When your eggs are ready to be retrieved, your physician will provide light anesthesia as he or she retrieves your eggs, so the office based procedure is painless. Some donors may occasionally experience slight discomfort for a few days after the procedure. From initial screening to completion, the entire process takes approximately six weeks. Our frozen egg bank provides fair compensation for a donor’s commitment throughout the process.
The egg retrieval is performed under anesthesia in a procedure room, typically located onsite of the art practice. Anesthesia medication is administered under the supervision of fully trained anesthesiologists, experienced in providing these services in the office setting. The retrieval involves a procedure where under direct ultrasound guidance, a needle is passed along the side of a vaginal ultrasound probe through the top of the vagina into follicles (small fluid filled spaces that each contain an egg) within the ovaries. The follicular fluid and the egg are aspirated and collected in a test tube, which is promptly delivered to the embryologist for analysis and processing. The procedure itself is painless, however patients commonly experience some residual postoperative abdominal discomfort and/or cramping that rarely persists for more than a few hours. Postoperatively, all patients are given detailed instructions and are discharged within an hour or two with a prescription for analgesics (pain killers) and other medications as indicated.
EDCB practices according to established guidelines as set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The guidelines state that any donor may submit to a maximum of six cycles of egg donations.