Becoming an Egg Donor – Step by Step Guide
*Please note: a referral, from your GP, to one of our accredited specialists is required to become an egg donor with EDA.
- Contact and Register with Egg Donors Australia
In order to become an egg donor, you need to register your interest by completing our Registration Form. This form allows us to check that you meet the initial criteria to become an Egg Donor with EDA. You can register your initial interest in three different ways:
- Lifestyle Consent Form
You will be asked to fill in Lifestyle Consent Form and take it with you to the appointment with your specialist. This consent form includes information about your medical and family history and will be reviewed by the specialist.
- Medical Consultation with Specialist
To ensure that you are medically suitable to become an egg donor you will require a consultation with one of our specialists. This doctor will review your medical and family history and explain the process of becoming an egg donor. A vaginal ultrasound examination is sometimes performed to check the normality of the ovaries and uterus. The specialist will create a treatment plan for your egg donation and give you (and your partner) pathology slips for screening tests. A referral from your GP will be required for this appointment.
- Pathology Collection
These tests are required as part of the routine screening process, necessary prior to treatment. You (and your partner ) will be required to take some screening blood tests and the results will be forwarded to your specialist.
Some of the screening blood tests you (and your partner) will be required to take are:
- Donor: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Human T-Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) 1+2, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Karyotype, Blood Group, Extended Carrier Screenings, Trombophilias, Rubella Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
- Donor Partner: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Human T-Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) 1+2, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
- Patient Education
Prior to commencing treatment, you will also need to attend a patient education session. The fertility nurse will inform you of cycle treatment, medications and their side effects, and discuss the day-to-day requirements of the treatment cycle. Consent forms are provided for you (and your partner) to fill in and sign.
It is mandatory for women who are considering donating eggs (and their partners) to attend multiple counselling sessions. Counselling provides the opportunity to discuss treatment on a more personal level. It allows you to raise issues that are more private, such as individual concerns, relationship difficulties, or current life situations that may affect the donor’s experience of treatment. You will also discuss issues related to the future rights of the child (who has been conceived from donor gametes) to know their genetic background. A “cooling off” period for a minimum of 14 days (between the first and second counselling sessions) is required before any treatment may commence, to ensure that you have been given adequate time to consider all aspects of the donation program.
- Final Review
Before the treatment can commence, the specialist and fertility nurse will do a final review of the counselling reports, blood tests and consent forms to ensure everything is ready for the treatment to begin.
Egg donors are required to undergo an IVF cycle in order to retrieve the eggs. Once you have completed the preliminary steps to becoming an egg donor you will be ready to start treatment. To learn more about what the Egg Donor Treatment and what is involved, please visit our Egg Donation Process page.
Our friendly staff is available to discuss any questions you may have about our donor program, so please feel free to contact us. We are here to help you.
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