Johannesberg, South Africa
There is no answer to this question. Sometimes an egg donor gets matched immediately, sometimes it takes a few weeks or months. It is all about timing and for the right intended parents to choose you. The Emerald Donors team puts a great deal of effort into ensuring well-presented egg donor profiles. In our experience, egg donors with high-quality pictures, an egg donor video, and with detailed answers, gets matched easier/faster.
Please read our extensive description of the egg donation process.
Never! You will be appointed a donor coordinator who will be your support throughout the process (pre-screening, cycle and post retrieval). Your donor coordinator accompanies you to the destination, all the treating clinic visits, retrieval and even some sightseeing.
You will also always have direct contact with the IVF clinic’s medical staff, Fertility Specialist and Emerald Donor’s team.
Emerald Donors was created by a passionate egg donor and Infertility Specialist to provide a safe platform where egg donors get to shine as true individuals and wholeheartedly enjoy the experience. Their years in the field revealed this was missing from most international egg donor programs.
Our multilingual and multicultural team doesn’t only consist of a prestigious Reproductive Endocrinologist & Infertility Specialist and highly trained and internationally experienced Directors and Coordinators but with members who have gone through the egg donation process themselves. This means you are dealing with individuals who have first-hand experience and understand the process both professionally and personally.
You couldn’t be in better hands.
Egg quality is deemed to deteriorate with age. We know everyone is different but 32 cut off is the general consensus for new applicants.
A higher weight requires higher doses of the stimulation medications and the excess tissue in the body affects its ability to absorb and use the hormones. There are also anesthesia and post-op complications associated with a higher BMI. With the egg donors' safety at risk, the probability of higher medication costs for the intended parents, and a chance of lower egg production, we have enforced that egg donor’s BMI must be under 28.
There are studies that indicate individuals with a low BMI are at higher risk of experiencing Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) syndrome post retrieval. Thus, with egg donors' safety being our main concern, we have enforced that donors' BMI must be above 18.
The medications listed are commonly used in this process and undergo rigorous testing for effectiveness and safety.
It is important to let us know if you are taking any medication before or during the cycle so neither your health nor the cycle is jeopardized.
The egg retrieval is done under sedation so you do not experience any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, some donors feel absolutely nothing whereas other donors experience cramping and discomfort. The cramping and discomfort is similar to menstrual cramps. Each donation is different.
Yes, the egg retrieval is done under sedation.
You can only do a cycle when you finish breastfeeding. However, you may complete your profile & we will make a note.
How does donating affect breastfeeding?
It is fine to be using birth control pills, the patch, an intrauterine device or a vaginal ring as long as you have a regular period. However, the following will halt the process:
Yes, in order to be an active donor you must be on the contraceptive pill. The pill prepares the ovaries for Stimulation. Our Fertility Specialists use the pill to control the timing of the cycle which is key. The pill also decrease the chances of cysts that could interfere with the cycle.
Yes, the egg retrieval takes place before the eggs are released by the body, which means it is irrelevant. Please however let us know this when you sign up.
Egg donors may be compensated for their time, effort and commitment. The compensation varies depending on the regulations and laws of the destination.
Your recipient will pay for your medical expenses, flights, visa, food allowance and accommodation. You are only responsible for your contraceptive pill, transportation to the airport and personal site seeing activities at the destination.
Please read our detailed egg donation process page which highlights the possible risks for each stage. Please read this carefully and ask us any questions!
Your IVF physician will discuss all potential risks and side effects with you as part of the pre-screening process.
Did you know you are born with about one to 2 million eggs! When you reach puberty, your ovaries have around 400 thousand eggs left. Every month 15-20 eggs mature inside the follicles inside your ovaries. However, usually, only one follicle reaches maturity while the rest are discarded by your body.
When you donate your eggs, the medication used fully develops all of the eggs in your follicles that are naturally available in that particular cycle. In short, no more eggs are removed than what your body naturally puts out.
A 2012 study in Belgium found that egg donation does not reduce your chances of future pregnancy. It was found that of the 60 women who tried to conceive after donating eggs, 57 were able to conceive without external help. Of the remaining three who required fertility treatment, two sought treatment due to their partner’s infertility.
However, there are serious possible complications such as OHSS or Ovarian torsion that could affect your future fertility. Please read our egg donation process page to understand the possible risks for each phase of the journey.
Basically an egg donor donates eggs and the surrogate carries the embryo. So no, it is completely different. However, both are amazing womxn wanting to make a difference in the world.
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