Process: Donation & Surrogacy
Egg Donation Process
Once the treatment dates are confirmed by both the donor and recipient, the donor treatment begins and is a controlled (physician-directed) stimulation of her ovaries, through the administration of hormones for a period of 10 days. During the entire phase, the donor is monitored through ultrasound and blood work to determine when her follicles have developed to a satisfactory level. Close to the egg collection time, the hormone hCG is administered to initiate the final phase of the ovarian stimulation, and the eggs are retrieved two days later.
During the egg retrieval, the donor is placed under mild sedation for her convenience and to ensure that the delicate procedure of egg collection is done without any sudden motion. A needle is passed through the top wall of the vagina and is inserted into the ovary to retrieve the eggs. This procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. After the egg retrieval, the medical team continues to follow up with the donor to ensure she is feeling well and continuing with her life activities as she did prior to the procedure.
After the eggs are retrieved, the most viable eggs are selected, fertilized (with semen) and developed in the lab for two to three days before its transfer into the intended parent’s or surrogate’s uterus.
Where is the Egg Donation performed?
The egg donation and embryo-transfer are performed by ELITE IVF partner fertility clinics that specialize in egg donation and have a proven track record and experienced staff. ELITE IVF™s rigorous and regular monitoring of these clinics ensures a high-level of service to the donor and recipient delivering top clinical standards and patient care.
Once a surrogate is selected by the intended parents, the cycles of both the surrogate and egg donor are synchronized to ensure that the egg retrieval and embryo transfer are timed accordingly. If an egg donor is not needed and the intended parent just requires a surrogate for the gestation of the fetus, the same process applies where the intended parent will act as an egg donor to herself.
To do this most effectively, the surrogate will also be administered with medications designed to regulate hormone production and control the surrogate’s cycle so that she is ready to receive embryos at the time for the best chance of success.
Once a pregnancy is attained, the surrogate is closely monitored throughout her pregnancy. She attends all ultrasounds and tests, as previously determined in her agreement with the intended parents. Her continued health and overall care is of the utmost importance and the surrogate is continually monitored to ensure that her pregnancy is carrying well.
At the time of the planned delivery of the baby, the intended parents will join together with the surrogate at the hospital together with the surrogate to celebrate the child’s birth and to receive custody of the newborn.
“My experience with the transfer and the physicians attending to me throughout the entire process was very thorough and ran as smoothly and as comfortable as possible.”
Mariana Clarke, Surrogate