Egg Donation Process | Egg Donation Atlanta
Step One: Screening
Potential Atlanta ACRM Egg Donors are each evaluated to ensure their appropriateness for this specialized therapy. The screening process begins with the completion of our Egg Donor Application and receipt of the applicant's medical records and photographs for our review. If a donor passes review of this information, she will then begin her screening appointments in our office. Compensation for a donor applicant's time begins with the very first screening appointment and increases as each step is completed.
Typically a donor's screening is broken out into three phases. At the Phase One visit, the applicant will have a full physical and pap smear with one of our nurse practitioners. She will also have a transvaginal ultrasound and AMH (antimullerian hormone) blood test drawn to assess fertility potential. FDA-mandated infectious disease testing is also drawn. Our egg donor coordinator meets with the applicant to go over our program and makes sure the potential egg donor is well-informed and comfortable with the process.
Phase Two of screening has two parts. Personal medical history and family history information is submitted to a genetics counselor who then engages in a phone consult with the egg donor. Genetic lab testing is also drawn. In our program we test for the same disease states in all donors regardless of the applicant's reported ethnic background. The panel includes: Cystic Fibrosis, SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), Fragile X, Sickle Cell screening, Alpha and Beta Thalassemia screening, and the Ashkenazi Jewish panel.
Phase Three of the screening process is a referral to one of the psychologists we work with. They administer a test called a PAI (personality assessment inventory) and engage in a consult with the potential egg donor. This is the final step in an applicant's screening process.
Step Two: Matching
If an egg donor applicant qualifies after screening is completed, she will be matched either with a current recipient in a fresh donor egg cycle or her eggs may be frozen for future use by a recipient choosing to use ACRM's Frozen Egg Donor Bank. Our team will make every effort to match egg donors to recipients according to the specified preferences of the recipients. This can take weeks to months, depending on the characteristics of donors available and the specific requests of the recipients.
Step Three: Treatment Cycle
If an egg donor is going to have her eggs frozen for the ACRM Egg Bank, she will begin birth control pills with the start of her menstrual period and will receive detailed instructions for all medications used during the stimulation phase up to retrieval of her eggs. The eggs are frozen the same day they are retrieved. If an egg donor is matched in a traditional or fresh cycle, birth control pills are again used to help achieve cycle synchronization with the egg recipient. The stimulation phase is the same for a donor in both cycle types.
Egg Donor Compensation
The egg donation process, from donor application to completion of screening and being ready for matching, can take two to three months to complete. We currently permit up to five egg donation cycles per donor, based on the results of the each donation cycle. Upon completion of a donation cycle, the egg donor will receive between $6,000 to $8,000 compensation for her time and effort. She will also receive the satisfaction of knowing that her generous gift may have helped a couple achieve their dream of having a baby.
Egg Donor Stories
We asked one of our previous egg donors to share her experience in our program:
What advice would you give a young women who is thinking about donating her eggs?
I would tell her that it is an amazing feeling to learn more about your body as a woman. You can help someone else create a life, a life that isn't possible without people like you. I felt very empowered and gained more self-confidence by truly understanding what my body is capable of. I also had a wonderful support system from my boyfriend, close friends, and family. I was careful not to discuss it with people who I feared would be judgmental or wouldn't understand. I also do not believe that the intended result of a child means that they are mine. I am not raising this child and I do not believe I have any claim to that child. I simply feel that I helped someone with similar physical traits and mental characteristics achieve a successful pregnancy. It is all about your personal beliefs and mindset. You must also have the time and energy to do this. The initial process is very long, but worth it in the end. You receive a generous compensation and a feeling that you helped someone achieve the dream of becoming a parent.
What sparked your interest in donating?
I personally know someone who was able to conceive through an egg donor. There was never a doubt in my mind that she felt like she made the right decision. It was a beautiful thing to see her so happy after years of struggling to have a baby.
What concerns did you have when you first applied?
I was worried that donation would create problems with my own reproductive health, but the opposite is true. I am now more conscious of the health of my body and understand how fertile I really am. When the time comes for me to have my own child, I know I will be just fine. I was also slightly nervous about injections, the retrieval procedure, etc. However, the staff at ACRM are willing to answer questions thoroughly and I encourage girls considering donation to do their own research and homework before signing up.
How has your experience been donating with ACRM?
I have had a great experience. The first cycle I was naturally a little nervous, but everything went smoothly. My second cycle also went smoothly and without all the nerves or anxiety of the first cycle. I always felt like I was in good care at ACRM and I wasn't afraid to speak up with questions.