Egg Donation Process

Egg Donation Atlanta

Step One: Screening

Atlanta Egg Donors and Recipients are each evaluated to ensure their appropriateness for this specialized therapy.

All potential egg donors undergo a complete evaluation which includes a review of family history, genetic counseling and testing as indicated, FDA-mandated infectious disease testing, ovarian reserve testing, drug and nicotine screens, and psychological testing and counseling. If an egg donor applicant qualifies after screening is completed, she will be matched either with a current recipient based on specific preferences requested by the recipient, or her eggs may be frozen for future use by a recipient choosing to use ACRM's Frozen Egg Donor Bank.

Egg recipients are evaluated by general health status, cervical and uterine anatomy, and the sperm quality of their partner. Eligible recipients will meet with the Third Party Coordinator to review the egg recipient treatment process and consents required. They will also meet with a financial coordinator, our in-house infertility counselor, and one of our Atlanta fertility doctors. Once these consults are completed, they then enter the egg recipient program.

Step Two: Matching

Our team will make every effort to match egg donors to recipients according to the specified preferences of the recipients. This can take weeks to months, depending on the characteristics of donors available and the specific requests of the recipients.

Step Three: Synchronization

Based on the menstrual cycle characteristics of the donor and recipient, our team will devise a plan so that the donor's eggs will be ready for replacement into the recipient's uterus. Birth control pills are often used to help achieve this synchronization.

Step Four: Stimulation, Retrieval, and Transfer

The recipient will be on hormone supplements to prepare her uterus for embryos while the donor's ovaries are being stimulated. The donor will be given medications over a two-week interval to stimulate eggs to grow to maturity. These eggs will then be retrieved and donated to the recipient couple. This ends the process for the donor. Three to five days after the eggs are retrieved, a limited number of embryos will be transferred into the uterus of the recipient. If there are good quality embryos remaining following embryo transfer, these embryos may be frozen using cryopreservation techniques.

The egg donation process, from donor application to being available for recipient matching, can take two to three months to complete. We currently permit up to five egg donation cycles per donor, providing that the results of the initial attempt are reassuring. The egg donor receives a physical exam, pap smear, and free genetic testing. She is also compensated for her time and effort, up to a total of $8,000.00, distributed incrementally beginning with her very first visit to ACRM. She will also receive the satisfaction of knowing that her generous gift may have helped a couple achieve their dream of having a baby.