Getting Started with Donor Egg IVF
Here at the Genetics & IVF Institute, we understand that most donor egg recipients are eager to start treatment as quickly as possible. Whether you choose an individual or a shared cycle or frozen donor eggs, we eliminate delays and administrative barriers so you can proceed with treatment when it is convenient for you.
The time frame may vary based on pre-cycle testing, compatibility with the donor’s schedule, and other factors, but the time between choosing an egg donor and embryo transfer is short for most patients. Patients who have undergone traditional IVF typically find that Donor Egg IVF is a far easier treatment.
Below is the most common process for Donor Egg IVF patients:
1. Schedule an initial consultation with one of our board certified reproductive endocrinologists (infertility specialists). Depending on your preference, this can be conducted in-person or by phone. Your physician will review your medical history and order appropriate “pre-cycle” testing at that time.
2. Following your consultation, you will meet your donor egg coordinator. Working in conjunction with your physician, your donor egg coordinator will assist you with the donor selection process, but the choice of an egg donor is always up to you. Your coordinator will also work with you throughout the entire Donor Egg IVF treatment process, including egg donor selection, cycle coordination, egg retrieval, and transfer of embryos.
3. Next, you will begin your pre-cycle testing. These tests often include a uterine evaluation, hormone testing, infectious disease testing, and semen analysis. Additional tests may be required depending on your specific circumstances.
4. Select one or more possible egg donors. Donor Egg IVF cycles can match one egg donor to one recipient (sole match) or one egg donor to two recipients (shared match). Regardless of whether a patient chooses a sole or shared match, treatment can begin as soon as possible.
5. Schedule a follow-up consultation with your physician to review your pre-cycle test results. Your physician will recommend a treatment plan at this time.
6. The donor match is finalized when the pre-cycle testing and physician follow-up are completed, your selected egg donor is available, and you decide you are ready to start a Donor Egg IVF cycle.
7. Based on your menstrual cycles, your egg donor’s menstrual cycles, and any schedule conflicts, your coordinator will provide you with your “calendar.” The calendar is a list of dates and instructions for medications, as well as a schedule for blood work and sonogram testing to monitor your response to the medications. If you choose to use frozen donor eggs, your coordinator will provide you with a detailed schedule for treatment.
8. The cycle is initiated after you and your donor’s “baseline” blood work and sonogram show that physiological parameters are ready to begin medication. Egg retrieval takes place approximately 10-14 days after cycle initiation. Embryo transfer will happen 3-5 days later, and a pregnancy test will be done 9-11 days after embryo transfer.
Realizing Your Dream
Once your pregnancy is established, there is nothing that distinguishes a Donor Egg IVF pregnancy from any other. Your body simply takes over and pregnancy, delivery, and lactation all happen naturally. Your child is yours before the very first heartbeat.
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