Have you ever thought about helping an infertile couple? By being an egg donor, you can help make someone’s dreams of parenthood come true. This has been a treatment option for couples for over 20 years.

Egg donation is a process where young women are willing to donate eggs to a woman whose eggs are no longer capable of creating a pregnancy. Some of the reasons that cause this inability are premature menopause, chemotherapy, ovarian surgery, and advanced maternal age. Young eggs that are donated can help overcome these obstacles.

In order to be eligible for egg donation, a woman should be between the ages of 21- 31 years old and be in good health. It is also extremely helpful for her to know as much as possible about her family’s medical history. This information is something that is shared with the egg recipient, so that they have a genetic health history for their potential child. At IVF New Jersey, egg donation is anonymous.

The initial steps in becoming an egg donor include the gathering of basic information, engaging in a psychological evaluation, and meeting with a healthcare professional to discuss her medical and social history. Once these are completed, the donor undergoes a complete physical exam to ensure that she is in good health. If the donor meets the requirements, she is then added to the donor pool and within a relatively short period of time she is matched with a recipient. Once matched, the actual process begins.

The donor comes in at the beginning of her menstrual cycle for a reproductive assessment. This will include a blood test for hormone levels and a baseline ultrasound of the ovaries. If everything looks good, she is asked to begin birth control pills in order to coordinate her cycle with that of the recipient.

Once on the pill, she is told when to come back to start injections. The medication given by injection is what stimulates the growth of numerous eggs in the ovaries. A nurse sits with the donor and teaches her how to administer the medication. Most women do the injections themselves. The needles are very small and in most cases painless. The approximate number of days that someone takes the injections varies from 2-3 weeks. During this time, the donor returns to the fertility center for follow up blood tests and ultrasounds several times in order to monitor her response to the medication. Two days after the last day of injections, the eggs are removed by needle aspiration under anesthesia. This is a quick office based procedure and is minimally invasive.

Egg donors are financially compensated at the end of their treatment cycle. The compensation is for your time and effort and donors typically feel that they’ve given a priceless gift to a couple in need.

For more information call 732-220-9060 X694 or e-mail donorteam@ivfnj.com.

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