Egg donor screening ensures you’re ready to donate
Our egg donor cryobank carefully screens egg donors to ensure they are physically and mentally ready for the egg-donation process. From blood testing to psychological and physical evaluation, our egg donor screening process complies with FDA regulations and ASRM guidelines and ensures that all donors are healthy, eligible and eager to help make another family’s dreams come true.
What’s involved in egg donor screening?
Our egg donor screening process includes key components to ensure that you, the egg donor, are well cared for and prepared for the journey ahead. We hope that you will find the entire process beneficial, particularly the medical screening. Knowing more about your health and wellness is empowering!
Here’s what you can expect.
Medical history At your initial interview, you will complete an extensive questionnaire detailing your personal and family medical history. It includes questions about:
- Sexual history
- Substance abuse
- Psychological history
- Gynecological and obstetrical history
- Genetic or other diseases in your family
Personal information You’ll also complete an anonymous questionnaire to be shared with potential recipients. This is your chance to tell them why you wish to donate, as well as a little bit about your personality, interests, education and goals.
Psychometric testing As part of your egg donor screening, you’ll be asked to meet with a mental health professional to discuss the ethical and social issues associated with egg donation. The goal is to ensure that you fully understand all the implications of donating your eggs, and that you are able to provide consent.
Physical exam A fertility specialist at one of our affiliated IVF clinics will perform a gynecological exam to check for pelvic abnormalities. Blood tests will be ordered to measure certain hormone levels, and the physician will perform a vaginal ultrasound to evaluate your ovaries and uterus.
Laboratory testing Within 30 days of donation, blood tests are ordered to check for sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis, hepatitis B and C, HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Egg donor screening for certain other diseases and illicit drug use may also be performed. These tests will also document your hormone levels, blood type, Rh status, complete blood count and rubella titer.
Genetic screening All donors are genetically tested for the cystic fibrosis mutation. Based on your ethnicity, genetic tests for other diseases – such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia or Tay Sachs disease – may also be performed.
If any part of the egg donor screening process reveals evidence or risk of a genetic or transmissible infection or disease, you will not be eligible to donate through our egg donor cryobank. This protects you, as well, as you plan for your own fertile future!
Get started today!
If you’re ready to make a difference in someone else’s life, see if you qualify to start your screening and become an egg donor.
Contact us to learn more about egg donor screening.