Frequently Asked Questions
- How long has The Egg Donor Program been facilitating egg donations?
- We are proud to have been assisting families since 1991, and have since administered thousands of egg donor cycles.
- What is a typical timeline of events for Recipients with The Egg Donor Program?
Recipient(s) have a consultation with The Egg Donor Program director, Shelley Smith.
Recipient(s) select a donor. Comprehensive donor profiles are available online, as well as the donor's responses from our multiple interviews with her prior to acceptance into the Program. Your Egg Donor Cycle Coordinator can offer valuable guidance during the process of choosing your donor, and we will also make recommendations based upon our consultation with you.
Once your donor is selected, we will schedule your donor for her initial medical screening with your fertility specialist or her monitoring physician's office (if out-of-town), and you will work with your fertility specialist to establish a calendar for your egg donor cycle.
The Egg Donor Program will send you your Program contract for your signature and refer you to an attorney's office for the completion of your legal paperwork with your donor.
Your donor will have a consultation with a licensed geneticist.
Recipient(s) work with the attorney's office to arrange for execution of all legal documents for the ovum donation cycle. Your donor will also be working with an attorney for her legal paperwork for your cycle. (These attorneys' fees are covered in your fees with The Egg Donor Program)
When the calendar for the cycle is established and all legal paperwork is completed, both the Recipient Mother and her donor will begin medications as determined by your fertility specialist in preparation for egg retrieval. Your Egg donor Cycle Coordinator will undertake arranging for all of your donor's doctor's appointments and travel (if necessary).
When stimulation phase of medications is complete, your donor will take her final HcG injection and your fertility specialist performs her egg retrieval procedure 36 hours later.
The eggs are fertilized by your embryologist.
Approximately 3 days following the retrieval, the Recipient Mother will undergo embryo transfer with her fertility specialist. The remaining embryos are frozen by your fertility specialist for use in future cycles, if necessary. If you and your fertility specialist opt to not undergo immediate transfer of your embryos, then all embryos are frozen for your future IVF cycles.
- How long does it take to complete an ovum donation cycle once I've chosen a donor?
- The standard time frame is 2-3 months once your egg donor is confirmed with The Egg Donor Program.
- Why does your program require a consultation for potential Recipients?
- The decision to use donor eggs is a personal one, and this time allows the founder of our program, Shelley Smith, a licensed Family Therapist, to explain to you how the Program and donor selection processes work, the legal aspects involved with egg donation, and answer any questions you might have. We can also get non-identifiable information from you to share with the donor. We are happy to accommodate you for your consultation either via phone or in-person, depending upon your geographical location and time constraints.
- I am not from Los Angeles - can The Egg Donor Program refer me to a Reproductive Endocrinologist?
- Certainly. We pride ourselves on working with only the finest reproductive-specialty physicians, all of which have earned our trust through several procedures. Please see our Resources page for a listing of our current preferred physicians - there are several to choose from throughout California and Seattle, WA.
- What are the costs?
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- If my donor is required to travel, what additional costs are incurred?
- Please click here for specific travel costs.
- What kind of contact can I expect to have with my donor?
- The amount of contact available to you varies depending on your donor. Many of our donors choose to remain anonymous throughout the donation process. However, if your donor is amenable and you desire, we can arrange a facilitated face-to-face meeting after your donor is confirmed for your cycle. We also encourage the use of letters to introduce yourself to the donor and thank her for sharing her gift with you. We respect the personal nature of the choice to use an ovum donor and will only share with the donor the information you permit.
- Our fertility specialist has advised us that we would increase our chances of achieving pregnancy via a surrogate. Can The Egg Donor Program help?
Yes. The Surrogacy Program, also directed by Shelley Smith, can assist you in
your search for a surrogate. It is not uncommon that we coordinate egg donor
cycles for eventual embryo transfer to a surrogate.
Please call our offices at 818-506-9300, and we would be delighted to provide
you with more information on this exceptional group of women.
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- Are all of the donors in your database currently available to donate?
- Yes. Donors visible to you in our database are available to donate. Once a donor is confirmed for a cycle, her profile is "hidden" from view within 3 days until she is available to donate again. The rare exception may occur when a donor is placed "on hold" by another Recipient. Your Egg Donor Cycle Coordinator will be able to tell you if a donor you're interested in is on hold for another Recipient. We do not hide the profiles of donors "on hold."