The Donation Process
General health assessment
This can be done by a nurse or a doctor, over the telephone or at an appointment in the clinic. We will take a full personal medical and family history, in the form of a detailed health questionnaire. It is essential that that the potential donor gives accurate information and ensures that the Fertility Centre is aware of any relevant medical conditions. We will also ask for your written permission to contact your GP in order to confirm your health status.
All potential donors will meet the counsellor and the effects of this procedure, on the donor, her family and children are discussed. We also like to ensure that the donor’s partner is in agreement before we begin the donation process.
We encourage all donors to discuss their donation with their children when appropriate to their age. We make sure that the welfare of any potential children born from your donation is carefully considered during counselling with the recipient couple.
Screening and Consent
At this appointment you will see a nurse. It will take approximately 1 hour.
You should bring a form of I.D. such as a passport or driving licence as we will need a copy for our records.
All details needed to register you as a donor with the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) will be taken and you will be asked to provide a pen portrait about yourself (you can take this part away with you to complete).
The paperwork and consent forms needed for the process will be explained and completed.
Blood samples will be taken for infective disorders, genetic disorders and to check that your ovaries are working well.
Vaginal swabs are also taken to test for infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
The implications of having these tests are fully discussed before samples are taken. The results of the tests are confidential and the results are made known only to the donor. Without her written permission not even your GP can be informed.
Final appointment (before treatment begins)
This appointment will also last about 1 hour and is again with a nurse. The results of all tests will be discussed. The process of actually donating your eggs will be fully explained and further paperwork will be completed
Start of treatment.
You can decide which month to start the process of donating your eggs. Remember that the process will take approximately 6 weeks across 2 menstrual cycles. The process begins on day 21 of your menstrual cycle. This involves daily injections for 2 to 3 weeks to switch off your own hormones, followed by approximately 2 weeks of more injections to stimulate your ovaries to grow eggs. All injections are given into the fat layer just under the skin. We will teach you to do these injections yourself. The nurses will do vaginal ultrasound scans to monitor your progress. You will then have a minor operation under general anaesthetic to collect the eggs. This takes place in our department and only takes approximately 30 minutes.
This completes the process. You may then go home when feeling well enough for a well earned rest! You will need to organise for a friend or relative to take you home and be with you for 24 hours until you are fully recovered from the anaesthetic.