All couples that are interested in egg donation are screened prior to starting an IVF cycle
All recipients of donor eggs should also undergo screening prior to an egg donation cycle. In accordance with ASRM guidelines, potential donor egg recipients should have a thorough history taken and should undergo a comprehensive physical exam; depending on the patient’s age, a mammogram, colonoscopy, and/or electrocardiogram may be indicated.
Blood testing should include blood type and Rh factor, and rubella and varicella titers. Recipients should be offered immunization if nonimmune to these viruses. Other screening tests may include testing for syphilis (RPR), hepatitis B and hepatitis C, cytomegalovirus (CMV) antibodies, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
The partner of the donor egg recipient should have a semen analysis performed and should undergo screening for blood type and Rh factor, serologic testing for syphilis (RPR), hepatitis B and C antibody, cytomegalovirus antibodies, and HIV. Genetic Screening and testing should be offered when indicated.
The recipient should also undergo evaluation of her uterine cavity to rule out any uterine factors (such as polyps, fibroids, congenital abnormalities) that may hinder embryo implantation.
In regard to the psychological evaluation, all couples using an egg donor to conceive should undergo psychological counseling prior to embarking upon an egg donation cycle.
If you’d like more information on how this option could work for you, or if you want to get started as an egg donor, please contact us.