It’s Getting Real: Kate Applies and gets Accepted to be an Egg Donor
In this post we’ll hear in-depth from our donor, Kate, about applying to an Egg Donation agency, she talks about:
- The Application Process
- The Informational Conference Call
- Preliminary Medical and Psychological Evaluations
- The Legal Stuff
The first step in egg donation for me, was choosing an agency I wanted to work with and filling out the initial application on their website. This application asks basic questions like your height, weight, ethnicity, eye and hair color, etc. It also asks for personal and family medical history, such as any history of certain cancers or birth defects. This initial application screens potential donors and lets them know right off the bat if they can be an egg donor or not.
The next step once I was cleared, was to fill out a pretty lengthy application. This application asked more detailed questions about medical and family history. It also asked about education, personality traits, any talents or interests I have. It also had me respond to a few short answer questions on why I wanted to be an egg donor and what I would want the child that came from the donation to know about me. I also had to send in pictures of myself; my agency asked for half baby pictures and half more recent ones. Once I submitted that application, it took a few weeks for the agency to look over it and get back to me.
Then they emailed me to let me know that I had been officially accepted. The agency I worked with then set up a conference call with about 6 other girls that had also been accepted. The conference call was about 30-45 mins., they went over everything that you will go through as an egg donor, and what to expect before, during, and after the donation. This call was very helpful because we could all ask questions or voice any concerns and the lady conducting it was very helpful.
After the conference I emailed the agency back and let them know that I wanted to go forward with the process. The first thing they had me do was to get blood drawn at a local lab to see if I was fertile enough to be an egg donor. This took only about ten minutes and I went during my lunch break at work. After everything checked out, they then made my profile public to be viewed by intended parents. It can take days, weeks or months for them to match you. You can tell the agency if you want your profile to say if you are willing or unwilling to travel/stay local. When I was busy with work during my fourth donation, I asked my profile to say that I wanted to stay local. I was able to have my monitoring done just 20 minutes away from me, in the morning before I went into work for the day.
The Nitty Gritty
Once I was matched, I had an appointment scheduled to have my medical screening done. This usually takes place at the clinic that you will have your retrieval done at, so you might have to travel for it. This appointment usually involves a physical exam, genetic testing, STD, drug, and other blood tests, a psychological exam, and you will meet with a social worker. The psychological test I took was done on a computer and asked random yes or no questions about your interests and thoughts on different subjects. The social worker will talk to you to make sure you are donating for the right reasons, and make sure you know what the process entails. It might seem like a lot, but it went by very fast, and everyone is extremely friendly and helpful.
It took about a month for the clinic to give me the okay to move forward. The last part of the process before I started taking the medications was the legal part. My case manager assigned me an attorney to review and finalize the legal contract between the intended parents and me. This was done over the phone, (although she said that If I felt more comfortable meeting in person I could) and took about an hour, making sure I knew what my rights were as an egg donor. After we both signed the contract, I then started my medications and monitoring.
In the next few posts we’ll bring in the in the Third Party Reproduction Pro’s, come back to hear from a 25-year reproductive medicine and IVF nurse, a tenured Fertility Social Worker and lawyer specializing in Assisted Reproduction Technologies.