THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN HELPING INFERTILE WOMEN!
The donor egg program has been established to assist patients who cannot have a child. This includes women who are unable to produce good quality eggs and same-sex male couples. In order for these women to become pregnant, donated eggs are used, in an in vitro fertilization procedure, the donated eggs are fertilized with sperm from the partner of the woman who cannot produce normal eggs, and the resulting embryos are then transferred into the woman's uterus. The birth mother will be the legal mother and her partner will be the legal father.
WHO CAN BECOME AN EGG DONOR?
An egg donor should be in excellent health between 21 and 29 years of age, and be a non-smoker. The donor must complete a medical and genetic history and will undergo a full screening exam. The donor must adhere to the rigid schedule of monitoring and will be asked to abstain from sexual intercourse during the donation cycle.
WHAT DOES EGG DONATION INVOLVE?
If you apply to become an egg donor you will have an appointment before you are accepted. This visit will include a physical and gynecological exam, blood and urine tests, drug testing, and genetic testing. You will have a chance to review any questions or concerns with one of our medical providers.
Using donated eggs to establish a pregnancy involves in vitro fertilization (IVF). In a condensed outline, our donors’ responsibilities are as follows:
- The first step is by starting birth control pills.
- You will then take a series of fertility drugs, which you will inject, to stimulate your ovaries.
- Removing the eggs from your ovaries, or egg retrieval, involves a minor surgical procedure that takes place in our facility’s procedure room.
- After you recover from the egg retrieval, your part of the donation cycle is finished.
Following the egg retrieval, your eggs will either be frozen or mixed with sperm from the intended father in the Pacific Northwest Fertility Laboratory. If embryos result, they will be cultured for several days in a petri dish before being transferred into the uterus of the recipient. All of the eggs or embryos resulting in this procedure, even those that are not transferred, and are instead frozen; belong to the recipient and her partner. If she becomes pregnant and delivers the child, she will be the birth mother and legal mother of that child, even though the child will be genetically related to you.
HOW ARE DONORS SELECTED?
To be considered for the application process, you must complete a detailed medical and psychological history about yourself and your close blood relatives. You will also complete a criminal background check. Your application is reviewed, and if accepted, you will be invited to complete the rest of the screening process.
Infectious Disease Screening: When blood or tissue is transferred from one person to another, it can carry viruses or bacteria.
Genetic and Medical History & Screening: You will be required to provide your complete medical history and family medical history. We want to learn all we can about your genetic make-up, in order to minimize the chance that a baby will have a birth defect or serious inherited disease. You will be asked medical questions about your biological parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, brothers, and sisters. We will collect a saliva sample from you for a genetic test called GenePeeks. For more information regarding genetic screening and testing, please visit: www.recombine.com and www.genepeeks.com
Psychological Screening Session: Donating eggs requires you to confront complex ethical, emotional and social issues. The psychological screening session with a counselor will help you evaluate your desire for donating your eggs and the implications surrounding your donation. Aspects of your personal life, your support system, and your feelings about the donation will be discussed. A Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) will also be completed during this session.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggests that a woman should not donate eggs if she:
- Has a serious psychological disorder
- Abuses drugs or alcohol or has several relatives who do
- Currently uses psychoactive medications
- Has significant stress in her life
- Is in an unstable marriage or relationship
- Has been physically or sexually abused and not received professional treatment
- Is not mentally capable of understanding or participating in the process
WILL DONATING EGGS AFFECT MY EVERYDAY LIFE?
Egg donation is time consuming. During the donation cycle, you will be injecting medications daily for approximately two weeks. You will have 2 visits to the office before you start your stimulation medications, and then will have approximately 5 short visits to the clinic for blood tests and ultrasounds, every other morning, while you are on your donation medications. You will be responsible for arranging your work or school schedule to fit the demands of egg donation.
You will be required to refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and using illegal drugs. Please check with the Donor Team prior to using any prescription or non-prescription medications. If you are in a sexual relationship, you must abstain from intercourse during the treatment cycle.
HOW MUCH WILL I BE COMPENSATED?
On the day of you egg retrieval, your time invested in the egg donor program will be compensated by receiving a check for $7,000. You will receive the full, agreed upon amount no matter the number or quality of the eggs donated. If your cycle must be canceled before eggs are retrieved because of poor response, you will be reimbursed $200 for your time. If a cycle is not completed because of non-compliance to requirements, you will receive no reimbursement for the time you spent in the program. You will be provided with a 1099 Form.
If you refer a friend to a Women Helping Women information event, you will receive a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. If your friend is matched as an egg donor, you will receive a referral bonus of $ 500.00. This is another way to help infertile women!
CAN I DONATE MORE THAN ONCE?
There are no laws about how many times a woman can donate her eggs. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends that a woman donate no more than six times. We would discuss your interest on a case by case basis. It is important to know how the medications affect you, how difficult the procedure and recovery are for you.
HOW DO I COMPLETE AN APPLICATION?
To complete an application, visit out website: www.pnwfertility.com/eggdonor or text us your name and email address and we will send you a link to the application.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
- Text: (206) 877-3534
- Telephone: (206) 515-0094
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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