Intended Parent Process

Egg donation is now an option for women suffering from premature menopause, poor egg quality, diminished ovarian reserve, previous failed IVF cycles, or other fertility issues.

Couples coming to Giving Hope Egg Donation need the help of a third party to help them fulfill their dreams of becoming parents. By utilizing an egg donor the intended couple can have a child biologically linked to the father and carried by the mother. Egg donation can also be combined with sperm donation and still allow the mother to experience the joy of pregnancy.

Steps to Working with Giving Hope Egg Donation

  • The first step for you, the Intended Parent, is to contact our egg donation agency for more information regarding the egg donation process. We will ask for information about you and your special requirements in selecting a donor.
  • After we have discussed your special search criteria, we will give you our donor access code so that you can view our ovum donors online. You will be able to view their donor photo(s) and their matching profiles. We will continue to provide new possible donors until you have selected the right choice. Our donor egg program is anonymous, meaning couples are matched with a donor by the donor egg coordinator and fertility clinic physician, according to the couple’s criteria and preferences.
  • Once you have chosen a donor, Giving Hope Egg Donation will ensure the time frame works for the donor and for you. Then we will send the appropriate contracts and forms.
  • Return your contract to us with the proper funds due. The selected donor will have her contract viewed by an attorney to explain the process to her. Intended Parents are financially responsible for this consultation, which is included in the administrative fee.
  • The donor will undergo psychological screening prior to the medical screening. She will also complete the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory), the most widely used, objective, in-depth, and revealing measure of personality. Psychological screening will check for outside stressors and potential scheduling conflicts, history of substance abuse, emotional resolution regarding egg donation, personal motivation for donation, and the donor’s commitment to completing the program. Once the donor has passed her psychological testing, Giving Hope Egg Donation will contact the fertility clinic and set up an appointment for the selected donor to start initial medical screening. The donor will undergo a complete physical exam, ultrasound, blood screening, and drug screening. If a donor does not pass any of these tests, the couple has six months to find another donor. The donor may be required by the fertility clinic physician to have genetic screening, when indicated, to screen for genetically transmitted diseases such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and Tay Sachs disease. Intended parents are responsible for all of the donor’s medical bills and medication pertaining to the ovum donor process.
  • Once the donor begins her menstrual cycle, she will be ready for the remainder of the process. The donor will be given ovarian stimulation drugs. The donor will be monitored by the fertility clinic in which she will continue to have her blood drawn and ultrasounds completed. We will continue to keep you updated on the donor’s progress through this process. When the time is ready, she will undergo egg retrieval. The resulting egg(s) will be combined with sperm from either the intended father or a sperm donor. If fertilization occurs, one or more of the resulting embryos may be transferred to the intended mother’s uterus approximately three to five days after egg retrieval.

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