All EDCB donors undergo extensive egg donor medical screening
At Egg Donor Cryobank Network (EDCB), our team is committed to the health and safety of our hopeful parents and egg donors. As part of this commitment, our frozen egg bank network requires that all donors undergo egg donor medical screening to ensure that they are healthy.
The first step in the egg donor medical screening process is assessing a donor’s fertility
Our frozen egg bank network sends each eligible egg donor to a board certified reproductive endocrinologist for fertility testing. The goal of egg donation is to obtain as many healthy eggs as possible, so this stage of egg donor medical screening is very important.
The fertility specialist will assess each donor’s ovarian reserve using a number of methods.
- Blood tests to measure follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol (E2) and anti-mullerian hormone (AMH)
- A gynecological exam to check for any physical problems
- A vaginal ultrasound to count preantral and antral ovarian follicles
The next steps in the medical screening process involve additional blood tests
Our frozen egg bank network ensures that all egg donors have additional tests to check other measures of overall health.
- All of our egg donors must be drug-free. We require candidates to have blood and urine tests to check for the presence of illicit drugs.
- Our egg donors must be healthy. We require that our donors undergo blood tests for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), prolactin, blood count, blood type and Rh factor. We also follow the requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and require testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
- We want you to have a healthy baby. All of our egg donors undergo genetic testing to determine if they carry the gene for conditions like cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, Tay-Sachs disease or thalassemia.
To ensure that you receive eggs from only healthy donors, women with certain conditions are not eligible to be egg donors with EDCB. These conditions include: albinism, cleft palate, congenital heart malformation, hemoglobin disorder, hemophilia, hereditary cancers, hereditary hypercholesterolemia, hip dislocation, neurofibromatosis, spina bifida and tuberous sclerosis.
Egg donor medical screening at EDCB is extensive for a good reason. Our team wants to ensure that all hopeful parents are able to access the best and most qualified egg donors available. We realize that you’ve likely faced a long journey before turning to egg donation. Our goal is to make your path to parenthood a little easier.
If you would like to learn more about building a family through egg donation at EDCB, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.