Once the application is received by Family Formers, we will reach out to you to discuss and review your application. If you meet the criteria, we will request additional photos. We mentioned it in step 1, but it is worth repeating, remember to be honest in providing all the information requested and provide the most accurate or “to the best of your knowledge” information about you and your family.
Once we have answered any and all questions you may have, we will email documents for review and signature. The documents will include:
Finally, once you have met all the requirements and the pretesting is satisfactory, you will be entered into Family Formers’ database and into their donor list. This list provides minimal information about you; your name, confidential and personal information is not provided to the intended parent(s). You are assigned an ID number in order for your profile to be presented to the intended parents for selection.
To commence a cycle, you may receive a prescription for oral contraceptives to help regulate your cycle. This will help coordinate your cycle with that of the intended mother or gestational carrier.
The second phase of medication involves an 8 to 10-day series of injections of a follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), such as Follitism or Gonal-F. This medication helps the eggs grow and mature. You will have blood work and ultrasounds regularly during the stimulation phase to determine the number and size of the eggs.
The possibility of pregnancy during this phase is very high therefore, the fertility doctor will recommend that you avoid intercourse from the first day of stimulation until one week after egg retrieval. Sometimes an egg is not retrieved and that could lead to pregnancy for you.
During the egg retrieval procedure, you will be under general anesthesia to avoid discomfort. The IVF specialist will use an ultrasound machine for guidance and will insert a needle through the back of the vaginal wall to retrieve the eggs. This procedure will take about 20-30 minutes.Recovery time varies from person to person but generally the experience of mild discomfort is similar to menstrual cramps.