Elite Fertility

Egg Retrieval For Egg Donation

Answering questions about the egg retrieval process

Do you have questions about the egg retrieval process? The team at Elite Fertility Solutions has the answers. As an egg donor, you are giving hopeful parents a beautiful gift. Our experienced California egg donation agency wants you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable about every step of the process, including the procedure to retrieve your eggs.

Facts about the egg retrieval process

When you are ready, you will undergo the egg retrieval procedure at a fertility center, not our California egg donation agency. You will be under light anesthesia during the approximately 30-45 minute procedure. In addition to the anesthesia, you may receive antibiotics to eliminate the possibility of infection. Your comfort and safety are the primary concern.

During the procedure, a fertility specialist will retrieve the eggs using ultrasound. You will not have any incisions or stitches because the specialist will retrieve the eggs through your vagina, using a technique known as transvaginal aspiration.

After the procedure, you will be monitored in the recovery area, where you will stay for about an hour. Because you have received anesthesia, you will need someone you know to drive you home. For your safety, you cannot return home using a taxi, Uber or Lyft. Once you are home, you will rest for the remainder of the day.

You may experience some cramping after the procedure, but acetaminophen or Tylenol usually provides relief. Some facilities will give you pain medication that you can take as needed. You will need to restrict your activity after the procedure. As a result, we suggest you plan on taking a few days off after the procedure before returning to work. A doctor’s note can be provided upon request. Please discuss with the fertility specialist specific restrictions for you after the retrieval.

What can you expect after the retrieval?

To reward you for your time and generous gift, our California egg donation agency will have the attorney mail your check for compensation, mileage and any meal and travel reimbursements within seven to 10 days after the retrieval. We will reimburse any reasonable out of pocket expenses if you provide the original receipts.

Your fertility specialist may have you schedule a follow-up appointment one week after the procedure. You can expect your period about two weeks after the egg retrieval, and you can resume your previous method of contraception.

If you are interested in donating your eggs more than once, you should be aware that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends that a woman donate her eggs no more than six times. She must also wait a minimum of two menstrual cycles before beginning her next egg donation cycle.

Contact us to learn more about becoming an egg donor through Elite Fertility Solutions.