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Understanding the Egg Donation Process
Every egg donor has a unique background and we appreciate every decision to enroll in our program. Typically, the entire egg donation process takes four to six months, from application to egg retrieval. Though we have a standard process, each journey is different and can vary. Below is what most egg donors can expect when they enroll in the Magic Journeys Egg Donation Program.
Stage 1: Admissions
The Magic Journeys egg donor application can be completed and submitted online. Once the application is reviewed and accepted, a donor specialist will reach out to assist the donor through the admissions process. During this stage, the egg donor is asked to do a video consultation, complete paperwork, undergo fertility and genetic testing, and create an online profile in our egg donor database. This stage typically takes one to two months. Most of the time during this stage is spent waiting for the donor’s menstrual cycle so that we can do a fertility test and review the results.
Stage 2: Egg Donor Selection
At this stage, donors are waiting to be selected by the intended parents (IPs). IPs are looking for unique qualities in an egg donor and it may be a few days, weeks, or months until a match is made. Throughout the egg donation process, egg donors are guided by a donor specialist and receive regular updates about inquiries into their profiles. The enrollment criteria for our Egg Donation Program is highly selective and egg donors can be certain that they have a high chance of being selected. Every time a match is made, the donor should know that the IPs specifically requested her and look forward to the next step of the process.
Stage 3: Screening
At this stage, the donor is matched with a case specialist who will direct them to an IVF clinic for screening. IVF physicians will run tests to make sure the donor is in good health and can go through the egg donation process. Further details about the medical tests can be provided by the case specialist and IVF physician. The egg donor will also complete a psychological screening with a Magic Journeys mental health professional. Donors are typically required to travel for screening and the costs are covered.
Stage 4: Legal
Once it’s time to seal the deal, the donor will have an attorney assigned to them who will go over the details of the legal agreement. This is necessary to make sure both parties understand their legal rights and obligations during and after the egg donation process. The screening and legal stages are typically completed in one to three months.
Stage 5: Egg Retrieval
Before egg retrieval can take place, the donor is required to have a few appointments with an IVF clinic to create a calendar of medications. The donor may need to take a round of birth control pills to help decrease the possibility of developing cysts and give the doctor greater control over the timing of the cycle. Medication requirements will vary for each egg donor, depending on her health and other physical factors.
The donor will visit the IVF clinic to receive injectable medications for about two weeks until it’s time for egg retrieval. The egg retrieval process lasts about 15 to 20 minutes and we ask our donors to stay in town for a day or two after the procedure. There will be one more monitoring appointment at a local healthcare facility to make sure the donor’s body has returned to normal.
Stage 6: Final Paperwork
After the egg retrieval, the donor specialist will work with the donor to finalize the case, provide the donor with complete records, and ask if the donor would like to go through the egg donation process again. The Magic Journeys team strives to create a safe and enjoyable experience for all egg donors and hopes to see egg donors return to our program.
On to Surrogacy
Once the egg donation process is finished, the intended parents will work with a gestational surrogate or the intended mother to attempt a pregnancy. If you’re interested in helping parents start or grow a family, reach out to us to learn more about our Egg Donation Program.