Process

We truly understand how important and overwhelming choosing the right donor can be. Unlike larger agencies, here at Eggspecting, we know most of our donors very well.  We encourage you to contact us, during your search of our database, and to ask us questions about your donor choices so that we can assist you in making the best match possible.

We play a key role as the liaison between you, your donor, and all the professionals involved to make this process run smoothly. We are available to you and your donor via email, telephone and face-to-face meetings from the beginning of the process until completion.

Eggspecting provides the best egg donation choices at a fee that is lower than that of many large agencies. We strive to provide caring, professional, quality service and will match couples and individuals with the most suitable egg donor based on their individual needs.

Donor Criteria for Eggspecting:

  • Donor must be between the ages of 21 and 30
  • Must be in excellent health
  • Donors must have a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 18-27
  • Non-smoker, non-drug user and is not alcohol dependent
  • No Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • No family history of genetic disorders
  • No significant family history of Cancer (significant meaning multiple immediate family members)
  • Not undergoing treatment for depression or anxiety
  • Donor must have obtained a high school diploma
  • Must have flexibility in daily schedule, for 6-8 weeks, to attend all appointments
  • Donors cannot be on or have had the Depo Provera shot for at least 8 months be on Nor-Plant or hormonal IUD
  • Donors cannot have obtained any tattoos, body piercing, or blood transfusions any time within the past 12 months
  • Willing to go through medical and psychological screening
  • Willing to consent to drug and nicotine testing
  • Must be willing to self-administer daily injections or have someone who can administer
  • Willing to update application/profile semi-annually

 

Recipient Information- The Process

Prior to accessing our online donor database we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the process.  

Phase 1:  Information and Selection

  • Prospective Parent review Eggspecting's Online Donor Database and select donor(s) interested in working with
  • Initial consultation to explain the process in great detail, determine your needs and expectations, answer all your questions about your donor candidates and check their availability.
  • Intended Parents may ask additional questions of the Donor that are not addressed in her profile and/or may request to have a phone conversation with the Donor (which we can set up anonymously via conference calling) and/or may request to meet the Donor (if the Donor is agreeable to an open donation)
  • Once Intended Parents decide to work with a particular Donor, a formal contract between Eggspecting and Intended Parents is completed and initial payment will be due at this time. A Donor’s availability cannot be guaranteed until this fee is submitted and the agreement is signed.

 

Phase 2: Donor Screening

  • Upon receipt of the signed agency agreement and initial fees, your donor will begin the Egg Donor screening process.  Eggspecting will make contact with your fertility doctor to provide a “matching letter” and to provide necessary information to begin the donor screening.  You doctor will also be given a password to view your donor’s full online profile if he/she chooses.
  • Donor will begin the medical and psychological screening determined by the primary IVF clinic. We will assist your donor in obtaining all of her appointments and keeping you informed each step of the way.
  • Once the initial screening has been done, and your donor has been psychologically and medically cleared to donate, we will request the remaining funds for the Donor Trust Fund. At this time we will also move onto Legal.

 

Phase 3: Legal

  • Once medical and psych clearance has been completed, the Donor and Intended Parents will sign an egg donor contract with one another (each party will be represented by an independent attorney). This contract will address all the legal implications of an egg donation agreement, including the legal responsibility of both parties, compensation, agreement terms, ownership of eggs, embryos, and child(ren) resulting from the pregnancy, etc.
  • Upon receipt of the finalized and signed Egg Donor Agreement by both parties, the drafting attorney will send your doctor a legal clearance letter.  This will enable your doctor to begin the medical cycle. 
  • All signed documents/contracts and funds for the Donor Trust Fund must be in place before the donor can start any injectible cycle medications. 

 

Phase 4:  Medical

  • Your fertility doctor will begin with the synchronizing of menstrual cycles. 
  • Fertility drugs will be given to your donor so that her ovaries are stimulated to produce many eggs. 
  • While the donor’s ovaries are being stimulated the Recipient (or surrogate) is receiving treatment to prepare the lining of her uterus to receive the embryos.
  • Under mild sedation, the Donor’s eggs are aspirated utilizing an ultrasound guided needle through the vaginal wall into the ovaries.  The donor eggs are then mixed with the Intended Father’s sperm and then incubated for 3-5 days to fertilize and to allow the cells to divide.  Several embryos are transferred and implanted in the uterus of the Intended Mother (or surrogate) and the remaining embryos are frozen for possible later use.
  • Once we receive confirmation that the retrieval has taken place, we will send the Egg Donor her compensation from the donor Trust Fund.
  • 8-14 days post transfer you will receive a blood test in your doctor’s office to verify if a pregnancy has been achieved.
  • 30-90 days post retrieval, or after all invoices and/or receipts have been received by Eggspecting, you will be provided with a spreadsheet outlining all your Deposits into the Donor Trust Fund and costs incurred by the Egg Donor for your specific cycle.  Also at this time, if there is any overpayment or remaining funds in the Donor Trust Fund, you will receive a reimbursement check.

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