The Egg Donor Process

1. FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION

This is the first step and most important part of the process, as you should fill out the application with complete honesty. [start application]

2. APPLICATION SCREENING PROCESS 

Once the application is received by Family Formers, they will review it. If the Donor meets all of the criteria, a Family Formers member will make an initial contact.

Upon initial contact, Family Formers will request for more photos (Face Shots, Full Body and Baby pictures) and follow up on your application. It
is very important that the donor 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.

Upon initial contact, Family Formers will request for more photos (Face Shots, Full Body and Baby pictures). If needed, they will also request for more clarification on your application. It is very important that the donor be honest in providing all the information. It is also very important to provide the most accurate or “to the best of your knowledge” information about you and your family.

3. FOLLOW-UP MEETINGS & PHONE CALLS 

When the Donor provides all requested information and passes all the initial Family Formers’ requirements, one of the Directors will contact the Donor by a phone call and/or request for a meeting. Here, the Donor and the Director will discuss any questions or concerns that both parties may have. If the Donor is cleared, the next step would be completing the rest of the required paperwork for her file.

4. PAPERWORK

The Donor will be emailed documents for review and signature. The documents will include:

HIPPA Form

Egg Donation Records Release Form (if you have Donated before)

Physician Records Release Form (if you have had a recent PAP Smear test completed within the last year)

Donor Agreement 

Insurance Acknowledge 

Medical Sign Procedure

5. PRETESTING FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO EGG DONATION PROGRAM

Donors will undergo pretesting in order to be accepted into Family Formers’ Egg Donation Program.

6. DONOR LIST

Finally, when the donor meets all the requirements and their pretesting is satisfactory, the Donor will be entered into Family Formers’ Data Base
and into their Donor List. This list provides a brief information about the Donor. No name, confidential and personal information is provided to
the Intended Parent(s). The Donor is assigned an ID number in order for her profile to be presented to the Intended Parents for selection.

7. THE MATCH

Family Formers will present several Donors’ profiles to the Intended Parents’ (IPs) based on their characteristics’ request. Once IPs have selected a donor of their liking, the chosen donor will be contacted and informed of the match and explain next steps. 

8. PSYCHOLOGICAL & MEDICAL EVALUATION 

Donor will complete a psychological test (MMPI-II) and an interview with a psychologist with a specialty in the Fertility field. Donor will go
through a medical screening at the IPs IVF clinic. Medical screening will include ultrasound of the ovaries, FDA bloodwork to rule out any STDs, a
genetic screening panel, and a physical examination. Once the donor is psychologically and medically cleared, Donor will receive a calendar for
potential dates of the donation, pending the receipt of the Clearance Letter from the IPs attorney.

9. LEGAL 

The IPs will have their attorney draft an Anonymous Egg Donation Agreement between the IPs and the anonymous Donor. The Donor will have
her own legal representation (paid for by the IPs). Once the agreement is fully executed, the IVF clinic will receive a notification from the IPs’
attorney confirming that all Parties have signed the agreement and the Donation can take place.

10. MEDICATION CYCLE & EGG RETRIEVAL:

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 8-10 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.

You will be under general anesthesia to avoid discomfort during the egg retrieval procedure. 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 similar to menstrual cramps for a few days is normal.