You Must Have Transvaginal Ultrasounds
During the screening process, ultrasound is used to evaluate your fertility potential and the health of your ovaries. During the donation cycle itself, ultrasound is used to monitor the stimulation of your ovaries.
You may have never had a transvaginal ultrasound before.
Generally, it involves a slender transducer wand and an ultrasound machine. The wand is inserted vaginally. Then, the technician uses the wand to get ultrasound images of your uterus, ovaries, and other pelvic organs.
It’s not painful, but it can be uncomfortable.
You will need a transvaginal ultrasound before you’re approved as an egg donor.
During the donor cycle, you will have several of these exams.
You Must Have Blood Work
During the screening process, blood work is required to check for a variety of diseases and do genetic testing.
During the donation cycle, you’ll need to have blood drawn almost daily for up to 10 days. This is to monitor the egg stimulation.
If you don’t like needles or get squeamish having your blood taken, egg donation is not for you.
you May Have Genetic Testing
The purpose of genetic testing is to screen for genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis or Tay Sachs.
Egg donors also need to provide a detailed family history, to help detect inherited diseases.
It is extremely important you’re honest about your family history.