How Does Egg Donation Work?

Fertility Link Process

We believe transparency, education and communication is the foundation of our service, so we will work with you throughout matching and egg donation to remove any concerns or questions you have throughout and well after the process.

To become an egg donor, first you’ll have to meet certain basic criteria to donate, like being between age 22 and 29, and having a healthy lifestyle and BMI. From there we will have you complete a few more forms to further qualify you for the program and meet with us either in-person or via phone or Skype. At this point we encourage you to ask as many questions and voice any concerns you may have about egg donation. From there, you are asked to sign our donor agreement, and provide government issued ID and education verification. Once that is complete and you have been qualified for the program, we will post your anonymous profile in our password protected, secured database for Intended Parents to view. It is advised that you answer the questions on our forms as honestly, thoroughly and thoughtfully as possible, putting your best foot forward as Intended Parents will be using great discretion in choosing their donor.

Once Matched

Once matched Fertility Link will contact you to explain the upcoming schedule and to learn if you have any blocked dates in the foreseeable future to schedule around. It’s typically a 3 month duration at this point including 8-10 clinic visits which include genetic and psychological screening, a medical screening performed by the physician at the Intended Parents’ IVF clinic, legal contracting and then the 8-12 days of stimulation meds (self administered subcutaneous injections) with monitoring. And finally the retrieval, which includes a visit to the clinics surgical center, you will be given anesthesia. Once asleep, the eggs will be retrieved and you’ll wake in 30-45 minutes, you’ll be asked to eat and drink a little and then you are released, along with a companion, to go home. It is recommended that you relax for the rest of the day of retrieval and avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. You will be given full discharge instructions from the fertility clinic, we will work with you to be sure that you can comply with those discharge instructions.

Worried About the Unknowns?

Follow the journey of a four-time egg donor in our blog series “The Egg Donor Experience. Kate walks you through her thought process and tells it like it is. Check it out >

This experience is hard but so worthwhile. I know the family I helped to create is beyond grateful! Fertility Link was with me through every step of the process.


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