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What's the Wait? What Intended Parents Need to Know about the Donor Cycle Timeline
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24 hours in a day. 7 days in a week. 52 weeks in a year.

Time is precious.

For most couples, they know exactly how much time it will take until they can hold a new baby in their arms: 9 months. For Intended parents looking into egg donation, there is no time limit. No end date to circle on the calendar. Just the hope that someday they’ll get a family. 

And the waiting can be excruciating. 

When a couple comes to us, they don’t want to wait any longer to start their family -- we get that. So we’re here to help you understand exactly how long you can expect a donor cycle to take. Because the more we can help you plan and prepare, the better. 

What is a Donor Cycle?

Every woman has a natural cycle -- more commonly called her period. When a woman decides to donate eggs, her cycle plays a significant role in exactly when the egg donation time will be. 

 Here’s the breakdown of a donor cycle and how it affects intended parents.

Making the Match

Once a woman has been approved for egg donation, her profile will be uploaded into our donor database. This database is where intended parents can find the perfect donor.  At Elevate, we pride ourselves in offering the best donors that meet all the requirements

Contract Agreement

After a match has been made, there is some legal work that needs to be completed. This protects all parties involved. At this time, agreements are made regarding payment, schedules, and the personal relationship with the donor going forward.

After the legal details have been worked out, it’s time to get the donor ready to donate her eggs. 

Egg Retrieval Process

Your IVF physician will decide when to put the donor on oral contraceptive pills. Yep, that pill. The regular pill that millions of women choose to take every day. This contraceptive will keep the hormones and ovaries in a non-ovulatory state.

After a few weeks on the pill, she’ll go in for a baseline checkup. This checkup will include bloodwork and an ultrasound. Just to be sure everything looks normal and healthy.

 If everything looks good, the donor will start her injections two days after her period begins (and a few days after she stops birth control). These injections will stimulate many eggs to grow and mature in the ovaries. These injections last 10 days. During this time, the donor will be monitored closely. When the time is right, the donor will receive a trigger shot.

About 34-36 hours after the trigger shot, the egg retrieval will happen. This is a short 20 to 30-minute procedure where the eggs are harvested. It is a minimally invasive procedure, and the donor should be back on her feet after a day or two of rest. 

And there you have it; that’s the breakdown of a donor cycle. After the legal arrangements have been made, you can plan on about 6 weeks until you have your eggs. 

Now What?

After the fresh donor eggs are retrieved, they are immediately fertilized with male sperm. At this point, you can either transfer the healthy embryos to the surrogate or freeze the embryos to use for future children. 

 Some intended parents are anxious to start their family and will have a surrogate mother lined up for an immediate transfer. If this is the way you’d like to go, be aware that it can be challenging to get the timing right between the egg donor’s cycle and making sure the surrogate mother is ready.

 Many intended couples like to freeze the embryos. This allows them time to find a surrogate and get their affairs in order before the baby comes.   

Time Well Spent

No matter what way you look at it, the time spent waiting for a donor cycle is time well spent. These are critical weeks that are used to make sure that your egg donor experience is as successful as possible. It is a delicate process that can’t be rushed,

If you’re interested in learning more about how to get your family clock ticking, come register with us. We’re here to help you. 

All About the Eggs: How to Find the Perfect Donor Eggs

Hey! We’re Elevate Egg Agency and it’s nice to meet you.

If you’re here, it probably means you have already been on this baby-making-journey for some time. And now you’ve ended up here looking for an alternative way to build a family.  

Whether you’re a gay couple, an older couple, a health-compromised couple, or a maybe you’re not even part of a couple at all -- no matter your situation, we’re happy to have you. 

And we are going to help you find the perfect donor eggs.

Realistic Expectations

Finding the perfect egg donor can be emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing for a couple.  That being said, it is important for any intended couple to keep in mind that no one is practically perfect in every way -- except for Mary Poppins, of course.

You will need to decide what is most important such as:

  • Do you want the child to resemble you and your partner?

  • Is skin color, eye color, and hair color important?

  • What sort of personality traits will fit in best with your lifestyle?

  • Do you want the donor involved in the child’s life?

  • How important is IQ or education?

  • Is height and weight an important factor? 

Decide what is most important, then go from there.  But, you can be assured, we will try to get you everything on your checklist.

Physical Traits

Let’s start with physical traits. This is usually what couples first notice about an egg donor. It’s completely normal -- and very understandable --  that intended parents want their child to look like them. Couples will often look for egg donors who resemble themselves. Maybe they have the same coloring or the same build.  

Our donor database offers many girls to choose from who all have different physical characteristics. If you and your partner have light eyes, then find a donor who has light eyes as well. Whether you’re looking for a certain type of hair or your mother’s perfect nose, we can help you find them.  

Perhaps you are hoping for a basketball player to follow in your footsteps. There’s nothing wrong with finding a tall and athletic donor to increase those chances. Decide what the most important physical traits are and go from there.

Personality Traits and IQ

Think about the personality that will fit in best with your family. If you are a carefree couple who likes to travel, is it really that important that your donor graduated from Harvard Law School? 

Look for a donor who you’d like to hang out with. Maybe, someone, you could see being a friend. Find a donor who has personality traits that you are drawn to.  Do you have similar interests? Does she sound interesting? Would you want to get to know her better?  

Read the donor’s profile, see what she has to say and then trust your gut feeling. You’ll soon be able to tell which donors would be a good fit and which donors who wouldn’t.

Medical History and Mental Health

As part of the egg donor application process, egg donors are asked for an extensive medical history.  They must be clean of any STDs, be a nonsmoker, and pass a psychological evaluation.  

By the time you see them as an option, they have already been thoroughly screened by our agency to make sure they are fit for donation. 

That being said, there are some additional health factors you may want to consider.

Genetic testing will need to be done to see if the intended couple and the donor are carriers for any of the same genetic diseases or disorders. If so, this will increase the chances of the baby having some sort of disability. 

You may also want to make sure the donor has the same blood type as one of the intended parents. This may make donating blood to your child -- if they ever need it -- easier in the future. 

Has the Donor Donated Before?

Some couples prefer to use a donor who has previously donated eggs successfully. This proves that she tolerated the fertility drugs well and was able to provide a good amount of eggs for IVF

However, don’t rule out a first-time donor. A first time donor will have a lower compensation rate and the probability is high that a young donor will provide excellent results even in her first round of donating. 

There is no wrong decision, just decide what you and your partner are most comfortable with.

Unknown Vs Known

Now let’s focus on the long-term goals.  

There are different contracts that you can enter into with a donor. Some donors like to remain anonymous throughout the entire process.  The agency you work with will not share either party’s contact information at any time. She will donate her eggs, and then the deal is done.  

In other cases, some intended parents and donors can decide to have contact. Some choose to have limited interactions with each other through the process, while other couples allow the donor to be an active part of the child’s life. For example, they may decide to let the donor meet the child or share pictures. 

This is an extremely personal decision that you and your partner will need to decide together. Again, there is no wrong choice. Just whatever feels right.

The Perfect Donor Eggs

Trust us, the perfect donor eggs are out there and we’re here to help you find them. So don’t wait any longer. Let us help you on the next step of your journey: to finally get that little miracle you’ve been dreaming of.