Learn how Donor Egg Bank America provides frozen eggs to future parents.

How to Prepare to Donate Your Eggs

Once you, as the egg donor, are matched with the intended parents, the donation process begins. Medically speaking, you will undergo different screenings (fertility, medical, genetic and psychological) immediately prior to starting birth control pills to synchronize your cycle to the recipient’s. As the egg donation process continues, you will need to attend medical appointments, including for the actual egg retrieval procedure, which will mark the end of your donation cycle.

But what about before all this takes place? What needs to be prepared before the donation process begins? Is there anything egg donors need to know in advance?

Egg Donor America understands that the time between being matched with the intended parents and starting your donation cycle can seem a bit daunting, especially for a first-time donor. In practical terms, there isn’t much required of an egg donor in this time period. You will be asked to take care of yourself as you normally would – maintaining a healthy diet, getting moderate exercise, and avoiding tobacco and illegal drug use.

But there are things donors can do ahead of their donation cycle to help make things easier, and we’ve offered advice on how to do so below.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – Unless you have a personal connection to the world of egg donation, this is likely to be an entirely new experience. You will have questions, and you should feel confident in asking them. Case managers, such as those at Egg Donor America, have already heard or thought of the many potential questions/concerns of egg donors. Your questions are important. You should be as educated as possible about egg donation in order to help ensure a positive, affirming experience.

  • Plan out your donation cycle schedule – Whenever possible, egg donors should plan for their donation cycle. Egg donation requires a number of can’t-miss doctor’s appointments, which means that school/work will need to be scheduled around these visits. You will also need to plan for your recovery post-egg retrieval. Most donors return to their normal routine quickly, but in case you are not feeling up to it, you will need to plan accordingly.

  • Talk to trusted family members and friends – Many egg donors find themselves in the position of being an “egg donation educator” to those who are unfamiliar with the process. Insensitive comments, even from those who are well-meaning, are unfortunately common, but donors should have a support system available before, during and after egg donation. Egg donation requires dedicated effort, just like many commitments we make. And just like other commitments, we may want support from time to time.

Current and prospective egg donors are encouraged to contact Egg Donor America with any additional questions they may have about preparing to donate their eggs.

Related Topics: Egg donation cycle, Egg retrieval, Egg donor support