Egg donation starts with stimulating egg production to produce multiple eggs
When you become an egg donor at our California egg donation agency, you will begin by taking medications for stimulating egg production. The goal of egg donation is to safely produce as many eggs as possible to give hopeful parents the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy and bringing a bundle of joy into the world. Our caring and experienced staff members are here to explain what to expect from the ovarian stimulation process.
Understanding the basics of female fertility when stimulating egg production
Our California egg donation agency wants you to understand how your body works. During a normal menstrual cycle, one egg matures each month. During ovulation, your body releases that egg from an egg-containing sac on your ovary, which is called a follicle.
As the first step of the egg donation process, you will take medications for stimulating egg production, which will cause your body to produce multiple, mature eggs during one cycle.
The fertility medication that your physician prescribes for ovarian stimulation is similar to the hormones that your body naturally produces each month, so it is safe. In fact, it has been used for more than 20 years to help women who do not ovulate regularly.
Additionally, taking these medications will not affect future fertility. It does not make your body produce more eggs than it would during any natural cycle. The medication only helps more eggs reach maturity in that specific cycle.
The process of stimulating egg production
Our California egg donation agency and the physicians we work with will hold your hand through every step of your donor journey. Your fertility specialist will give you detailed instructions on how to administer the injectable medication. You will begin taking it on a specific day of your cycle and will continue to do so for approximately nine to 12 days.
During this time, you will attend four to eight monitoring appointments. They are often scheduled in the early morning and take 15-30 minutes. As a donor, your appointments are scheduled at your convenience and you will receive priority over other patients.
No two donors are the same, so monitoring appointments provide the information necessary to customize your ovarian stimulation protocol, adjust the dosage of your medication if needed and determine when the time is right for your egg retrieval. Your fertility specialist will monitor your progress in two ways.
- An ultrasound allows your physician to obtain an image of your ovaries to identify, count and measure your follicles as they develop.
- Blood work allows your physician to assess your hormone levels.
- They use all this information to determine if any adjustments need to be made in your medication dosage.
When the majority of your follicles are mature, your physician will give you a final injection to complete the maturation of your eggs. Approximately 35 hours later you will visit your physician for egg retrieval.
IMPORTANT: In addition to what is written above, our California egg donation agency and your physician may give you specific instructions about stimulating egg production. Be sure to follow them. You must take all medications at the required times and be punctual for all appointments. All appointments are mandatory and you cannot miss or reschedule them.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about becoming a donor with our California egg donation agency, or if you have questions about stimulating egg production.