Becoming an Egg Donor – Step by Step Guide

The Preliminaries

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*Please note: a referral, from your GP, to one of our accredited specialists is required to become an egg donor with EDA.

  1. 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:

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pathology Collection
    These tests are required as part of the routine screening process necessary prior to treatment. You (and your partner ) will need to get the blood tests completed and the results will be forwarded to your specialist.
    Some of the screening blood tests required are:

    • Donor: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Human T-Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) 1+2, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Cystic Fibrosis, Karyotype, Blood Group, Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Thrombophilias and Rubella.
    • Donor Partner: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Human T-Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) 1+2, Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  5. Fertility Coordinator Information Session
    Prior to commencing treatment you will also need to attend a nurse interview. The fertility coordinator 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.
  6. Counselling
    It is mandatory for women who are considering donating eggs (and their partners) to attend a counselling session. 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 child’s (who has been conceived from donor gametes) future right to know their genetic background. A “cooling off” period for a minimum of 14 days (between the first and second counselling session) is required before any treatment may commence, to ensure that you have been given adequate time to consider all aspects of the donation program.
  7. Final Review
    Before the treatment can commence, the specialist and fertility coordinators will do final review on 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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