Egg Donor Screening
1. Donor selection:
- Young women aged between 18-35 years;
- Perfect physical and mental health;
- Thoroughly screened - do not exhibit detrimental habits or addictions;
- Proven fertility;
- Have no hereditary illnesses and negative phenotypic signs.
2. Donor interview
A donor interview includes a detailed medical and psychological history about the donor and close blood relatives. It will include questions about the use of cigarettes, alcohol, both prescription and illegal drugs etc.
3. Psychological evaluation
Donors are assessed by a psychologist, in order to determine their psychological health. They are also required to complete a psychological test.
4. Antral follicle count and examination
A fertility doctor examines a donor's antral follicle count and concludes their eligibility for the programme.
5. Screening for infectious and genetic conditions
All egg donors are screened for the following conditions listed below and are rescreened immediately before starting the programme.
Egg donor examinations (Infectious Disease Testing):
- HIV 1, 2 & 0
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Fragile X
6. Stimulation protocol
After thorough screening and a pelvic ultrasound scan, a stimulation protocol is set up to retrieve good quality oocytes and for the procedure to be safe for the donor.
7. Oocyte aspiration procedure
An oocyte aspiration procedure is conducted by an experienced doctor and our medical staff maintain a safe and comfortable environment for a donating women.
8. Blood sample collection
We collect blood samples for storage and for additional screening on the day of donation.
9. Confirmation from the embryologist of the quality and quantity of oocytes collected
Received oocytes are examined, then vitrified by our embryologist and transferred to a liquid nitrogen tank for storage.