Egg donation is the process of donating one’s eggs during a cycle to a woman who is unable to conceive naturally. Deciding to become an egg donor is a very serious decision. Donors are heavily screened to ensure they are physically and mentally healthy enough to go through the process. Donors are compensated for the donation of their eggs due to the time and physical and emotional toll of an egg donation. Reproductive Specialists of New York works with many donor agencies throughout the state of New York, allowing our patients a wide range of donors to choose from.
Steps to Become an Egg Donor in New York
When deciding if you want to be an egg donor in New York, you will first go through a screening process which will involve a psychiatric exam, physical exam, blood tests, urine test, pap test, and transvaginal ultrasound. All of these tests are performed to determine if the donor is physically and mentally healthy. Even if you are healthy, any family history of cancer or mental illness will immediately rule you out as a donor.
In addition to these tests, the donor agency may also test for genetic mutations and the presence of drugs or alcohol in your system. Anything found will also rule you out as a donor.
If you are selected to move through the screening process, potential recipients of your egg will have access to a profile with your background and possibly pictures of you. Names and identifying information will always be kept anonymous, however, to protect your identity. If they choose you as a donor, you will work with RSofNY to complete the retrieval process.
The donor cycle starts by “syncing” you with the recipient through the use of hormonal birth control pills. Then, you will self-administer hormonal drugs to stimulate the ovaries. This will allow multiple mature eggs to grow during one menstrual cycle. Once eggs have matured, ovulation is triggered through a single injection of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin or LH medication. The eggs will then be retrieved from the donor for fertilization often with the recipient’s male partner or donor sperm. The fertilized eggs are grown in our laboratory so that a Day 5 embryo transfer can occur in which the blastocyst embryos will be placed into the recipient.
After retrieval of the eggs, the eggs will legally no longer belong to the donor. It is important for donors to understand they will have no contact with the children that result from her eggs, and no legal responsibility or rights to the eggs.
For more information on becoming an egg donor in New York, contact our egg donation team at Reproductive Specialists of New York. Thank you for considering donating your eggs to those who wish to build a family. Contact any of our offices in New York, located in Mineola, Stony Brook, West Islip, and Brooklyn.