Egg donation is the process where a woman donates her eggs to another woman so that she can conceive as part of an assisted reproduction treatment. The oocytes from the donor are combined with spermatozoa from the recipient couple to produce embryos.These embryos are then transferred to the recipient couple in order to achieve pregnancy.
What does the screening process involve?
- Egg donor screening- Egg donors will go through an initial screening to determine their ability to produce eggs. Only donors applicants who pass the fertility screening steps can be matched with a recipient couple.
- Medical tests- A donor is tested for several factors including blood type, infectious diseases, drug use and overall health.
- Genetic screening- The donor’s family history will be assessed through blood tests to be aware of possible hereditary diseases or genetic disorders like sickle cell anemia, thalassemia etc.
- Psychological testing- This involves the donor meeting a psychologist to ensure she is aware of the risks and benefits and fully understands what the process entails.