“Donation” literally translates as “giving”. Like other types of donation, it is based on the voluntary donation of a part of oneself (blood, tissues, organs, cells) for the benefit of others. Free of charge or for a fee.
Egg donation is the donation of cells produced by the ovaries each month for the further use of the childless couple. It is painless, quick – basically, they are taking from you what already goes to waste every month.
Here is how the procedure goes (step by step):
- The woman is screened: 1) questionnaire; 2) appearance; 3) tests;
- The cycles of the egg donor and the recipient (mother-to-be) are synchronised.
At the same time, both women will be prepared: you will receive an estrogen boost to ovulate more actively and the mother-to-be will receive an endometrium preparation for the egg donation. During this period, you will need to visit the clinic – for ultrasound scans, blood and urine tests, examinations, and if you live nearby – and injections of hormones can do here. You will be reimbursed all your transport costs at the clinic.
A thin tube through your vagina sucks in, like a hoover, the eggs that your body has prepared to release this month. And literally straight away you are ready to go home.
Examination before egg donation
An examination before egg donation is one of its advantages. Your health will be checked backwards and forwards in the best laboratories by advanced specialists – completely free of charge. In other circumstances, such services would cost you tens of thousands of hryvnias. You will be examined for all kinds of infections and viruses, cancer, diseases of internal organs and genetic abnormalities, you’ll find out your general state of health, blood group, risks, and so on.
Here is just a sample list of tests for an egg donor:
- a general health report from a general practitioner;
- tests for all types of viruses, including HIV and hepatitis (withstand the necessary incubation periods);
- Bacterioscopy from the three ducts (vagina, cervical canal, urethra);
- Cervical smear cytology;
- Detection of antispermatic and antiphospholipid antibodies;
- General ultrasound;
- Blood tests, including blood coagulation, both general and detailed;
- Endometrial biopsy;
- blood tests for hormones: progesterone, prolactin, folitropin, testosterone, lutropin, estradiol, cortisol, thyroxine, triiodothyronine, thyrotropin, somatotropin;
- screening for urogenital infections;
- TORCH test;
- genetic markers;
- examinations by specialist doctors: gynaecologist, general practitioner, etc.
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