The Egg Donation Procedure

The egg donation procedure refers to the process during which a woman donates eggs to another woman (recipient) who is unable to conceive a baby. This is done by means of a procedure known as In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). The actual fertilisation of the eggs is done in the laboratory before they are placed in the recipient’s womb.

Egg donors are first screened by our egg donor coordinator and a medical doctor who specialises in the field of reproductive medicine. Once a donor has been chosen to donate by a recipient, the donor will undergo IVF stimulation therapy prior to the egg retrieval procedure. After the eggs have been retrieved, the eggs (ova), are then fertilised with sperm that has been donated by a sperm donor, or a husband or partner of the recipient. This part is done in the laboratory.

After several days the doctor will choose the best embryo(s) resulting from the number of eggs that were fertilised. By this time, the recipient would have started medication around the same time that her egg donor started hers. The embryo will then be transferred into the recipient’s womb.