decided by the doctor.

Step Four

The fourth and final step in the process is harvesting the eggs. Once the doctor sees that there are enough mature eggs for the process to take place, the donor will be given an injection of human chorionic gonadatrophin hormone. After about 34 hours the harvesting process will commence. In order to help with the procedure, painkillers and anesthesia are administered to the donor. The eggs are then removed through a vacuum process where a needle is inserted through the cervix and into the ovaries. Despite how it sounds, the process only takes about 30 minutes and the egg donor is then able to return home.

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