Step 6 – The egg donation process
Once the screening is complete and the contract has been signed, you will begin the donation cycle, which typically takes 3 to 6 weeks. In order for an egg retrieval process to be successful, the donor and the recipient’s fertility cycles need to be synchronized.
To begin the process, you’ll take one medication to synchronize your cycle with the recipient’s, and another to stimulate egg production. Your doctor will explain everything to you in detail, so you’ll know exactly what to expect, and will answer any questions you have
Your doctor will monitor you carefully throughout this process to make sure your body is reacting properly to the hormones, to check your progress, and to determine when your body is ready for the egg retrieval.
The egg retrieval is a simple surgical procedure that requires a mild general anesthetic and takes roughly 20-30 minutes. In the procedure, the doctor will use a small ultrasound-guided needle to extract the follicles from your ovaries.
Recovery can take anywhere between a day and a week, but in most cases, donors return to normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure.