Donor Egg Recipient Information
How are donors matched with recipients?
Once donors have undergone all of their screening tests, they are ready to be matched with a recipient. A donor profile is compiled from the donor information.
This profile includes information regarding:
- The donor’s age, height, weight, eye color, skin tone, education level, profession, reproductive history, hobbies, interests, special skills or talents
- A description of her personality
- Her reason for wanting to donate eggs
As soon as a donor finishes her screening, the profile is sent to the first couple on the waiting list. The recipient couple is asked to review the profile and decide if they are interested in that particular donor. If they are not, the donor is offered to the next recipient on the list. Once a donor and recipient are matched, their menstrual cycles are synchronized. The donor undergoes ovarian stimulation, while the recipient undergoes uterine preparation.
How are egg donors screened?
Potential donors undergo the following tests:
- The initial donor screening is an extensive review of the donor’s personal medical history as well as her family medical history.
- Potential donors undergo review by a genetics counselor to evaluate her risk of genetic diseases and are screened based on her risks.
- Potential donors meet with a psychologist for psychological screening and a review of their family psychological history. The psychological screening includes a consultation with a psychologist and administration of a personality test.
- Women included in our donor program must have regular menstrual cycles and a normal hormonal profile.
- Potential donors undergo screening for sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, hepatitis B and C.
- Complete physical exam
- Urine drug screening
What is the screening process for a donor egg recipient?
You must be under the age of 51 and in general good health to participate in the program. A physician will meet with you to obtain a medical and reproductive history and perform a physical exam.
Specific testing for the egg recipient will include:
- Preconception testing and counseling
- Assessment of urine cavity
- If you are over the age of 49, we recommend having a maternal fetal medicine consultation, an EKG, and possible cardiac stress test.
Contact Fertility Center of the Carolinas at (864) 455-1600 to learn more, or to schedule a consultation today at one of our four convenient locations in Greenville, Spartanburg or Anderson.