Introduction to Colorado Egg Donation
Infertility in women is very common and can affect close to 15% of women trying to conceive. With the use of eggs donated by healthy women, most recipients with infertility due to egg quality or genetic problems will successfully become pregnant. There are many different steps that are taken before an egg is actually donated and implanted into the recipient.
Steps for Colorado egg donation include the application process, medical review and approval, physician screening, blood tests, screening for communicable diseases and interviews. Most women who have donated eggs have done this multiple times, and consider it an honor and rewarding experience to be able to make a couple’s dream come true while helping bring a new life into the world.
There are many reasons why a woman is infertile. Infertility can be a result from not being born with functional ovaries. It can occur due to medical conditions, removal of the ovaries, or even from menopause at an early age. There are also serious genetic conditions a woman may have that could be passed on to her child if the woman used her own eggs. This inherited disease can be eliminated by using a healthy donated egg. Some women may require donated eggs due to a poor quality of eggs in previous fertility treatment attempts. Many women who need egg donors to conceive are between the age of 25-42.
Once a woman has decided to become a Colorado egg donor, there are several important steps and safeguards put in place to ensure a safe, successful, and satisfying experience. This initial donation process could last as little as six weeks to possibly four months. Generally, ideal donors are in their 20s and 30s, are within 20 pounds of their ideal weight, have no medical issues, and are non-smokers. If the potential donor meets the basic criteria, the following steps may be included prior to donation:
- Application and Questionnaire- This can include personal information and history, as well as all known medical history. When submitting an application, donors may also be required to submit a picture and set up a personal account.
- Medical Screening- A physical exam is administered, as well as egg quality testing. At this time blood is also taken to screen for hepatitis, HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Psychological Evaluation- This is generally done after the exam and blood results have been performed at it is deemed that the egg donor has no communicable diseases and good egg quality. Most evaluations will involve an evaluation session with a psychologist.
- Legal Process- Once the patient is medically and psychologically cleared, a legal contract is finalized and signed. After this the medical procedure is started.
The medical procedure begins with medications that are injected to stimulate the ovaries to grow multiple eggs. Throughout the medical process a series of injections are given for increasing egg production, as well as a final series of injections for timing and maturation of the egg for the retrieval process. This part is called Ovarian stimulation and monitoring.
During the monitoring process, blood is also taken, along with ultrasounds to monitor growth. Once the eggs have reached their proper maturation, it is time for them to be retrieved. The retrieval process usually takes between 10 – 20 minutes, and the eggs are extracted with a needle that is guided with ultrasound. The egg donor will receive anesthesia through an intravenous for pain and sedation. After the retrieval the egg donor will recover at the office until the sedation wears off for about 1 hour.
The donors can return to their normal life the following day, as long as there is not excessive exercise, prolonged standing or heavy lifting. The donors can expect some pain in their ovaries for approximately 2 weeks after the egg retrieval. It is recommended that donors refrain from sexual activity for up to two weeks following the donation.