Navigating the Egg Donation Cycle

Embarking on the egg donation journey with Indian Egg Donors is a life-affirming experience that supports intended parents in realizing their dreams of parenthood. We understand that, especially for first-time donors or those feeling nervous, the process may seem overwhelming. Rest assured, Indian Egg Donors collaborates with leading reproductive endocrinologists to provide meticulous explanations of all medical procedures associated with egg donation. As you consider participating in Indian Egg Donors’s egg donation program, here’s an overview of what you can anticipate.

Become an Egg Donor

How To Prepare for the Egg Donation Cycle

Upcoming Doctor Appointments:
Upon choosing egg donation, you’ll engage in 4-8 appointments with your doctor, typically scheduled in the early mornings or occasionally on weekends. For your convenience, if you’re traveling or the reproductive office is a distance from your home, 2-3 appointments can be arranged at a nearby monitoring clinic. Following approval as an egg donor, your initial screening at the doctor’s office ensures your excellent health and readiness for the donation process. This appointment, often scheduled on Day 3 of the menstrual cycle, may include:

Create your Patients Medical Fullscript account with these steps:

  • A blood test to measure hormone levels
  • Tests ruling out infection, sexually transmitted diseases, and major genetic disorders
  • A PAP smear (possibly requested in advance of medical screening from your OB)
  • A urine drug screen
  • A health & wellness interview conducted by your doctor

Fertility Hormones & Medications:

The Purpose of Fertility Medications:
During an egg donation cycle, higher doses of egg-maturing hormones are administered to allow additional eggs to mature, typically 8-15 more, for the egg retrieval procedure.


The Egg Retrieval Process

When leading follicles reach 18-20 mm in size, and the estradiol hormone (E2) level increases, the eggs are ready for harvest. Mature eggs are ready after about two weeks of hormone administration.

The Egg Retrieval Procedure

Before the egg retrieval procedure, an HCG injection prepares the donor’s ovaries to release the eggs. During the procedure, which takes about 30 minutes, the donor is under light sedation, and eggs are aspirated vaginally with a long needle to prevent scarring. The eggs are then removed through a needle attached to an ultrasound probe.

Following the retrieval, donors may return home accompanied by a friend. We recommend taking the remainder of the day off, and donors may be informed about a pregnancy with the recipient’s parents and/or gestational carrier about a month after the retrieval.

What to Expect Before, During, and After Egg Retrieval

Indian Egg Donors ensures a comprehensive, supportive, and respectful journey throughout the entire egg donation process.

  • Egg retrieval is a short procedure performed under light sedation, taking about 10-30 minutes.
  • The procedure is performed under ultrasound guidance.
  • Expect slight pain and cramping for a few days post-procedure.
  • Return to your normal routine one day after retrieval, with the exception of exercise.

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